don taylor wrote:Sorry, I meant to say 250,000 doe, not deer. We were closer to 350,000 for total harvest.
I did look at Mississippi, and they had a much higher harvest than I had expected, not trailing by much. That said, 20 years ago, we were hammering them and southerners were hardly on the map. It isn't that your neck of the woods hasn't killed them, its been only recently that you have begun to get some big numbers.
I still doubt that many southern states compete with Mississippi, but I've devoted enough time to it already, so I'm leaving it be.
Probably best you do leave it, because you're as wrong about 20 years ago as today, though the Southern states probably didn't have as good of a handle on their numbers as the North, where deer had to be checked in. When I left the Ohio Valley, limits were just starting to open up from one per season to one per method in some places. When I got here, the limit was 6, and they didn't even have to be tagged, let alone checked. And I'm pretty sure parts of South Carolina were already one antlered (not "-less") deer a day for their months (plural) long gun season.
None of which is to say there aren't a pile of deer in the North, just to support the original statement you wanted to counter with PA's exceptional-for-the-North situation:
...venison is a Southern staple with most states having limits most Northern deer hunters can only dream of.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.