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#374635 - 08/31/07 10:40 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: Wes Parrish]
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but while many hunters might think they would regret passing up shots at "nice" 2 1/2-yr-old bucks, once you do it --- well, at least I have had no regrets.

Very good point Wes. Honestly, I've never regretted passing up a buck of any age. If had wanted to shoot him, I would have. If I didn't shoot him at first sight, there was a reason.

Now there certainly have been bucks I regretted shooting, but never a regret for one I didn't shoot.
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#374677 - 08/31/07 11:02 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
but while many hunters might think they would regret passing up shots at "nice" 2 1/2-yr-old bucks, once you do it --- well, at least I have had no regrets.

Very good point Wes. Honestly, I've never regretted passing up a buck of any age. If had wanted to shoot him, I would have. If I didn't shoot him at first sight, there was a reason.

Now there certainly have been bucks I regretted shooting, but never a regret for one I didn't shoot.

Really well said, fellas. I'm not sure I knew I felt that way, but you described it perfectly.
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#375254 - 08/31/07 03:06 PM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I thought for a moment that this was gonna' be another anti-black rifle thread.
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#375299 - 08/31/07 03:43 PM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: Polecat]
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did the twra try antler restictions at natches trace. i have hunted over their in the past couple of years. it is a really nice peice of land, always see lots of deer and some really nice bucks. have a 110 inch buck hanging an my wall from their. i do not know why the twra stopped the program.surly it had to have some upside to it.
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#375338 - 08/31/07 04:15 PM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: brier rabbit]
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Someone can answer you better than me brier rabbit, but I remember reading an article about the AR program at Natchez trace several years ago. I believe they start there before CAtoosa did. For some reason, they just never saw the age structure or quality of bucks increase. According to the article, they were just bum-fuzzled (my terminology). They had no explanation. They did not know if it was poaching or what exactly the problem was. Since there were no real measurable improvements, they dropped it. Catoosa, meanwhile, has had very good, verifiable improvements with their AR program.
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#375376 - 08/31/07 04:38 PM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: pastorbmp]
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seems like the north half had restrictions and the south half did not.
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#375957 - 09/01/07 06:23 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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The didn't see the result they hoped to on Natchez with a 6-point rule. But the surrounding landowners sure did!

But one of the problems with trying to limit the age of bucks harvested on some WMAs is the hunting/scouting time allowed. If I was drawn for a particular 3-day hunt and only got to scout for a day, I really don't think I could consistently kill an older buck. They are hard animals to kill without a lot of knowledge and experience of the area.

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#376096 - 09/01/07 08:42 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: BSK]
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I don't understand the logic behind the antler restrictions at Laurel Hill WMA ? According the the exact wording in the regulations , A legal buck is one with " 2 points or less or at least 9 points . Antler points must be 1" or longer ".

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#376115 - 09/01/07 08:53 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I don't understand the logic behind the antler restrictions at Laurel Hill WMA ? According the the exact wording in the regulations , A legal buck is one with " 2 points or less or at least 9 points . Antler points must be 1" or longer ".


same here.. stupid regs to say the least


Maybe BigGameGuy can explain that one .
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#376116 - 09/01/07 08:54 AM Re: Another example of why I don't like ARs [Re: ]
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Although I'm not sure how many 9pts+ they kill at Laurel Hill, I know there have been some huge bucks killed there, even before AR's were put in place. I know of one 159" deer taken there. That is big!

I wish the TWRA would just tell us why they put a 9pt or better rule. I'm just interested to know, not mad or anything.
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