Deer Hunting Gripe Thread
1. Why in the hell are people able to sight in their rifles in the woods on the Friday before season when bow hunters are able to sit in the woods with camo on? (930 Friday morning I climbed out because there were shot being fired 75 yards from my tree stand) I don't blame the guys shooting too much but you wonder why you're not seeing deer on opening morning? Duh??
2. Wolves- I hunt in Jackson county and on Saturday and Sunday night the wolves had a field day with the very few gut piles they found that night. The howling of wolves in two different directions 5 miles apart lead me to believe the reason I saw 5 adult does with out fawns ate very well this spring. I'm not just a killer I don't want to just shoot an animal for the sake of shooting an animal because it effects my deer hunting, but I will support a wolf season for those who would like to take one for whatever reason they choose.
3. Legislators that support in anyway public lands being sold, private land owners who get tax credits for letting people hunt on their land and then don't let hunters hunt on their land. You know who you are and your an Azzhole. And I hope you get nailed one day when we finally have people who care about enforcing the law
4. I blame myself as well as other hunters for not being proactive and holding our states decision makers accountable for what they have done to this state as well as the wildlife it once held.
Now some credit!! And it's very unpopular in my hunting camp but sorry guys it's only for the better Credit goes to the decision makers that made the black river state Forrest a "Bucks only Zone" Now I would have loved to fill my freezer with one of the 5 does I saw but if I did pull the trigger on one of those adult does I would have killed two. Her and the fawn I hope she is dropping in the spring.
There that made me fell a lot better.. But I doubt next year will be any different
A few more gripes:
Guys who kill multiple does....or even "A" doe when the property they are hunting has very few deer.
Guys who are guzzling the DNR cool aid with antlerless harvest recommendations
Guys who see 3 deer during the entire season and "will shoot a doe on the last weekend".
Guys who don't realize the hardship inflicted on a motherless fawn with winter here.
Earn a buck pay back
Deer hunting from mid September till Janurary
Deer drives on public land on opening morning.
Crossbows for people that can physically pull a bow back, and then allowing crossbows for these folks for all of archery season.
Too many antlerless tags in much of the state.
CDAC's limitations on dividing antlerless tags within the County.
Allowing hunters to shoot two bucks/yr when there are too few bucks to begin with in much of the state.
Youth hunt and youth antlerless tags.
Guys that complain of never seeing a big buck while shooting every 1.5 year old buck they see during rifle season. No reason to complain then.
Predators out of control - see more bears, coyotes, and wolves than deer in many cases.
Guys that sit next to you during rifle season after you already in your stand.
Something has GOT to be done. We ALL need to voice our opinions at the CDAC meetings and the Spring Hearings because this is getting ridiculous.
Hunted my property in Jump River starting Tuesday until the bitter end. Saw 4 does Tuesday night and that was it. No wolves around my place but you can hear them at night big time. They are there. Had several bucks on camera through mid-November then starting the 22nd they evaporated. Couldn't be due to pressure either as 1 neighbor only bow hunts, agriculture on 2 other sides, and 1 guy hunting opening weekend only. No idea where they all went. Lots of locals had the same thing to say.
Local store in Jump River had 30 people enter the big buck contest and as of the last Saturday afternoon, they did not have a single buck registered for the contest.