Evidently the new tag program will possibly take effect in the upcoming 2013 season. I am opposed to it for several reasons. The first one is how many deer will end up dead and left in the woods. According to people on other hunting sites, this is a common problem in states with these type of restrictions. The second reason I'm opposed is I hunt deer with dogs. It's hard to be selective in the swamp when an obvious buck comes running through the water and briar thickets at mach 1, and I'm trying to judge the deer and put the bead of the shotgun on it at the same time. My third reason is simply from a food standpoint. My step grandson and I live off of venison. Last year I put 6 deer in the freezer and we were out of everything except a few packs of burger before Aug. 15th. We actually do eat venison at least 4 or 5 times per week. This season I have put another 6 in the freezer, but I have also provided another deer to my aunt in payment for hunting her tract of land that adjoins mine. I have had seasons where I've killed 20 or so deer, and then seasons where I've only killed 4 or 5. Depending on the hunting clubs that I've dog hunted with, I might get a piece of meat from a kill, or I might get the whole deer. For clubs that have a share the meat program, many of the hunters may never kill a single deer and others may kill several but end up with a meat equivalent of less than 1 deer for the season. How will the new program affect those individuals? Fourth and this is my biggest gripe about the process, DNR claims that surveys were sent to 90% of the licensed hunters in the state. I have attended some of the meetings on this topic and have yet to meet or hear of a single person who received such a survey. I know I never did! It appears to many of us down here in the low country that if such a survey was sent out, it apparently was only sent to the upstate and the non-resident hunters. Since the upstate already has more restrictions on bag limits, seasons for archery, rifle, and shotgun/muzzle loader, and no dog hunting or baiting is allowed; it's only natural that there would be support for implementing some of those same restrictions on game zones 3, 4, 5, and 6. Then the non-residents who flood into the state from NC, Georgia, and Florida also have an agenda of wanting to change our game laws to accommodate their land leasing opportunities that are contributing to hunting properties becoming too expensive for clubs and resident individuals to acquire. If the two sides succeed in getting buck tags instituted, banning of hound hunting won't be far behind. In a state where snipers are hired to eliminate herds of deer at night using spotlights, do we truly need to limit hunter kills? Especially considering that Charles Ruth of the DNR stated at one of the meetings I attended that the ultimate goal is to also eliminate antlerless days and eventually limit the tag program to just 4 bucks and 1 doe!!! How many of you are in favor of that little known piece of information? The way I view the tag program is the same way I view the gun ban debate: if we give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile!!!!!!!!
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