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Monday, November 19, 2012

2 Restaurants Will Be Deer Check Stations

Deer hunters who harvest a deer on or near the Kinzua Quality Area (also referred to as the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative) are encouraged to bring their deer to the deer check stations open from 10:00am to 6:00pm on November 26, November 27, December 1, and December 8.

The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) deer check stations will be at two locations:

· Harrison’s Fire Grille – 3739 Route 59 (the junction of State Routes 59 and 321)

· The Willows Restaurant – 2669 West Washington Street (the junction of State Route 346 and Forest Road 173)

All deer are weighed and checked for sex, age and health, and additional data are collected on antlered deer for points, spread and beam diameter. The data collected provides critical information used in managing the health of the herd.

The Kinzua Quality Area is 74,000 acres of public hunting in northwest Pennsylvania where science-guided adaptive management is producing quality deer and quality habitat. In ten years of hunting seasons, deer body weights and antler characteristics have increased greatly (see figures 1- 5 below). Habitat for deer and other wildlife is returning to once great levels and foresters are able to harvest trees without fencing areas to promote reforestation.

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