Re: Hunting tags and doe permits
over 24 deer removed in 4 years with one doe shot? mathmatically, i guess so. however, using that theory, one can calculate the year in which we will completely extinguish the entire deer population in PA. in fact, the game commission should have yearly figures that shows this decrease already in effect.
the issue we need to look at, is deer population per sq mile of woods. fact is, every year, trees are cut down and hunting grounds lost due to human expansion. the decrease in populated woods means less room for deer. either we reduce the numbers of deer as well to keep the sq mi/deer ratio the same, or keep the same rules and let the ratio increase. start draining a lake and see what happens to the fish. yes, its an exaggerated analogy, but the thoery is still the same.
the new antler restrictions bring another aspect in to it. while personally i tried to avoid shooting smaller racked bucks and let plenty walk, theres guys who only needed 3 inches and they were happy. the number of bucks taken has been reduced compared to normal years. that adds more deer in the woods. the game commission says it isnt trophy hunting, yet in the next sentence of the article says its going to lead to bigger and better racked bucks. personally, i think they're full of **** because thats what trophy hunting is all about. yes, i do it by choice during bow season, but thats MY choice to trophy hunt. now that less guys are getting their annual deer as a buck, we're going to deny him the chance to get a deer period by not allowing does to be taken? i like big buck. everyone does, but i also like deer meat in my freezer.
if you're worried about having bigger buck running around, the antler restrictions will take care of that. hell, if we REALLY wanted to do it right, we'd put the whole state at 5 points to one side, with no doe hunting at all. give it 3 or 4 years, and anyone shooting a deer period will be getting 9 and 10 points. we'll all have mounters hanging off the wall. just think how great shooting a 10 point would be. nothing, would it? they tried doing it years back with spikes anyhow, and we ended up with spikes laying dead in the woods from people just not tagging them when accidentally shot. i can handle limiting it to y-racked bucks, but thats it.
in the end, has the population declined? yes, i'm not denying that. because of the antlerless tags, or the means by which you get it? early muzzleloader, unrestricted weapon for juniors and seniors, combined sex firearm season, plus the proposition of crossbows during regular archery almost make it impossible NOT to fill that tag. i remember going out when i was younger and not even seeing a doe all day during doe season. just because you had a tag didnt mean you were going to fill it- however it DID give me the chance to get out in the woods and enjoy the beauty the God has given me the ability to see and respect. tags give people the opportunity to get outdoors and promote the sport. i'm all for that. give them 101 different ways to fill that tag though, and its going to get filled.
theres ways to manage deer and still give people the enjoyment of hunting. putting your tag on a deer will once again be something special, and not just finally connecting on the 31st chance you had this year.
If it were easy, I wouldn't be doing it.