2004 was a disaster in VT; even a lot of old timers were frustrated. VT Fish& Wildlife couldn't help the two bad winters back to back. I hunted neighboring NY and while it's better than VT it's declined somewhat too. But it's been my observation that VT F&W likes to overestimate deer numbers. I support the 3-pt. minimum not because I think it's going to produce bigger bucks (don't have the minerals in the soil and the farms are now all summer homes for wealthy anti-hunters) but we need to let the deer numbers bounce back a bit. Habitat is a problem problem with the loss of farms and the lack of cutting to encourage growth conducive to deer. It appears that VT Fish & Game is going to try to make up the loss of deer revenue by upping the moose permits too fast...let's kill another goose that lays golden eggs. I'll be at the hearing in Bennington March 30th...we'll see what the next few years bring.
Let me start off by saying I am not a farmer.
I am a deer hunter and I do own a tractor and have all of the equipment - but that does not make you a farmer any more than standing in the garage makes you a car - well, you get the picture!
Having said that - and with most of my ineptitude fairly well hidden - I do think that buckwheat is one of the most under rated cover crops out there.
I say cover crop because I see mixed results as it relates to the deer eating the plants.