Based on surveys conducted after Utah's rifle hunt ended last fall, DWR biologists estimate 296,000 deer were in Utah at the start of last winter. That's 7,000 more animals than the 289,000 deer estimated in the state after the 2004 rifle hunt ended.
That article sounded like a sells pitch.......Utah gives out 97,000 Deer tags per year and those deer get hammered. It would be nice if Utah cut way back on the number of tags in order to give the deer a chance to build back up in numbers. I doubt we'll see that anytime soon though.......Revenue, Revenue!
A good rule of thumb to use when estimating the number of bucks in a healthy pre-hunt deer population is 15%. Of those, about 20% will be older than yearlings. Applying these rules of thumb to the Utah deer herd - and acknowledging the fact that the DWR consistenly overstates deer numbers, buck/doe ratios, and fawn/doe ratios - then there should be about 43000 bucks for 97000 hunters. About 60% of those bucks would usually be harvested. That's about 24000 bucks. Then, hunter success would be about 26%. Archers usually have about 12% success. So, if there were 25000 archers, we could expect them to harvest about 2600 bucks. But, since everything is being overstated, we can expect less success all the way around.
I refuse to believe anything close to a 15/100 buck/doe ratio in Utah. 70 fawns per 100 does is pathetic. A deer herd cannot grow at that rate. This problem points to only one thing - predators, particularly coyotes. I've been seeing these rosy deer hunt forcasts by the DWR since 1993 and they've never been accurate. And , the deer herd is not permitted to grow. They do want to sell permits, but they'ld rather the deer were not harvested.
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....