Just a word from PA. Our game commission, about 9 years ago decided that they would make a 4-pts. on one side a requirement for the Western PA. counties. The rest of the state remained 3-pts. My last legal buck was in '03 as the fourth point would be the brow point. No can see... even it he is standing looking at you, much less if he is walking in the woods broad side. Finally this spring, they re-visited the ruling and returned to the old 3 points to a side after many complaints from the hunters telling them that the genetics just weren't there in western PA. for trophy deer. This is what I believe the G.C. was after. Non resident hunters coming in and buying their license. I had seen many 6 point deer, but didn't dare shoot. My grand son was started hunting with me in '03, and we both got a deer. Mine happened to be a 7 point, his a six point as he was a Junior hunter. That was the last legal deer he saw, and he's just a little more than disappointed in hunting. I bought him a 30-30 Marlin, then he bought a compound bow which he didn't use last year. The antler regulation has nothing to do with deer management, but for trophy planning. I personally went to the local G.C. office in Franklin, PA and asked them if they could show me any Officer that could see a brow tine on a buck in the woods walking at even 50 feet away. They said they couldn't. With enough letters and complaints, the regulation was dropped. They also overkill doe. A hunter can legally shoot up to 3 doe and a buck. A hunter can apply for a doe license, then within a month, apply for an 'unsold' license. They can also go to a farm who has "Red Tags" meaning 'Deer crop damage management'.
Consider for a moment, a doe could have 2 fawn. Next year 100,000 doe would have 200,000 fawn. Now if a 100,000 hunters harvested two doe a year, that would be a loss of 200,000 dear the next year. Multiply that by 2-4 years and we have less deer to manage. Car Insurance companies are estatic. The G.C. finally realized the revenue they would loose when hunters stopped buying their equipment and licenses. How would they earn their salaries???
If you have a chance, spread the word in NY and try not to allow this to begin there. The hunter will be the one suffering. I personally don't want a trophy, I hunt for the meat as do the Amish. They too, suffer from the fewer deer seen. There are some of last years fawn, but I won't shoot them intentially. When killing a buck with too few antler points, I have seen more laying in the woods rather than the hunter pay the outlandish fines for an illegal kill. Big racks do not mean it's an older deer. True, the longer they live..some do grow larger racks. I however have not seen large racks in years. My trail camera showed only a seven point last year, and the camera picked up only 4 deer at a time. Each day or two, I think they were the same deer.