I did not hear about the voluntary deer check stations over in Northeast PA. I disagree with you when you say check stations do not gather population data. In NH they gather great deer data, far exceeding the PGC's self-serving deer "Estimated Kills" year-by-year. We must have MANDATORY Deer Check stations for two or three years in PA to CONFIRM, OR Refute, the PGC Lauditory deer-kill ESTIMATES.
There is a coorelation between deer kills and deer populations, after a 2 or 3 year Baseline is established. We are working on deer check stations to confirm PGC "Scientific (?)" Deer Kill Estimates. Since the Game Commission refuses to listen to PA hunters, we have found receptive State Representatives and Senators, many of whom are deer hunters, and have seen PGC deer management failures first hand. QDMA is not thought of highly hereabouts. Old farmers want to see deer, again. I am confident we will once we get the PGC reined in and back to serving the folks who pay their bills and bought ALL the Game Lands.