188,000 deer harvested! That is insane. It looks like a fairly significant drop in harvest but that is still a very substantial take. I can not imagine taking that many animals in a season like that. That is a lot of meat being put on the ground. Good for those Missouri hunters. Hopefully they will be able to get the dip in harvest figured out but it could just possibly be a glitch in the trend. When you harvest that many animals, a drop in harvest of 4000 does not seem like that big of a deal.
I think it might be cyclical and dependent on the amount of acorns in the woods. If there is a shortagage of acorns then I suspect the numbers will go back up. Couple of points of interest (at least to me) on this.
They said the acorns kept the deer deep in the woods. This tells me that the hunters are not pursuing the deer very hard. Probably not pushing very far to get them.
The other thing is if hunters are not successful, will they give up and not come back the next year to hunt?
Yeah, the sheer number of deer taken is mind boggling.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...