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Hunting in Pennsylvania: 4 Things to Know About Urban Deer Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:48 PM

Urban deer hunting is a practice designed to curb the deer populations. Without urban deer hunting around cities and suburbs, the deer population would quickly become unmanageable, unhealthy, and unsafe.

Deer hunting around the urban areas of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia seek to depress the deer population safely, making conditions healthier for both humans and deer.

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Following are four things to know about urban deer hunting in Pennsylvania:

1. Urban Deer Hunting is Necessary
An adult doe births an average of 1.8 fawns per year. Because of this high reproductive rate and the fact that deer can live to be 18 years old, deer populations can double in two to three years, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Thus, urban deer hunting in cities and suburbs is necessary to curb deer populations – one deer removed by a hunter in the hunting season translates to three less deer the following spring, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

2. Urban Deer Hunting Does not Cause Deer-Vehicle Accidents
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, most deer-vehicle accidents occur on Sunday, when no hunting is allowed.

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The breeding season, which occurs during the fall, naturally aligns with the hunting season; during the breeding season, deer naturally increase their level activity. Thus, while deer-vehicle accidents may correlate with the hunting season, it is not a causal relationship.

3. There are Benefits for Landowners

If landowners allow hunter on their land without charging them a fee, they are exempt from liabilities. In addition, landowners can restrict hunters to certain weapons for increased safety or peace of mind. While hunters are able to practice their sport, landowners benefit from a managed deer population.

4. The Length of Hunting Season
The deer and elk section of the Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering, on recommendation from biologists, extending the buck hunting season by three weeks. The areas in which this extension would apply are wildlife management units surrounding the urban areas of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Deer maintenance programs require long-term attention, and this hunting season extension, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, would help curb deer populations.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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