Monday, January 23, 2012

Pa Crossbow Hunting

I think this is great information for all the folks against hunting with a crossbow.  It seems legalizing crossbow hunting in Pa has not killed off all the deer...

Outdoors Notebook: Crossbows placed in crosshairs, again
Sunday, January 22, 2012
At its winter meeting next week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will cross-reference archery license sales, crossbow-user harvest reports, deer population estimates and other data to get a snapshot of the crossbow's impact on deer. At issue is the sunset date applied to the controversial 2009 decision making crossbows legal statewide during all rifle and archery deer seasons, rifle and archery bear seasons and turkey seasons. As part of the vote, the board stipulated that the sporting arm's impact on wildlife populations was to be evaluated before June 30, 2012.

A preliminary look at resident archery license sales shows a 2.86 percent increase following the crossbow vote, from 277,393 (June 12, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010) to 285,244 (June 13, 2011-Dec. 31, 2011).

The total estimated deer harvest increased slightly, from 308,920 in 2009-2010 to 316,240 in 2010-2011.
Can't make it to Harrisburg? The meeting will be webcast Jan. 30-31 at

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