Deer success rate

4/9/18 @ 11:19 PM
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OO Buckshot
OO Buckshot
USER since 10/4/05

In light of the archery season question at this year's spring hearing I decided to break down the success rate based on licenses sold vs harvest numbers.

Numbers are for 2017-18 season

Gun deer (includes regular, youth, muzzleloader and all antlerless)

License sold 582,281

Deer killed 227,645

Kill Rate 39%


Regular Archery

License sold 152,660

Deer Killed 45,166

Kill Rate 29%


Cross bow

Licenses sold 82,660

Deer killed 47,228

Kill Rate 57%

With the current season frame work a hunter using a crossbow has a 18% higher success rate than any other form of weapon.  Almost 2x the success rate over a verticle bow.

Edited on 4/9/18 11:29 PM
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4/19/18 @ 1:29 PM
Fishsqueezer
Fishsqueezer
USER since 5/19/06

LB the way you talk some would think you hunt Iron county public land from the ground with a recurve. Or is your chosen level of difficulty the golden standard by which all others must abide? 

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4/19/18 @ 1:03 PM
Hunter&Hound
Hunter&Hound
USER since 7/24/01

However, If I had a dime for every time someone showed me a picture of their buck and mentioned the score I could probably retire.

Edit: Or the age


When I run into one of those guys, I reply with, "That would have been good one next year."  Then I laugh.





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4/19/18 @ 12:49 PM
Fishsqueezer
Fishsqueezer
USER since 5/19/06

JC I can honestly say I have never once heard anybody brag about shooting multiple bucks in a year. I must not know any of the 10,800 hunters statewide. However, If I had a dime for every time someone showed me a picture of their buck and mentioned the score I could probably retire. 

Edit: Or the age

Edited on 4/19/18 12:53 PM
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4/19/18 @ 11:08 AM
JC-Wisconsin
JC-Wisconsin
USER since 4/1/05

"“C'mon, mad. It's simply the best, most accurate and reliable measure of one's manliness out there. Everyone knows that.“

I’m pretty sure a system to measure and score antlers would be how most people on here measure and compare manliness. "

There are still droves of guys that brag about how many bucks they shot with the rifle (party tagging), and bragging about filling both their tags every year (archery and gun).  I have had heated arguments with these guys afterward because it always follows with "I never get a chance at a big buck."  Most of the time it is the guy who passed up the forks, spikes, and 6's during bow season only for him and his group to shoot them all with the rifle.  I say go ahead and brag all you want that you shot 2, 3, 4, etc. forkhorns, but never complain about not shooting a big deer.  The right to complain about that should be revoked obviously.

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4/19/18 @ 10:49 AM
ere
ere
USER since 2/22/07

Settle down LB, I'm 56. Sorry but you dont have a lock on my opinions. Done here. Your insulting commentary is unnecessary. All hail the great archer.

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4/19/18 @ 9:20 AM
Wicasa
Wicasa
USER since 11/11/15

This whole thread is nothing but deflecting blame on others.

Not entirely true.  RC and I are just trying to have a little fun.......

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4/19/18 @ 9:08 AM
Fishsqueezer
Fishsqueezer
USER since 5/19/06
The average age of a crossbow license holder is 52 (39 for archery) so essentially half of the crossbow hunters and their more efficient weapons will remain in addition to the people who can find one of the many doctors that never turned someone down. The remaining crossbow hunters, or “scabs,” will still shoot bucks during the reduced season at a rate higher than their vertical bow hunting counterparts. 

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4/19/18 @ 9:02 AM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
USER since 1/29/02

More name calling....... guess I'm not surprised.



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4/18/18 @ 4:59 PM
river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

skunked as usual

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4/18/18 @ 4:40 PM
Wicasa
Wicasa
USER since 11/11/15

BTW, did you get both your bucks last year, RC? 

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