I should really clarify my statement and apologize for the confusion. I didn't mean to imply that anything that moves will be shot. I shot two last season during the regular gun hunt. This was in zone 55, I saw many more but didn't take any shots. I also hunted zone 75 for the weekend opener(gun) and didn't see anything. One of the three in our party shot a doe and that was the only deer all weekend. As I've stated in other threads, I recently relocated closer to the grandparents in zone 55 on a large farm. Prior to this past season in zone 75, I haven't shot a deer in 8 years and have only seen a handful during that time. At this current time, my understanding of the situation is deer pose a very large threat to the local farming community as well as trying to erradicate CWD. If someone has the facts regarding those two issues, I would gladly continue to educate myself on the subject. Now 2009 will be my first bow season and I really hope to just get a shot at a deer meaning a well placed, ethical kill.
I will say that I'm 100% for the responsible management of our deer herd. However, drive Cty Rd O, G, or Z near Belmont, Darlington, Platteville, Shullsburg, etc. You will need a very large note book to track the #'s you will see. I kicked up 20 deer, yes I actually counted all 20, in one small patch of set aside. I've counted 8 in my back yard (9 acres several miles from the 20 I kicked up and on the same day) We've collectively counted near 500 in a night traveling the local farms. Crop damage and CWD have really taken a toll on the area. Now the statement was made that this type of hunting is why people haven't seen many deer. I only half agree, in the northern area's it does seem that the population is dwindling but I would argue that most deer don't travel hundreds of miles around the state. I don't think that was the point though, it was more the methodology correct? In the areas that haven't had good harvests, have we looked at the (un)natural predators that have moved into the area. I know in zone 75 coyotes and wolves have exploded in population. I saw 3 coyotes opening day in 2008 and I know poaching is on the rise as we found 4 carcasses in 2007 (promptly reported to the game warden). Some random thoughts I guess.
This rambled a bit as it was written during mutiple times but I do NOT want to portray that I'm some slob hunter wandering around shooting at anything and everything. I'm learning to bow hunt because I love the outdoors and deer are truly an amazing/fascinating animal. Bow hunting will force me to learn the animal, its habits, and truly how to hunt. If I use that knowledge for myself to harvest a deer, donate one to the food pantry, and help the local farming community, I see that as a win win for everyone.
Again, I didn't mean to send the wrong impression or spark a debate. I mispoke and hope that this helps to clarify what i meant.
Do or do not, there is no try - Yoda