Antler point restrictions are GREAT...if they're self imposed. No way should the state be dictating this IMO. I understand the idea that it helps let younger bucks walk but the fact is some young bucks with great potential will be shot and the lesser young bucks are the one's left to survive. The only thing point restrictions do is count points, it's up to the hunter to make the decision if the buck is old enough or worthy of a tag. Heck, what do you do when you have a 5 year old 4 or 5 pointer running around doing all your breeding....you take the management out of the hands of the people that can make that decision.
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Here's another point of view. Antler restrictions has less to do with antlers and more to do with changing the herd dynamics. With less bucks to kill, hunters shift to killing does instead.
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I'm very lucky to hunt an area that had no restrictions and then implemented them. I got to see first hand and document the results.
When there where no AR's the buck harvest was sad to say the list...30+ yearling bucks would fall each year and the doe harvest was very low also....rarely would you see a decent buck. This is what 300 gun hunters killed on a 2 day hunt during the rut.
This is year 1 harvest pic's after implementing a 15" out side spread AR.
This is year 3 harvest pic's after implementing a 15" out side spread AR. Not only has the quality of the buck harvest went way up, the doe harvest tripled also. This is what 300 gun hunters killed on a 2 day hunt during the rut.
Tell me one more time how bad AR's are....and how they don't work.
Last edited by gri22ly; 10-08-2013 at 04:02 PM.
It only works if you don't.
I have a very good friend who's family owns a small piece of property north of me. Historically, if anyone at camp killed a buck at all, it was a big deal. Over the past couple of years, they've been getting better and better deer every season and now they're taking nice 8's every year. The surrounding properties also.
AR's are a very good thing if done reasonably. 8 points is ridiculous however. 3 points to side seems to work well in PA.
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Nj has antler restrictions in counties theres no public ground to hunt?
Where I hunt a trophy buck is typically a 3 1/2 year old and 95% of the hunters will not pass them up. I let a lot of deer go hoping they get to 4 1/2 and it just doesn't happen. When it does its big news as you get those bucks that start reaching more potential and get 160+. I just want the hunting in WI (where I hunt) to evolve to being that we still let 3 1/2 express more potential and then harvest 4 1/2 year olds knowing they will be studs and that a few will have the potential to be world class 5 1/2 year olds. For the meat hunters of WI it continues to be endless doe tags.
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