I don't think they set the tag quota until later this spring after they have processed the aerial counts and have a feel for how last winters weather effected the herds.
Aerial counts are done now and winter kill usually happens later in the season, so there is a lag of a year between a large winter kill and a reduction in tags. Some tags were reduced last year when it became obvious that there was very high winter mortality in some areas.
We all take every precaution when we are hunting and harvesting our animal. Well, what about after the animal is down? Do we know what has happened to that animal over it's lifetime? The following is an example of why we should be careful when we cut.
2 years ago, my father shot a nice 8 point on opening morning of the rifle season in Vermont. It was a beautiful, 2 1/2 year old deer, looked really healthy and moved normally. When my father went to skin it for...