Generally speaking, deer managers in the North have it rough compared to their Southern counterparts simply because of the major differences in season structure. States such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania have rather short gun seasons — the "big stick" of deer management. Whereas in the South (Alabama, Mississippi and Florida for example), gun seasons can stretch for months.
If warm weather, fog, rain or a delayed rut interfere with these short Northern gun seasons, the overall harvest can take a major hit. However, if these gun seasons coincide with perfect conditions for deer movement and hunter effort, record harvests can ensue.
In the South, long seasons are needed simply because the weather and rut are less predictable. This is helpful for Southern deer managers because their harvests are often more closely a result of populations that extenuating circumstances.
By the same token, a long, unpredictable season can be frustrating for some Southern hunters.
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