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Big Game Harvest Data

 The following table displays Pennsylvania harvests of white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and elk dating back to 1915.
 

*Deer harvests in these years are calculated harvest, rather than reported. The adjustment was made to reflect declines in successful hunter reporting rates.
**Annual bag limit set at one turkey of either sex per year.
***Spring season opened and annual bag limit expanded to one of either sex in the fall and one bearded turkey in the spring season.
****Spring season bag limit expanded to two with the purchase of a special turkey license.

Year

Antlered Deer Harvest

Antlerless Deer Harvest Total Deer Harvest Bear Harvest Spring Turkey
Harvest
Fall Turkey
Harvest
Antlered Elk Harvest​ Antlerless Elk Harvest ​Total Elk Harvest
*2019163,240226,191389,4314,65337,2869,0063495​129​
*2018147,750226,940374,6903,15340,3039,1292774​101​
*2017163,750203,409367,1593,43138,101 9,1682779​106​
*2016149,460183,794333,2543,52935,96610,708​2779106​
*2015137,580178,233315,8133,74141,18014,8612265​87​
*2014119,260184,713303,9733,37141,25818,013​2763​90​
*2013134,280218,640352,9203,51036,50716,2732647​73​
*2012133,860209,250343,1103,63236,92014,074 2033​53​
*2011127,540208,660336,2004,35035,85214,3001934​53​
*2010 122,930 193,310 316,240 3,090 33,849 15,884 ​18 23​ 41​
*2009108,330200,590308,9203,51244,63920,9342124​45​
*2008122,410 213,440 335,850 3,458 42,437 24,288 1725​42​
*2007 109,200 213,870 323,070 2,362 37,992 25,369 1421​35​
*2006 135,290 226,270 361,560 3,124 **** 39,339**** 24,4821421​35​
*2005 120,500 233,890 354,390 4,164 32,593 25,173 ​1025​35​
*2004 124,410 284,910 409,320 2,976 NO DATA NO DATA ​1222​34​
*2003 142,270 322,620 464,890 3,000 42,876 31,100 1949​68
*2002 165,416 352,113 517,529 2,686 41,147 37,346 ​3229​61​
*2001 203,247 282,767 486,014 3,063 49,186 48,008 † ​14​13​27
*2000 203,221 301,379 504,600 3,075 43,815 44,865
*1999 194,368 184,224 378,592 1,740 37,808 40,721
*1998 181,449 196,040 377,489 2,598 32,661 33,628
*1997 176,677 220,339 397,016 2,110 30,956 37,398
*1996 153,432 197,565 350,997 1,796 33,726 35,787
*1995 182,235 248,348 430,583 2,190 36,401 49,748
*1994 157,030 238,051 395,081 1,365 28,558 39,094
*1993 165,214 243,343 408,557 1,790 24,068 30,477
*1992 163,159 198,065 361,224 1,589 18,180 21,468
*1991 149,598 238,417 388,015 1,687 16,606 31,979
*1990 170,101 245,460 415,561 1,200 17,472 25,527
*1989 169,795 218,806 388,601 2,213 17,154 21,669
*1988 163,106 218,293 381,399 1,614 14,659 22,515
*1987 157,547 177,242 334,789 1,556 14,674 28,346
*1986 150,359 149,655 300,014 1,362 16,155 26,763
1985 76,097 85,331 161,428 1,029 14,197 18,217
1984 76,500 63,680 140,180 1,547 9,723 15,844
1983 70,233 66,060 136,293 1,529 10,852 20,494
1982 72,113 66,109 138,222 588 12,804 29,848
1981 73,322 75,208 148,530 819 11,115 26,794
1980 73,196 62,281 135,477 921 19,266 30,173
1979 58,864 55,930 114,794 736 9,066 18,772
1978 61,698 59,543 121,241 CLOSED 7,735 24,300
1977 74,879 71,199 146,078 CLOSED 8,765 29,464
1976 64,084 57,949 122,033 605 10,536 26,483
1975 71,986 66,209 138,195 388 7,683 23,050
1974 70,689 54,963 125,652 223 Not surveyed Not surveyed
1973 70,316 56,575 126,891 299    
1972 62,633 44,582 107,215 370 400 35,984
1971 55,602 48,625 104,227 488 7,033 25,798
1970 53,350 46,336 99,686 CLOSED 1,563 22,000
1969 59,923 56,761 116,684 295 2,128 21,000
1968 62,038 79,836 141,874 218 *** 1,636 *** 18,000
1967 78,268 66,147 144,415 568 23,000
1966 58,722 60,031 118,753 605 20,000
1965 65,150 34,638 99,788 347 15,000
1964 49,231 41,903 91,134 526 13,679
1963 48,204 36,212 84,416 280 13,608
1962 42,266 30,647 72,913 554 15,775
1961 38,705 17,327 56,032 237 17,312
1960 38,776 29,887 68,663 392 14,920
1959 38,270 51,902 90,172 296 15,228
1958 46,738 65,187 111,925 439 13,008
1957 49,254 55,862 105,116 294 16,156
1956 41,921 CLOSED 41,921 335 14,481
1955 45,044 41,111 86,155 335 17,994
1954 40,915 CLOSED 40,915 403 16,,202
1953 37,384 16,252 53,636 303 14,604
1952 27,164 37,829 64,993 261 9,227
1951 34,582 37,952 72,534 429 8,962
1950 23,302 31,515 54,817 354 5,278
1949 46,602 84,121 130,723 411 6,885
1948 33,608 CLOSED 33,608 388 4,318
1947 31,475 63,568 95,043 569 3,751
1946 31,110 4,209 35,319 325 2,518
1945 24,575 1,085 25,660 366 1,716
1944 28,411 CLOSED 28,411 295 2,849
1943 23,931 14,951 38,882 307 2,297
1942 30,860 CLOSED 30,860 149 3,938
1941 19,271 CLOSED 19,271 593 3,911
1940 40,995 145,580 186,575 524 5,218
1939 49,106 14,581 63,687 535 5,191
1938 CLOSED 171,662 171,662 384 6,766
1937 39,347 CLOSED 39,347 537 6,619
1936 18,804 CLOSED 18,084 356 3,208
1935 23,802 46,668 70,470 402 4,498
1934 21,137 CLOSED 21,137 CLOSED 4,167
1933 20,480 CLOSED 20,480 586 3,510
1932 19,724 CLOSED 19,724 216 2,992
1931 24,796 70,255 95,051 501 4,038
1930 20,115 5,979 26,294 707 2,374
1929 22,822 CLOSED 22,822 447 3,834
1928 CLOSED 25,097 25,097 427 2,362
1927 14,374 CLOSED 14,374 321 4,070
1926 11,646 1,295 12,941 660 CLOSED
1925 7,287 1,029 8,316 470 3,241
1924 7,778 126 7,904 929 2,331
1923 6,452 8 6,460 500 6,049
1922 6,115 CLOSED 6,115 563 5,431
1921 4,840 CLOSED 4,840 510 4,654
1920 3,300 CLOSED 3,300 420 3,000
1919 2,939 CLOSED 2,939 472 5,181
1918 1,754 CLOSED 1,754 387 2,751
1917 1,725 CLOSED 1,725 368 ** 2,950
1916 1,722 CLOSED 1,722 435 4,991
1915 1,287 CLOSED 1,287 188 3,651
Year Antlered Harvest Antlerless Harvest

Total Deer

Bear Harvest

Spring Turkey
Harvest

Fall Turley
Harvest

Antlered Elk Harvest Antlerless Elk HarvestTotal Elk Harvest