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#3120575 - 01/12/13 02:43 PM Re: Deer Seasons [Re: whistlinwingman]
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 Originally Posted By: whistlinwingman
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Zac
What I'm saying is that if they shorten the gun season it would put less pressure on the deer because more people go out and hunt during gun season than bow.


Get rid of bow season. That would help more. Just make it deer season, and let the hunters decide what weapon they want to carry.


Judging by the inputs from several, I'm not sure letting hunters decide anything would be beneficial.

I say we keep it in the hands of our paid professionals. It seems to be working out for the better for the majority of hunters.




Amen that sounds like the best plan so far.
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#3120586 - 01/12/13 03:03 PM Re: Deer Seasons [Re: Bow Hunter]
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If you think a long gun season would lead to more deer, then if thats the case, South Carolina should have no deer at all.
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#3120643 - 01/12/13 04:04 PM Re: Deer Seasons [Re: rukiddin?]
Mike Belt
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I'm satisfied with the seasons just as they are. There may be more deer walk with shorter seasons but for the most part once the peak of the rut is past buck kills drop pretty dramatically. There aren't 1/4 the hunters in the woods after that as before and those hunters aren't taking that many bucks.

As mentioned, there are hunters that would like to go hunting in December but work and the holidays prohibit many of those possibilities. With the longer season extending through the first weekend of January those guys get that opportunity.

As far as large parcels of land are involved I hunt on 18,600 acres of private land. Much of it is unhuntable because of the terrain features involved. However buck sightings are low into December and those deer seem to be just as pressured as if we were hunting 30-500 acres.
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#3120825 - 01/12/13 05:46 PM Re: Deer Seasons [Re: knightrider]
mathews338
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 Originally Posted By: knightrider
 Originally Posted By: mathews338
And bucks need to have 4 on 1 side or 15 inch spread.
yeah right since killing all the good young deer works out so well, so you want to see old mature 6 points that you cant shoot, its fine the way it is
i was just messing around when I said that, but that is the regs I put on myself anyways so if that ever did happen it wouldn't effect me.

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#3120835 - 01/12/13 05:55 PM Re: Deer Seasons [Re: ImThere]
EastTNHunter
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
 Originally Posted By: EastTNHunter
Leave it alone. Long seasons don't mean that deer are "hammered" all season log, but it does man that people with busy family and works schedules can hunt more than just a couple of weekends. If you want season shortned, do it on the front end and shorten bow season when many deer are educated by the "trickle" before the majority of hunters get a chance at them. Also, if people feel rushed by a shortened season, then they are less apt to be selective in what they shoot, which seems to be geting MUCH better the past few years.
Mostly agree with what you say here except,everyone has a "chance" to bow hunt,some choose not to.

With this logic small game hunting shouldn't be allowed where we deer hunt then? I would think deer get educated every time any hunter is in the woods regardless of his quarry?


I was just using a bit of sarcastic hyperbole, as I bow hunt. I just get tired of hearing the "bow only" or "trophy only" or "less gun hunting" whining all of the time. I do not disagree with either of your logic, eithe. Although I did see a marked improvement in my deer sightings during rifle and ml this season when we cut back on early bowhunting on the small properties that we hunt.


Edited by EastTNHunter (01/12/13 05:57 PM)

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