Suppose we went to it what would you think the bag limit would be?
I have no idea. But I think it would be smart to lower it more than you think is needed for the first year, for safety sake, and then once participation and hunter harvest were assessed for a few years, slowly liberalize the limits up to the maximum number of deer allowable without doing harm.
But even with the very long seasons we have now, I think most hunters would find it shocking just how few deer are currently being taken under our liberal limits and long seasons.
A few "amazing" facts:
Only 1/3 of deer hunters in TN kill even one buck in a given year.
Only around 45% of hunters kill even one deer in a given year.
Only a tiny percentage of deer hunters (a few percent) kill 3 bucks in a given year.
Even in Unit L, where the doe limit is three per day for over 3 months, doe harvests often don't equal buck harvest. It is very common in Unit L counties for buck kills to still outnumber doe kills, even with an annual bag limit disparity of 300+ does to 3 bucks.