I grew up in Wisconsin where there has always been the 9 day gun season. Sounded like a war on opening morning. I thought that was normal deer hunting. When I moved to Alabama, I found out that they had a 74 day gun season with a 2 deer a day limit. Sometimes I would hunt for 3 days and never hear a shot. People don't feel the " I gotta be there opening morning or I'll never get one" syndrome. It's rather enjoyable. I also began passing on a lot more bucks because, what the hey, I've got 10 weekends to get it done. I'm not sure that a longer season necessarily decimates the deer herd. Alabama usually has an annual kill that comes in slightly behind Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania for total numbers. South Carolina has an even longer season and they've not run out of deer yet either.
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