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Hunters reminded to report deer harvests

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- With the two-week statewide general deer season closed, Pennsylvania hunters are being encouraged to report harvested deer through the online reporting system, through the new toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone reporting system or by using the postage-paid report cards included in the 2011-12 Digest provided free to each license buyer.

Based on more than 20,000 deer checked by Game Commission deer aging teams last year, less than 40 percent of hunters who harvested deer took the time to report that harvest.

One of the recommendations to improve the agency's deer management program from the 2010 Legislative Budget and Finance Committee's audit of the deer management program was to increase harvest reporting rates.

Timely reporting of deer harvests is one way in which hunters can contribute to deer management efforts, according to Carl Roe, executive director.

When reporting antlerless deer harvests, Roe urged hunters with multiple antlerless deer licenses to be sure that they file the correct report for the antlerless license used to tag the deer in the field.

To report a deer harvest online, go to the Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the Report Your Harvest link. After filling in the harvest information, hunters are reminded to click on the Continue button to review the report and to use the Submit button to complete the report. Failing to hit the Submit button will result in a harvest report not being completed.

The toll-free Interactive Voice Response telephone harvest reporting system can be accessed by calling (855) 724-8681. Hunters should have their hunting license number and field harvest tag information with them when they call. Hunter will receive a confirmation number, which they should write down and keep as proof of reporting.

Hunters still have the option to file harvest report postcards, which are included as tear-out sheets in the current digest.

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