I have read that even though the harvest was up last year PGC claims the herd grew by 20% statewide. I dont know but, thats what I heard. I hunted a new area this year and the part in the article about the deer not being in thier traditional areas makes sense to me. I saw 3 bucks on opening day (all too small for the new antler restrictions) but, the other 2 guys hunting on the same property (have hunted it in excess of 10 years each) didn't see any bucks. They just didn't go to the traditional hot spots. I had an advantage of scouting on the day before the opener and found good buck sign and hunted there. Out of the way of the other hunters.
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...