After reading "BIG CHANGES LEAD TO BIG SUCCESS" in the Sept. issue of DEER&DEER HUNTING, my hat goes off to John Phillips, Kentucky's then deer program manager. For the last 5 years or so I kept saying that Illinois, my primary hunting place, should go to a 1 buck limit and at least 2 does per hunter. If ill. would have implemented a 1 buck limit back then, we would begin experiencing what Kentucky has achieved with big mature trophy bucks. Yeah, I know there are some on this forum that think this is wrong and that any buck is a trophy, which I believe for each individual this is true. But, I can't believe any hunter, as he gets older doesn't care about nailing one of those big smart wall hangers. There is no reason why one hunter has to be able to shoot 2 bucks. With Kentucky's limits there are no antler restrictions, you take the buck of your choice and if you want more meat take a couple of does to help control the herd. A very simple solution. In recent years, with our liberal deer hunting limits, various diseases, growing predator problems and the ever increase of hunters, our state's deer herds in various parts are decreasing. In recent years I listen to hunters that hunt in various parts of Ill. and they say that the last few seasons deer sightings have been the worst they have ever had. Some of our states had better wake up and reevaluate their thinking.
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