clampdaddy wrote:jaegerfisherman wrote: ....More and more people want to shoot a boone and crocket and could care less about the meat. Horn hunting more than going after meat to eat....
I wish this were the case in where I hunt. Every shlub in the hills is ready to dirt the first barely legal buck they see.
You can't eat the horns, which is why I have never passed on a legal deer.
In PA they screwed about 100,000 people per year out of a deer so that a few people can get a booner.
The math is simple. Number of deer born = number of deer that die over the course of a year to keep the population constant. You have to reduce the population by 4 or more doe to make room for a 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and eventually the 5.5 year old shooter and that means a hell of a lot less fawns and a hell of a lot less deer harvested per year.
Duck hunters argue for shooting less hens so there are more young drakes to kill. But deer hunters that want to do the same are slubs
If it's your land, do what you want, but on public land in most states it's clear what the public wants. More meat in the freezer and not more bone on the wall.