Shooting deer to reduce nuisance problems and maintain population balance in Pennsylvania | White-tailed deer

Shooting deer to reduce nuisance problems and maintain population balance

Shooting deer with archery equipment or firearms during standard established hunting seasons is the most effective way to maintain deer population balance in areas where it is legal and safe to hunt.

Deer hunting and nuisance control are highly regulated. You cannot shoot deer outside of established seasons and without a proper license or permit.

In urban and suburban environments where hunting is not feasible, consider implementing habitat modification, exclusion, and hazing solutions as first lines of control. If these approaches are unsuccessful, contact your state wildlife agency for guidance.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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