|Mature Whitetail Buck|
|Deer Killed by "Jacklighters"|
|PGC Officer With Rifle Seized From Jacklighters|
|Violator Prepares To Shoot Deer From Vehicle With Modern Rifle In Blackpowder Season|
2000 saw the introduction of a three day flintlock season for antlerless deer , which was increased to a full week the following year. In addition a three day rifle antlerless season was established for junior and senior hunters. disabled persons, and active duty military.
Things really changed with the implementation of concurrent buck and doe season in 2001 and antler restrictions in 2002. The early flintlock season was expanded to include the use of in-line muzzle loaders that year as well. Since then deer numbers have plummeted in many parts of the state as has the number of hunters, but even with that the yearly deer kill is quite large.
While the "deer wars" had been going on to a certain extent for years, this marked the period that they accelerated to the heights of the recent past. The controversy continues to this day with some claiming the herd is still out of control and damaging the environment, while others firmly believe that deer numbers are too low and the lack of deer is leading to the death of the sport of hunting.
Whatever the truth of the matter, it seems The Pennsylvania Game Commission has lost the hearts and minds of a significant portion of the hunting public.