Eliminate use of rifles?

10/28/15 @ 1:52 PM
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tiddies1981
tiddies1981
USER since 1/22/15
What kind of impact do you think it would have if we followed suit of neighboring states. And only allowed muzzle loaders and shotguns. Do you think it would help the deer herd?
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12/2/15 @ 4:00 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13
total harvest this year is up a dismal 2%. must be because of rifles. Wink

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11/23/15 @ 10:07 PM
rock river
rock river
USER since 7/26/07
I actually believe rifle hunting is more ethical. I've never lost a deer with my rifle and I'm only shootin a 270. They have much more velocity and send a shockwave into the deer I believe. I have lost numerous deer with the slug gun including a very nice buck that will haunt me rest of my life. I dnt know how but deer have a way of taking those slugs. Tough animals.

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11/23/15 @ 6:31 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13
the best thing to help the heard is to stop issuing extra tags and stop selling bonus tags. it has nothing to do with the firearm. I can show you some great spots that have a lot of deer and are in rifle country. not all places have a depleted heard.

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11/23/15 @ 6:28 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13
no tiddies, I feel I am too young to hunt out of a box blind. I brave the elements. yes, it would change things. it would mean people wouldn't be using rifles is all. it won't change the deer harvest. you talk about compromise, but it seems like you only want it your way. why do you think eliminating rifles would change anything. give me proof and not just your opinion. this is my first year using a rifle. I let every doe I saw walk so far. seems like you blame the gun "object" and not the people behind the trigger. I bet in your opinion, that people would be thinner if the government banned larger sized spoons and forks. bahahahahaha. I have enough rules and laws to follow in my life. I don't need the government to step in and tell me I can't use a rifle to kill deer in order to provide food for myself and my family.

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11/22/15 @ 7:28 PM
lazyfishr
lazyfishr
USER since 5/29/06
That's the best one I've heard yet. Hunters are too stupid to shoot anything besides 1 1/2 old deer and fawns.

Better yet. Put trigger locks on guns that work like ignition locks the drunks have to get in their cars. Lots of deer walk.

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11/22/15 @ 7:14 PM
tiddies1981
tiddies1981
USER since 1/22/15
Cause it would change things. I personally find it funny how people complain about not seeing deer. Lack of deer ect.... but when you ask them to compromise to make things better, god for bid they do that. This is all they know.

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11/22/15 @ 7:11 PM
tiddies1981
tiddies1981
USER since 1/22/15
Fish fillet must of posted from heated box blind in middle of corn field. Again this is not about " the bucks " but deer in general

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11/21/15 @ 12:31 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13
the reasons why people are not shooting older class bucks is simple. first, once a deer gets to 3 1/2, he will now be more picky about where he beds. a lot of the 2 1/2 years olds that were living on many people's land, will vacate and find better suitable bedding. second, most people are not good enough hunters to kill them when they are on the land in which they hunt. there are a lot more mature deer out there than people are aware of. they just don't see them. take some time shining at night. you'll see all sorts of bucks you never laid eyes on while in your stand. rifles don't change a thing.

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11/21/15 @ 12:25 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13
eliminating rifles wouldn't change a thing because of our landscape. there really isn't many places a rifle will do better than what a rifle barreled shot gun or modern muzzleloader can do. most deer are not in the fields when shot. they are in the woods. it's not like hunting out west. I bet the average shots on deer are less than 75 yards and very few past 150 yards. 150 is easy for a modern muzzleloader and a rifle barreled shot gun. too many people like to find something to whine about. go hunt and be happy.

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11/20/15 @ 8:02 AM
GreatOutdoors2001
GreatOutdoors2001
USER since 7/5/01
"Yes it doubled the number of adult bucks (1.5-2.5) but I read a study that said it only raised the bar so far. Now instead of shooting them at 1.5 they are just shooting the 2.5. So the structure just moved up a notch with the end result that there are not any more mature deer (3-7) than there was before the restrictions."

That's all the rule was designed to do, and it was successful in that. I would argue that it would have increased mature deer(3-7), but likely a minor or negligible increase. Any time you get deer 1 year closer, you'll have a few more in the upper rungs as well. Young bucks are stupid and easy to shoot. Anything you can do to give them an extra year or two will help educate them a little more and make them a more wary target as they age.

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