How many do you think were does that died by way of gun, not including bows, or deer that never were found in your hunting area?
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I wanted to comment and compare notes with fellow hunters on the extremely poor quality of hunt many are experiencing in South Central Michigan. I just burned up a week's vaction and put in over 40 hours on stand and saw THREE deer... two fawns and a basket 8 pt that my brother in law and I both passed on. Same 120 acre abandoned farm we have hunted for over 20 years with great pleasure and success. I have hunted deer for 40 years in this area and conditions and hunter satisfaction have reached a new low.
My nutshell theory is that with 14 % unemployment and liberal bag limits, the deer have been indiscriminately wiped out in this area. Excessive seasons and hunting pressure force the survivors to go nocturnal earlier every year. The DNR will not acknowledge this because they want to sell tags. I counted 150 shots by 9 am on the Nov 15 firearm opener in 2009, brown went down. This year, from the same location, only 26 shots in the same timeframe. Allowing for a weekday opener, Sat, Nov 20 should have been the day, right? Only 9 shots heard.
I did harvest a doe during bow season, something I seldom do, and it appears to have been a good decision now. But we had a lousy bow season as well with few deer sightings, and many reports from surrounding areas corroborate this. As you would suspect, In the interest of keeping my introductory post short, I believe a wide variety of factors are at work which I am willing to discuss if anyone is interested.
One thing to keep in mind is that it was on a Monday this season and the new crossbow rule. Some people may want to try those out instead of their gun.
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