"I would say there's certainly some very impressive animals coming out of those areas," said Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Section supervisor.
"It depends on what kind of effort hunters are willing to make," Rosenberry
"In Unit 2B around Pittsburgh and Unit 5B, which is the immediate vicinity around the city of Philadelphia, the objective is to reduce the deer population, but allocations did not increase in those units because we're not selling the tags that are out there," Rosenberry
Forest health is rated as poor in WMU 5C; however, according to Dr. Rosenberry
, deer have good nutrition.
A great tip for trophy buck hunters is to look at the areas where 4-point antler restrictions are in effect, but not for the reason that some might expect.
"What we were trying to achieve by putting the 4-point regulation out is protecting half of the yearling bucks from harvest in those areas because, before antler restrictions, those areas were showing better antler development among yearling bucks compared to the 3-point areas," Rosenberry
When asked whether one could equate habitat type to hunter success or to big bucks, Rosenberry
said, "It could be related.
I don't know if it's real clear."
No matter how often it is explained, hunters, many of them opponents of Pennsylvania Game Commission deer management methods, do not understand the reasoning behind antler restrictions.
Producing trophy bucks is not a management goal and has nothing to do with the reasoning behind antler restrictions.
will offer tips for locating the better bucks.
"In general, I would say that any place where there is decent nutrition should be a good area," he
It seems odd that our oldest buck would come from an area that is 50 percent public land, Rosenberry