Deer hunting success during Pennsylvania’s general firearms season is likely to be influenced by food sources in a given locale, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.
David Gustafson, the Game Commission’s chief forester, said in a news release that the state’s acorn crop has been “spotty” this year. ”A late spring frost affected white oaks and chestnut oaks. And a cold and wet spring in 2012 affected red oaks, which take two years to produce. Those conditions have combined to limit acorn availability in many areas,” according to the news release.
On the other hand, he said, soft-mast and fruit crops have been good statewide. And the Game Commission says deer populations are being tracked as stable or increasing in most of the state.
Some 750,000 hunters are expected to hunt on opening day, Dec. 2, and during the remainder of the season that ends Dec. 14. The general firearms season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving, and is starting about a week later than usual this year because the holiday falls so late in the month.
The Game Commission said hunting license sales are slightly ahead of their 2012 pace.
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