When I look at the alternatives over the counter firearm antler-less tags don't seem like a bad option. I am just entertaining a thought here. Could opening a few holiday weekends to antlerless firearms hunting be another idea? The turnout would probley be fairly decent, and we may be able to avoid messing up our bow season.ORIGINAL: Lot to Learn
I really hate the idea of the October doe season. I don't understand why they just don't sell unlimited doe tags over the counter for gun seasons in the effected counties. Give that a try before anything drastic. I have not seen the maps but I am sure I have to be in an over populated area.
I've heard of people taking un-tagged deer to the processers, then tagging them later on, or not reporting at all. Some are tagging small bucks as doe's, which is rarely observed by CPO's. The Govener cuts down on state DNR funds, and in turn the officers can't do thier jobs efficently. The DNR regulates fish-markets, why should meat processers dealing with wildgame be any different? I believe part of the problem could be solved with higher penalties, and fines for all involved with law breaking. Unless the courts start taking wildlife crimes seriously, the DNR isnt going to be able to stop the mis-management. Trusting hunters to abide by the laws is a great idea, but the people who can't be trusted are messing things up for the rest of us that are honest.ORIGINAL: Lot to Learn
I really think the consensus was "do what you want" when they stopped check stations. If you process your own deer it is 99% impossilbe to get caught.
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