as for hunter numbers some good comments have been made, no doubt, but the most important thing to ask is this, how many from what direction before who cuts off who? think it over carefully. every deer's home range is like a spiderweb, they dont use it all and sometimes where they are isnt where they were just days before. its a series of pathes. the deer are no doubt somewhere in this maze everytime people take to the woods, where the deer end up after that depends on their travel route and final destination. long answer short, one hunter "hunting obviously" is pressuring deer. if you owned land you would learn this quickly. allowing hunters placement in certain spots curtails deer showing up elsewhere. case in point, no one hunts my land gun season between the mega funnel and my sancuary. why? because if the wind is wrong, timing wrong, anything wrong, and the deer wont flee the neighbors woods the way they will if otherwise. and a safe spot and safe route there gives you the ability to have a deer calm down and move to the place you call checkmate.
bdr, i usually disagree with most people. ranwin33 and i usually share concepts right on but this time we dont, sorry buddy. i am a firm believer that the reason does arent sighted as "often" as bucks during season is that bucks are rare in numbers compared to does and bucks are following the wrong head when most hunters are persuing them. anyone who has had a doe property and then changed it to a buck property knows how many more does are on the landscape than you ever think are. bucks are easily idable, does arent. bucks in their comfort zone dont move much during the day outside rut, again making hunters think they aint there. but does never get stupid for a couple months, and they know all the stumps in their smaller home ranges. cite ozoga's resaearch, you will see he confirms this in his ear tag observations, does can dissappear for long time, not die and show up again. bucks arent as smooth as they get credit for.
only if we had antler point restrictions...
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