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Multiple Seasons

When I first started hunting many years ago, we were given the option of hunting several seasons if we wanted to change weapons.  We could still only harvest one buck, but if we were unsuccessful during the rifle season, we could pick up a muzzle loader and give that a try.

A number of years ago, Washington became a "choose your weapon" state.  Long before any season opened, you had to declare what weapon you would hunt with and stick with it.  This past year, they did a lottery for a drawing of any season.  If you get drawn, you can hunt every season as long as you only fill one tag.

My question is how many states still allow a person to hunt in multiple seasons?

 

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I believe that all of the

I believe that all of the western states have gone to pick your weapon hunts.  Utah however has a "Dedicated" hunter program that you can sign up for.  You have to pay a fee and do 32 service hours with the DOW for you opportunity to hunt deer in all 3 seasons. (archery, muzzle loader, and rifle)  The only down fall is that you can only harvest a deer 2 out of 3 years I believe. 

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Wow, that's very interesting.  I lived in Utah for ten years and very often hunted mulitple seasons.  Even bought a doe tag for an extra deer.  Times have changed.  I do like the idea of what you talked about.  That is a win - win situation for hunters and the DOW.  Good for them.

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I guess I don't understand

I guess I don't understand the question.  In Vermont, anyone can hunt archery, then hunt rifle if they want, and then hunt muzzleloader.  As long as you don't hit your 3 deer limit, you can hunt whatever you want.

 

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In a lot of the western

In a lot of the western states you use to be able to buy a archery, muzzleloader, and a regular rifle tag and only able to take one deer a year.  Now in the same states you have to decide on what season you want to buy the tag for, so you are limited to only one hunt a year. 

It would be nice if the population of mule deer was like the white tails back east or even down south.  I have a friend in Alabama and he has invited me back there to hunt.  The last time that I talked to him you could take 6 deer a year but 5 of them had to be does.  Mule deer can't handle that type of harvest. 

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Okay, so it's like

Okay, so it's like California.  If I buy a doe tag and buck tag for rifle, and do not get a deer during the October season, I am done for the year.  Even though archery and muzzleloader run to the end of December.

 

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Maybe I haven't been around

Maybe I haven't been around long enough but as far as I know that option has never been available for me. It would be nice to get things started with a more primative weapon and then move on if unsuccessful though.

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seasons

If I hunted all seasons here in Tennessee, which is perfectly legal with proper tags, I could start hunting in the 3rd week of September for bow (crossbow legal) and continue to hunt until the 1st week of January, non-stop. Of that timeframe, one week is M/L and seven weeks are gun.

Bag limit is 3 deer/day for the entire season (only 3 bucks total).  Dancing

Kentucky starts bow the 1st week of September, has a two day early M/L season in mid October, a two week gun season in mid November and a late M/L season in December. Bow ends in mid January. One license for all seasons and a limit of one buck & one doe, plus you may purchase additional doe tags.

 

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