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Location: Indiana
Joined: 07/05/2006
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new regulations

this is what i saw in whitetail news and it wrote by brad herndon : States can pass regulations to try and control their deer populations,but without the cooperation of the hunters, these regulations will be worthless. Iowa is one of several states taking serious measures to try and control their deer herd size. Last fall they had a three-day firearm season the friday,saturday, and sunday after thanksgiving where only antlerless deer could be killed. In addition, in their southern zon, iowa enacted a seven-day special rifle season in late january to shoot antlerless deer. They also allotted a total of 19,000 more antlerless permits. A hunter can buy an unlimited number of antlerless permits for $10.00 each, as long as they are available for his area. One bow hunter i know killed 16 does and two megabucks from his property last november in iowa. Another killed 40 does from his property and only one monster buck. these are smart deer managers who are assuring their deer stay healthy by kepping the deer numbers within the carrying capacity of the land. You should do the same. In upcoming years, you will see more and more unique hunting regulations that will encourage the harvest of does. Here's one of my ideas. When the deer herd gets too large in states with one- antlerd-buck limits, 10 bonas pointscould be issued to a hunter for each doe harvested. Once a hunter acumulates 50 bonus points, he would be entitled to take one more antlered deer for that year only. This rule would absolutely result in a higher doe harvest. If you're reading this article, you obviously have and interest in trophy bucks. If you want to go to another state to kill a buster deer, the information i've listed accompanyning charts will show you the top states and counties in which to hunt. Keep in mind when reading the charts that i consider many factors when making my predictions. B&C bucks per square mile are a factor, but so are the number of deer hunters in each state, the deer herd size and even the type of terrain in each state and how easy it is to hunt. Kentucky, for instance, contains vast streches of hilly land, a type of terrain where the wind is tough for for a bow hunter to shoot. Therefore Kentucky might rank much lower for the bow hunterthan the firearm hunter. If you can't go out of state to hunt, then you will be concerned about what you can do on the property you hunt to increease the quality of your deer.The first thing you must do is be with honest with yourself. Look at your forested areas and evaluate whether timber is over-browsed. If you have what looks like a high-water line in your woods, then you have way too many whitetails. Similarly, if you can see 100 yards in the woods because it's so open, you may have a deer overpopulation problem. If you can see 200 yards in the woods, you clearly have a problem. If this is your situation, you must take action, and quickly.Killing 10 to 20 does per year and properly taking care of them is hard work, but in many areas it must be done. You can't see 100 deer per day and have trophy bucks too. It just doesn't work that way. You must keep your deer herd within the carrying capacity of the land. I hunted in Indiana for 25 years before i saw a spike buck on private land. Now they are common in many regions. That indicates too many deer and not enough food. this brings up another factor you should consider - antler quality. If mature bucks 10 years ago here scoring an average of 135 inces in your area and field-dressing 180 pounds, and weigh 40 pounds less and score 110 inches, then you probably have a significant deer over population problem, insufficiant food for the deer, or both. As the deer's food sources decline, you will notice the following change in the mature buck's antlers: a decrease in inside spread ; fewer pointson their main beams; less main beam length; and less mass in the main beams, esspecially as they go past the midway point in their length. ( If anyone wants to know how there state did in the charts contact me.)