Too soon for me to tell. I hunted a new area this year. The antler restrictions just went into affect this season (special regulations area/shotgun only). I can tell you that my wife and I both would have been tagged out by 8:30 opening morning under last years regs. With the new regs. empty tags this year. I'm disapointed with the season but, do suport the antler restrictions. I have hunted Pa for 16 or so seasons and have not taken any real nice bucks but, I feel that will change in the next couple of years.
NYHUNTER, I would love it if NY went that way where I live you can hunt with a Rifle and everything with 3" of bone seems to get shot I passed 3 small bucks up this year in that area. That was all the bucks that I saw their, no the other hand I saw does almost every day took 3 does oldest being 9 1/2 years old dressed out at 87lbs. I think it is time to let the bucks go and shoot some does.
Arcgher, I think it would definiatley be god to consider, or atleast try in a few counties to see how it goes. It seems to be working alright over in PA. My neighbor took one of the nicest looking Ten pointers that I have evr seen from the NY,NJ,PA area.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...