I once again am posting on this subject since I have now had to let several bucks walk away from me this season due to the stupid restrictions here in Missouri. I am one for letting the deer grow but I shouldn't have to if I don't want to. If they are going to impose such rules it should be state wide and not in certain counties. Plus here in Missouri we have a telecheck system where you check in your deer by phone or internet which makes it possible for anyone to cheat the system. I witnessed a person on the neighboring property shoot a 6 pointer I let walk due to the antler restriction and when I said something he stated that he didn't care about the law. I have heard several of the local good olé boys in the area say the same thing. I tried calling the conservation agent but by the time they got there the deer was gone. So you tell me how the law works.
The law works because law abiding people will follow it.
I believe that would be the majority of hunters, not all but the majority. I consider myself a good example of why the law works. Prior to antler restrictions I would shoot most anything, antler restrictions made me reconsider what I was doing. Having had them in place now for the last 4-5 years (I can't remember) I would not change a thing. We are seeing more deer, bigger deer, and healthier deer. Sure we have roadhunters, poachers, and people who don't follow the law, sure, some people will cheat the system, just as they do with the telecheck, but MOST won't and that is why it works.
Missouri expanded APR's this year to additional counties, and I could see in a few more years the entire state being that way except for some of the southern counties. Surveys indicate most Missouri hunters approve of them where they have been in place.