Where I currently hunt in PA, there's a 4-to-a-side antler restriction. Personally, I like it. Since it's inception three years ago, I've taken a mature buck each year. I don't know if I'd have been able to do that without the restriction.
My concern would be about the cull bucks that should be taken out of the herd. How should that be handled? For instance a small fork horn with a broken leg, wounded, another lamenss, or worse yet CWD where they need to be harvested as not to spead CWD. If a way to handle those issues could be found it would sound good.
In MO, there is a 4 point on one side restriction for most of the state, but not my area's. I wish they would extend that to the whole state. I wish they would make the MO riffle season, shotguns only. We have a ton of deer here, but the orange army never lets the bucks get big, they take out anything that moves. Of course I'm not sure how they'll inforce the anter restriction now that there is no check in stations, only phone or internet checking.
State wide in Georgia - 2 buck limit, one must have at least 4 points to a side. Some counties have a 4 point to a side rule and some also have a 15" minimum outside spread.
About all the clubs around here have a 4 point on a side earwide rule anyway.
On my club we have relaxed that to a "if outside the ears shoot and then count" rule as we only have a few deer hunters and most are older men that have trouble counting points at any distance at all. I use binoculars full time now
I am for it because it's gonna make for better buck hunting,but if you are a youngster just getting in to hunting you might get a little upset when you can't kill something because of the rule,and may get a little discouraged of the sport!!!!!!!! :sad: :shade: But where I bowhunt in PA it is 3 point one side and where I gun hunt it is 4 points one side!!!!!!!!! :shade:
Yes, I would support the rule. I already belong to a 8 pt. or better bowhunting club. Believe it or not we have some pretty good deer down in Louisiana. If, people would let the bucks grow old, we would have some fantastic deer. I am not one that would push my view on an issue on someone else, but if it came up to a vote, I would vote for the antler restriction.
Here in MS we have a 4 pt. or better rule. What ends up happening is a kind of "high grading" as you might see in a timber harvest. In other words, the 2.5 yo 8pts., which would likely be real studs at 4 or 5, get hammered, and the 3 pt., etc. deer, regardless of age, get to do the breeding. If people could understand that you can't keep taking out the best representatives of the herd without detrimental effects, we might have something. Until then........
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