The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that in the state's 2012-13 seasons, hunters took an estimated 343,110 deer, which is an increase of about two percent from the previous seasons' harvest of 336,200.
Hunters took 133,860 antlered deer in the 2012-13 seasons, an increase of about five percent from the previous license year's 127,540.
Also, hunters took 209,250 antlerless deer in 2012-13, which is a slight increase over the 208,660 antlerless deer taken in 2011-12.
"This year's antlered deer harvest is slightly above the average harvest since 2005, when agency efforts began to stabilize deer populations in most of the state," PGC executive director Carl Roe said. "The age structure of the antlered deer harvest was 49 percent 1.5 year-old-bucks and 51 percent 2.5-year-old and older bucks.
"The antlerless hunter success rate remained at about 25 percent for licenses issued. This is on average with harvest success for recent years.
"The age structure of this year's antlerless deer harvest was 61 percent adult females, 22 percent button bucks, and 18 percent doe fawns. The rates are similar to long-term averages."
A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features Family Fun Fishing Event promoter Craig Morgan.
Two fund-raising fishing events are being held at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove, beginning with "Angling for Miracles," which benefits Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and for information call 570-271-6188 or access the SALCP website at http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/.
Family Fun Fishing Event, to benefit outdoors educational events of the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, is Sunday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m., and for information, registration and becoming a sponsor contact Craig Morgan at (570) 617-8223, (570) 739-2627 or email email@example.com.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet, Thursday, April 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at 633 Hancock St., McAdoo. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.
"Ladies Day Out," is being held, Saturday, April 6, at Cabela's, Hamburg. This bi-annual event features hands-on seminars focused on the shooting sports, archery and fly fishing taught by local experts free of charge.
No preregistration is required for the following seminars: Introduction to Firearms, 9 a.m.; Handgun Safety, 10 a.m.; Introduction to Personal Protection, 11 a.m.; and Introduction to Archery, 12 p.m. Preregistration is required for Introduction to Fly Fishing, 1-4 p.m., by calling the Fly Shop at 610-929-7000.