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    if you hunted an area thourouhly all season long and finally you have an oppourtunity to take a young buck or a doe.would you shoot it ?obviously this herd is in trouble,and no seriour trophy hunter would even consider this option.As a veteran trophy hunter w/50 years experience I'VE WITNESSED what the average meat hunter takes from the field. generally spike bucks top the list.years ago when the white tail were first being reintroduced you hunted for deer. nowdays there are an abundance of them.Im happy for any young hunter or novice that happens to take any deer regardless of sex or age .AS deer hunters though we need to be selective hunters though, unfortunately thats not the case.Sometimes in over populated areas greater numbers of doe deer taken is desireable.HARVESTING YOUNG BUCKS BY MATURE HUNTERS,to me is a sign of greed ,incompetence and ignorance. Why not put a premium on buck tags to help protect them so we all have a chance to fulfill our dreams and not just the back of our pickup trucks ?

  • #2
    I do not know if a different tag is necessary. Information and education for young and old hunters like you are doing here should be enough.


    • #3
      Are there no antler point restrictions where you live 6phunter? Here in Missouri, a buck must have at least 4 points on one side or else it is illegal. The only time a buck with less than 4 points may be shot is during youth season(no restrictions).


      • #4
        I could care less about a trophy buck at this juncture in my life. That's not to say I wouldn't be excited to get a wall hanger, but I'm only allowed one per season up here and where I hunt they are scarce. I'll take a sure thing for the freezer over passing on one and not seeing another buck all season. Now we get into some big brook trout and that's a whole different story.
        On a side note my father holds out for a bigger deer every year these days, he's been on a dry spell for a number of years, but as long as a couple of us can put one up on the gambrels he doesn't have to worry about passing on a young buck.


        • #5
          I think in the scenario you've presented, with a deer herd in trouble due to a lack of selective hunting, putting higher restrictions on the harvest of bucks could actually hurt the overall herd, since it could lead to a much higher doe harvest, which isn't desirable except in overpopulated areas. I also disagree with your statement that the most common deer take by meat hunters are spike bucks. Maybe my area (Iowa) is different from yours, but I have not seen that here.




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