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Study Continues to Shed Light on Deer Herd

STATE COLLEGE - In the third and final year of a study measuring the effectiveness of Pennsylvania's relatively new antler restrictions for deer hunters, ...
... the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting that field data collected by researchers indicates that the state's buck population is getting older, and bucks tend to disperse shorter distances in habitat that isn't fragmented.

"The age composition of Pennsylvania's buck population is better now than it has been in decades," said Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director. "We've confirmed this through two years of buck-study data collection and by checking deer annually at meat processors and butcher shops. The change is directly related to two years of antler restrictions and, to a lesser degree, three years of concurrent antlered and antlerless deer hunting. This study is documenting a shift in Pennsylvania's deer herd, one that should improve its breeding ecology and intrinsic value, as well as generate increased interest among hunters."

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