Deer Numbers Up On The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative

Research by the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) shows that deer numbers are up on the 73,000 acres of public and private lands located between Bradford and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Hunters looking for a place to hunt would do well to check out the many accessible locations for buck and doe hunting.  Hunters can find uncrowded forested hills and valleys where some large antlered bucks roam that rarely see a human being or a hunter.

Maps of the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) can be viewed online on the website, and brochures and more information can be found on the KQDC Facebook Page.  The KQDC is located just north of the village of Westline and extends north through Marshburg on SR 59 and up to near Bradford and the New York State Line.

The KQDC will again operate its FREE deer check station along SR 59 in Marshburg at the TimberDoodle Flats Trailhead during four days of the rifle deer season after Thanksgiving.  The deer check station will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 28 through 30, and also on Saturday December 5, 2020. 

Hunters who harvest a deer on the KQDC are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station on those days and hours to assist with the ongoing research and documentation of deer herd conditions in our area of Pennsylvania.  This year all hunters who bring their deer to the check station will receive a raffle ticket.  Those who bring in an antlerless deer will receive a ticket for $500.00 cash and those who have an antlered deer checked will receive a chance to win $250.00 cash. The raffle will be drawn the day after the end of rifle deer season (season ends December 12, 2020).

For those interested in obtaining a DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program) permit for antlerless deer, there are still a few permits left for DMAP Unit 1996 near the city of Bradford.

The Kinzua Quality deer Cooperative was formed to ensure quality deer and quality forests could survive together in Pennsylvania.  After 20 years the facts are showing that such cooperation is possible.  KQDC Hunters can find quality hunting for bucks and does in one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful forested landscapes.

The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.  The land is west of Bradford and north of Kane in McKean County.  The cooperators are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Water Authority, Conservation Forestry, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products.