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.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...