bret d. wallingford
Bret Wallingford is a deer biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer and Elk Management Section in the Bureau of Wildlife Management. His primary responsibilities include population analyses and research of white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania.
Bret attended Penn State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in environmental resource management. He then attended North Carolina State University and conducted research on white-tailed deer on Remington Farms (now Chesapeake Farms) to earn his master's degree in wildlife biology. He began his career with the Game Commission in July 1990, working for five years on pheasant research. From 1995 to the present, Bret has worked on white-tailed deer management and research. In 2012, Bret earned his doctorate in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University for his research to evaluate the effects of antler point restrictions on buck survival and hunter satisfaction. His current duties include organizing the collection of sex-age-kill data for deer harvests, calculating the population estimates, and making recommendations for antlerless allocations and deer hunting seasons. He also coordinates research activities, which includes managing technicians and graduate students.
Bret is a certified wildlife biologist and a member of The Wildlife Society, and the Northeast Deer Technical Committee. He is married, has two children, and lives in Centre County. His time is spent gardening, crafting leather products, scouting for deer, cutting firewood, and spending as much time as possible hunting, fishing, and exploring the fields and forests with his children. Bret has been an avid deer hunter for more than 35 years.
Research interests: investigating causes of deer mortality, estimating harvest rates, and the effects of alternate harvest paradigms.
Teaching interests: educating various stakeholder groups about deer biology, research, and management.