My take on that policy is that on properties that are heavily hunted, the hunter who chooses to shoot larger deer has far fewer opportunities because most of the bucks get killed at 1½ years. I'd rather kill more mature bucks, but here in PA so few of them existed. In some areas 90-95% of the buck harvest was 1½ year old bucks. It might take a lifetime in those areas to have an opportunity at a 3½ year old buck. (Also, some biologists would disagree with the "no biological urgency" part.)
I live 4 miles from New York and have hunted there for 4 years. My impression (where I have hunted) is that hunters put less pressure on the deer in NY than we do here in PA. But -- I have yet to shoot any deer in New York. The only antlered buck I've seen had both his antlers broken off. The only time I've had an antlerless tag was 2008, and we had either monsoon rains, or snow up to my waist. The hunting was pretty tough.
Yeah, i agree in PA, the culture was to shoot what ever walks, the ole' if it's brown it's down - without antler restrictions you would never see a quality buck...
but the change has not been recieved well,
but i hope that the restrictions go even further at some point and the whole state would be 4points on one side insted of three...
also it did improve the age structure for bucks, where now a little more than 50% of bucks killed are 1.5 where as before AR's that rate was 90% or better
and i have gotten a deer in each of the past three years