Thanks for the feedback on my post.
I can promise you that the experiences of our hunting before and after the APR's is night and day. It used to be the highlight of our trip if someone got to see a basket rack 8 pointer, now we don't even pick the bow up for them, I see at least half dozen or more every year in a one week period. We have always hunted western PA where it is 4points to a side now.
I know there are some negatives to APR's(novice hunters, meat hunters, old stubborn men set in their ways, etc...) but they have been heavily outweighed by positive's and nothing but a blessing (thus far) for PA, IMO.
here's my problem with antler regs. last year while bow hunting i saw a buck he was a 4 point and he was an old buck i mean he grey he was so old there was no doubt in my mind that this buck was at least 7 to 8 years old if not older . i some areas in n.y they have antler regs and you have at least 3 points on one side so even if the buck was past his prime he would be a non shooter.in my area we don't have them and being it was the near the end of season i put him down [:)]wayne
That is definitely one of the small beefs I have with APR's, I think a mature buck should never be off limits. I think if you take the deer to a biologist or warden after you soot it and they verify the age being 'mature' then that should trump any APR since that is the ultimate goal. And if you make a mistake on the age you get fined. People will quickly realize it is much easier to count points than it is to determine age.
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One area I hunt is a army training facility. They have antler restictions of 4-pts or better, and a one buck limit per hunter. It seems to work well there, producing some quality bucks. But, I see a lot of small 8-pts taken that are nowhere near their potential. But, that is his or her trophy and they are happy and I should not judge. Probably their first or second buck, or just glad to shoot a buck. I shot my share of small bucks in the begining. I guess I'm just an old big buck hunter now and that,s the way I look at it. What I do see, is the quantity and quality of the bucks coming out of the states such as Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa that are at one buck only. Sure, Illinois, Wisconsin and other states produce big bucks, but the fore mentioned states are starting to climb in their trophy listings. That is why I'm for a one buck limit. I know some do not agree. I would rather have it this way instead of antler restrictions.
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