Good article (Allegany buck kill down 60 percent since 2001). I’m glad you are addressing some of the reasons us average Joes believe the buck kill is down. I’m tired of constant excuses like the acorn theories.
One thing. In your article you stated maybe the kill numbers are down because hunters are passing small bucks up. I don’t think that is accurate because if those hunters have been doing so for the past two or three years, eventually the kill numbers would start to climb back up once those deer mature, right?
I think the major issues behind the numbers are as follows.
Predation being number one. We have a larger bear population which has increased as the deer population has decreased.
I don’t believe the bears play as significant of an impact however as the coyotes do. How many hunters do you know who coyote hunt? I don’t know any who actually dedicate time to coyote hunting. They are everywhere. I even had coyote pictures this fall on my trail cam in my backyard.
I believe crossbows are having somewhat of an impact. I am a crossbow hunter and like the fact that they are accurate, ethical and don't require the same skills as a regular bow because I don’t have the time to practice at this stage of my life. However, we may need to adjust the seasons.
Poaching. I believe this goes on a lot. With the telephone check in you are more or less on the honor system. Personally, I thought check in stations were a great way for local businesses to bring in customers. It helped keep hunters honest as well.
In my opinion Maryland needs to make drastic changes to the bag limits. This year’s change in the overall statewide buck limit was a step in the right direction. I don’t believe it is enough though. I propose a two-buck per season limit in our region. Doesn't matter what weapon you use but once you kill two, you’re done. Same with the does. I believe there are a whole lot less of them running around as well.
Get rid of the late bow season. During this time of the year deer are under a lot of stress due to the weather as well as three and a half months of hunting pressure. Additionally, those still hunting are more than likely using bait. Deer may travel long distances for the bait burning a lot of calories making them vulnerable. I’m not against baiting though just doing so late in the winter.
I believe all of us are willing to make some changes because what we are doing now isn’t working. It sure does make for a long, boring season when you aren’t seeing much.
Recalls deer heyday
Good column Sunday. I am glad we both hunted during the heyday of deer hunting when bands of deer moved back and forth all day.
The first day of (Maryland) rifle season this year I hunted from dark to dark and saw one deer. The Department of Natural Resources’ statement that the low deer harvest was caused by the acorn crop was an insult. To date for all seasons, our 18-member club killed three small bucks on 800 acres. Doe hunting should be curtailed to build up the deer population.
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I have an unscientific observation for
What’s new, right?
Go online for W.Va. hunt/fish info
The expression “information at the
touch of a button” could have been
coined for the newest feature on
the Division of Natural Resources’
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Colorado dealing with use of drones by hunters to spot big game animals
officials are taking a close look at setting limits
for hunters using drones to help spot
potential game, saying it gives hunters an
Bear Watch - 11/24/2013
There have been 38 bears
killed on Maryland roadways
this year, according to an unofficial
count maintained by the
The Cumberland Times-
News will use photographs of
hunters with deer that they
harvested during the 2013
seasons. There is no charge.
Most photos will be held
and used in the January
issue of Rod & Gun.
Sharpshooters kill deer in park for fifth year
are taking aim at whitetailed
deer in Catoctin
Mountain Park near
Lunker channel catfish, rainbow trout bring recognition
These anglers, who live
within the circulation area of
the Cumberland Times-News,
have been recognized by the
West Virginia Division of Natural
Resources for catching trophy
Vehicle hits Ark. officer
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says a man
who tried to run over a wildlife officer after he was caught shooting at a decoy deer
has been taken into custody.
Six Michigan wolves killed
At least six wolves have
been killed during Michigan’s wolf hunt in the
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