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What does everybody think about Antler Restrictions? I personnally do not like the idea for many reasons. I just do not think i

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  • #16
    Where are you hunting ? You said "#3 in nation without A/R."

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    • #17
      To fishhead : Ya shoot the lil' ones you'll never see a "big" one. Due to no growth time, or the big boys won't come into the area with that much pressure.

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      • #18
        i dont like it what if you think a spike is a doe or miss count points

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        • #19
          Huntcamp, I have shot around 30 deer in GA, mostly in Moscogee County. You are #3 in the nation??? in what? Number of deer killed. Certainly not in number of B&C or Pope & Young bucks.
          Without A/R you have lots of doe and a few mostly young bucks. This is not speculation it is fact. People I know that hunt in Counties with A/R love it. There are still plenty of deer just a much better ratio and more mature bucks. As far as people that only hunt one day. Making little bucks legal still will not insure they get a shot.

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          • #20
            Do you know anyone that goes to the trouble and expense of deer hunting just to hunt only one day?

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            • #21
              Wisconsin, look it up we are number 3. Yes I do know people that only hunt a day or 2. They are only able to go that much and would not miss it for the world. Half my camp only gun hunts. They cannot bow hunt for various reasons. I have also shot about 30 deer so what is your point? http://www.boone-crockett.org/bgRecords/records_whitetail.asp?area=bgRecords

              I would check your facts again. Thanks for proving my point Del in KS. Making small bucks legal will not insure they get shot. Please do not get me wrong, I am all for the QDM if it is possible in your area, just think it is not something the DNR should impose. Letting bucks live does not necessarily make the heard healthier, it does help the population grow or stay the same. At least here and in most states with a ton of deer overpopulation is the most dangerous problem facing the herd. Killing does is the best way to make the population decline, but it all helps.

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              • #22
                Huntcamp,
                You are only allowed to take two bucks total all deer season in Ga. You can take two antlered and 10 antlerless. If you take a deer on a WMA than it does not count against you license but that is the only exception. Del in Ks is absolutely right ( as usual) antler restrictions only help in every way, they do not hinder at all. Do you think the GA DNR would have these regulations for so long if they didn't work?

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                • #23
                  In my opinion numbers here kind of suggest otherwise. Maybe we just grow bigger deer on average. No no DNR has ever mad a bad rule! pettym uch same rule here 1 deer for each license, bow/gun. except CWD zones totally different rules for those. CWD zones up until last year, if you shot a doe you were given a buck tag, a day later if you shot another doe, you received another buck tag. I just do not like to leave out hunters, not all hunters have the time to scout even hunt more tahn a day or so and just want meat and that means shoot what you see. do not have time to sit and pick and choose. As the NUMBERS show we have been producing a lot of B&C deer for a long time, long before QDM was thought of. I am sure you heard of the Field and Stream buck. It wasn't even the biggest deer in the state. 3 bigger deer were at the WI Deer& Turkey Expo as well as the F&S Buck. I recommend that show for any hunter it is quite an event, Usually around 400 trophy mounts, gun and bow. Most from the previous deer season. I know Kansas is relatively new to the Whitetail game and is well known for thier excellent whitetails, I see some monsters. i know hunting is different down there and different rules need apply. i just know here especially the gun season,is more family oriented for a lot of people. I have hunted with pretty much the same 10 guys for 20 years. During gun season. Bow hunting is a much more challenging hunt, but there is something about opening gun season that is special for everyone. Not just the trophy hunters. I am one. I pass small bucks regularly, haven't shot one under 15 inch spread for 10 years atleast. I am not going to impose the way I hunt on anyone just so I may an extra chance to see a monster. Our DNR let our herd get so huge that they had to implement all kinds of rules at once. Throughout the 1990's we had to apply for doe tags and usually only received them every other year. Then all of a sudden we had 8 tags in our pockets. They asked hunters to obliterate the herd in the south. Which the hunters had a problem with. The DNR literally wanted every deer killed, by whatever means necessary. They hired sharpshooters and everything. They had them shoot at night over lighted bait stations. I believe if they would havegotten off their backsides we wouldn't have been in that situation. They are learning we are learning. We should never be gauranteed a shot at a deer. It is not supposed to be called shooting,it should be called hunting. Some of my favorite days in the woods aren't always the days I harvest a deer or even a monster. In my opinion with all this trophy hunting we are losing that aspect. It is not always about killing an animal, that is what we are out there for, but there is so much more. and yes AR hinder, they hinder the weekend warriors, say what you want about them they have just as much right to do what they as we do. The lucky ones and we are the minority not the majority. have time to be in the woods and scout set stands and so on. Up north people mostly hunt for meat, for the last few years they have been losing jobs and need all the meat they can find. Some even pick up road kill. Just because it is a small buck doesn't mean that hey are not good eating. They also accomplish soething instead of picking up donated deer. Which is fine, much rather shoot it myself though. I just think that rule would discourage more than it would help. You guys test it for awhile longer, so we do not have to.

                  Shoot Straight and knock em down. Good Luck Guys!!

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                  • #24
                    Antler restriction in my opinion would be a plus for everyone! If you need the meat harvest a antler and if you want a trophy then the antler restriction is going to help you harvest a better trophy simply stated

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                    • #25
                      I am all for A/R but I don't think that it is fair for someone else to tell you what you can do on your land. If you bought property to hunt on and then 2-3 years later they made a new law telling you what you can and can't shoot, wouldn't you be upset? I can see both sides having certain arguemts though.

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                      • #26
                        On wildlife management areas it is a good idea to restrict antler size. However, I do not own lots of property; I lease a small track of land and there are not a ton of deer on it. I buy my license, follow the rules, and when I have the opportunity to take a 6 pointer, I will - either by gun or bow. I love hunting, but if I had to wait for a 12 pointer to walk by, I would give it up. The sport is trying to attract new hunters, and it could discourage them if they have to wait for that 12 pointer as well.

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                        • #27
                          I don't like antler restrictions. In counties where we have antler restrictions in our state, a buck must have four points on one side that is one inch or longer for it to be legally harvested. Even with binoculars, sometimes this is a very difficult to impossible judging process. I have had several instances where I passed on a buck that possibly would have met the qualifications. I could clearly see four points; however, I could not tell if each point was at least one inch long. In other instances, by the time I decided that the buck would qualify, it ran off and did not give me a shot. I know of several hunters in our state that shoots a buck first and then sees if it qualifies. If it qualifies, they field dress it and check it in or if it does not qualify, they leave it laying in the field as coyote bait. I personally think that there are more cons than pros with antler restrictions. Antler restrictions means big, big money for conservation departments in selling out-of-state tags. Don't kid yourself on this one. What I am saying is true! Always follow the money trail. Many decisions are made with money in mind.

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                          • #28
                            Just found this post and after reading about how the DNR shouldn't be "micromanaging", I felt compelled to add my two cents.
                            Lets' start with "ownership"; the citizens of a state own the natural resources, including wildlife. The DNR, as the overseer of those resources has an obligation to manage the deer herd for optimum use by the public. Personally, I think the antler restrictions should be more restrictive for non-resident hunters. Let them stay home and shoot their deer.

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                            • #29
                              It's a good idea to restrict the antler size!

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                              • #30
                                It's a good idea to restrict the antler size!

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