But in Pennsy the 4 point rule is the LAW now, right? If so, then it's no longer a legal deer, so that's a little different situation than I mentioned. I understand that many people in Pennsy DO NOT like that law, but that's another issue.
BTW.....In a state like Pennsy, who was one of the eastern states that fell into that old "protect the does" school of management for many years, racked bucks were hard to come by, and I AGREE with them trying to get a better age structure. I've lived in a state where the doe/buck ratio was so skewed that there may have been one legal buck for every 10+ does.
Please understand too, that I live and hunt in Illinois, where the buck/doe ratio is darn close to 50/50. That doesn't mean that you see herds of deer everytime you go out, in fact, in many areas of this state, the deer are pretty well spread out so deer are everywhere, but they are not concentrated. Some days you don't see any at all. We also have a very healthy buck herd, and 6 and even 8 point racks are not uncommon on 1.5 year old deer. We also have excellent genetics.
There are many different conceptions of "antler worship" also, but for me, it means someone who's obsessed with only shooting a buck who's rack is bigger than any he's ever killed, and EVERYONE ELSE must follow those same guidelines. I think the statement that bugs me the most, is.....
"If you have to shoot a deer, and/or if meat is your primary goal, then you should just shoot does then"...which translates into, "Don't go shooting MY bucks until "I" have deemed them big enough to shoot", which makes me want to get as many legal tags I can get and fill them with 1.5 year old bucks and take photos of me proudly posed with them!
And just for the record, I pass on deer every season for one reason or another, age being one of the reasons. But that's MY decision and no one else's. I would no soooner tell someone what deer they should or shouldn't kill as I would tell them what to eat or drink or what church to go to.
Offer No Apologies.....
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