Game Commissioners set doe license allocation
By Bob Frye
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's deer seasons are going to look similar this fall to last, although there will be fewer doe licenses available to hunters in places.
Game commissioners on Monday gave final approval to seasons and bag limits for 2013-14. The same 11 wildlife management units that featured 12 days of concurrent buck and doe hunting in the firearms deer season last year will be run that way again. Twelve — counting the one new unit, 2H — will be managed with a split season, with five days of buck-only hunting followed by seven days of concurrent.
That's what the board preliminarily adopted back in January.
Where commissioners veered was in deciding how many doe licenses to issue.
The board had recommendations from its biologists for each unit. It went away from those on occasion, however.
Biologists had recommended the board issue 51,000 doe tags for wildlife management unit 2C, for example. That unit takes in all of Somerset County and parts of Westmoreland, Fayette, Indiana, Cambria, Bedford and Blair.
The herd there is admittedly down compared to six years ago but has been relatively stable for the last four, said biologist Chris Rosenberry. The recommended allocation would maintain it at existing levels, he said.
Board president Bob Schlemmer of Export — who was not at the meeting, but relayed his suggestions to the board — recommended the commission issue just 36,000.
Not everyone agreed that was a good idea.
“I have some concerns about that,” commissioner Dave Schreffler of Bedford County said.
The board split the difference and allocated 43,000 doe licenses for 2C.
The board likewise compromised on unit 2D, which takes in all of Armstrong County and parts of Butler, Westmoreland, Indiana, Jefferson, Venango and Clarion. Rosenberry had suggested issuing 65,000 doe licenses; Schlemmer proposed 57,000. The board settled on 61,000.
The tags issued for other units are: unit 1A, 49,000; 1B, 31,000; 2A, 49,000; 2B, 62,000; 2E, 22,000; 2F, 29,000; 2G, 28,000; 2H, 6,000; 3A, 23,000; 3B, 39,000; 3C, 35,000; 3D, 32,000; 4A, 28,000; 4B, 24,000; 4C, 27,000; 4D, 35,000; 4E, 26,000; 5A, 19,000; 5B; 50,000; 5C, 103,000; and 5D, 18,000.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.
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