JPH let me ask you a question about your last comment on the lottery not having a thing to do with protecting yearlings...Please remember I am not trying to open up a closing wound on the whole lottery thing..
Do you think Iowa would have such a strong and healthy heard right now, and I mean as many does and trophy bucks if they did not have the lottery? Knowing that the way it is played up on hunting shows and videos is going to bring in a ton of non res hunting pressure, and the killing of a lot more deer.
I think it is a valid question. And I have to admit, that given all the hype, I would not look forward to the wave of hunters that would show up that first season.
While I do not know what it would do to the quality of Iowa's herd, it would certainly hamper the quality of the hunt for those on public hunting. Iowa has very little.
The issue that I have (and have always had) with non-resident lotterys is their effect on landowners. If non-resident landowners were allowed to buy tags for their own property without a lottery, I do not think the herd would be hampered one bit. In fact, I think it would help by keeping landowners close to their property during the season and discouraging poachers.