White-tailed Deer in Pennsylvania's Forests


DCNR's Role in Deer Management

Learn more about balancing deer populations and conserving forest ecosystems.


Hunting Interactive Map

Find the hotspots for whatever game you pursue on PA State Forest lands.



Deer Management Plan

Check out our guiding plan for deer management on state forests.


State Forester's Testimony to the Pennsylvania Game Commission

See what the state forester had to say at the latest meeting of the Board of Game Commissionors.



Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

Find information on everything from tag availability, to places to hunt, to harvest reports.


Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions about deer management and forest conservation.


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Hunting on State Forest Lands

Discover what hunting opportunities await on more than 2 million acres of state forest.


Reports and Studies

Check out some of the key research and reports on deer and their relationship to our forest ecosystems.



Forest Habitat Conditions

Learn more about the status of forest habitat and what it will take to fully recover.


History of Deer in our Forests

Learn about the early days of deer management and how we have arrived at current deer management strategies.



State Forest Roads Open During Deer Season

Discover which additional forest roads will open this hunting season.


Healthy Forests-Healthy Deer Brochure

This brochure examines the balance between deer and habitat and features a field guide to help idenify healthy forests.



Deer Hunter Registration

Hunter cooperation needed as part of a collaborative study with PA Game Commission, DCNR, Penn State and U.S. Geological Survey PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Study. If you plan to hunt antlered OR anterless deer in DMAP units 2108,1881, 1883, 2109, 2110, 2101 or 2102 you must register prior to hunting.