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Old 01-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #21
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At the end of the month I will get my spring beartag as well as my general, Elk and deed as well. Our F&W folks operate in a peculiar manner, I can get two bear tags and perhaps a supplimental as well, but only one tag for blacktail deer. Let me tell you, we are over run with blacktail in our area an I am afraid the population of them is reaching a critical mass health-wise for the deer. We nee some thinning. I have started to see more "deformed" deer in recent years.

That's not good, do you know if ya'll's wildlife biologists have done a survey of herd size VS habitat in recent years?
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At the end of the month I will get my spring beartag as well as my general, Elk and deed as well. Our F&W folks operate in a peculiar manner, I can get two bear tags and perhaps a supplimental as well, but only one tag for blacktail deer. Let me tell you, we are over run with blacktail in our area an I am afraid the population of them is reaching a critical mass health-wise for the deer. We nee some thinning. I have started to see more "deformed" deer in recent years.
Remember the forest fire in Yellowstone a few decades ago? People screemed because the animals where dying in snow banks the next winter. But guess what? The remaining animals are the healthiest they have been in a hundred years and now the numbers are back to normal also.
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ODFW does not listen to hunters. They know it all. A good clue woul have been just driving the roads. In the 10-12 miles between here and town there were more eer hit by cars a month after season, than i saw in all of the deer camps during season. Many of the bucks have deformed antlers. some does are going fallow while others are putting out twins, usually with one rather sickly, and there is PLENTY of forage and browse. One of the problems is that they are hard to observe in the brush and ODFW doesn't have the training and they refuse to listen to the hunters who are out there. They let us have one buck tag and the drawing for a doe tag is a 1/12 -1/20 shot.

I am not an alarmist but you can't help but notice changes if you have lived around the animals for most of your life.
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ODFW does not listen to hunters. They know it all. A good clue woul have been just driving the roads. In the 10-12 miles between here and town there were more eer hit by cars a month after season, than i saw in all of the deer camps during season. Many of the bucks have deformed antlers. some does are going fallow while others are putting out twins, usually with one rather sickly, and there is PLENTY of forage and browse. One of the problems is that they are hard to observe in the brush and ODFW doesn't have the training and they refuse to listen to the hunters who are out there. They let us have one buck tag and the drawing for a doe tag is a 1/12 -1/20 shot.

I am not an alarmist but you can't help but notice changes if you have lived around the animals for most of your life.
Socialism doesn't work for deer and elk either.
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My area of NH is overpopulated so state F&G started issuing anterless permits several years ago. The last 3 years I have shot bucks which before was almost always a doe or two. We are also seeing less deer. If the blacktail are overpopulated then the State Wildlife should offer extra doe tags.
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The wife and I hunt in SC. Our season ended Jan 1st. Very poor season. Neither of us got a shot.Our club got something like 57 deer this whole season down from right at 100 last season.
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Wow that is significant. Anyone venture a reason why??
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Wow that is significant. Anyone venture a reason why??
I wish I knew what the deal was. It was real dry and they planted the food plots late. Allot of NC and SC was in a drought most of the year. Opening day of BP the wife was looking to her right. When she looked to the left there was a nice buck standing in the freshly planted food plot that hadn't even sprouted. As she went to draw down in him he went into a thicket and she couldn't get a shot. She never saw him again. Not only the lower amount taken this season some of the deer I saw taken I would have let walk they were so small. It was very discouraging. Then on top of that. I had just bought a new 2012 Toyota Tundra 4x4 truck. We went down Christmas day mainly to start bringing stuff home. I got to the point I didn't even want to finish the last week out.The following day a older member jumps in his truck with a cargo basket on back, doesn't look and backs right into my new truck with 1100 miles. That really screwed my weekend up. 1150.00 later my truck is good as new.I was lucky no body damage or paint just the bumper and plastic piece. I saw a couple deer as we were driving in the club. As for my actual hunting I saw two flashes about 100 yds away as they ran through some thick woods. We are debating if we want to go again next season. It's a 5 hr drive eachway. I could hunt behind the house and know I'd get a couple anyway.
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I wish I knew what the deal was. It was real dry and they planted the food plots late. Allot of NC and SC was in a drought most of the year. Opening day of BP the wife was looking to her right. When she looked to the left there was a nice buck standing in the freshly planted food plot that hadn't even sprouted. As she went to draw down in him he went into a thicket and she couldn't get a shot. She never saw him again. Not only the lower amount taken this season some of the deer I saw taken I would have let walk they were so small. It was very discouraging. Then on top of that. I had just bought a new 2012 Toyota Tundra 4x4 truck. We went down Christmas day mainly to start bringing stuff home. I got to the point I didn't even want to finish the last week out.The following day a older member jumps in his truck with a cargo basket on back, doesn't look and backs right into my new truck with 1100 miles. That really screwed my weekend up. 1150.00 later my truck is good as new.I was lucky no body damage or paint just the bumper and plastic piece. I saw a couple deer as we were driving in the club. As for my actual hunting I saw two flashes about 100 yds away as they ran through some thick woods. We are debating if we want to go again next season. It's a 5 hr drive eachway. I could hunt behind the house and know I'd get a couple anyway.
Bummer about your truck.
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Bummer about your truck.

Thanks,
Yeah it was. If it had to happen I couldn't ask for a better place on the truck to get hit. Both parts replaced and good as new. I couldn't believe a chrome bumper was 666.00 and that's stripped.

I got the check from his insurance yesterday so it's all good now.
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Yeah it was. If it had to happen I couldn't ask for a better place on the truck to get hit. Both parts replaced and good as new. I couldn't believe a chrome bumper was 666.00 and that's stripped.

I got the check from his insurance yesterday so it's all good now.
Glad it all turned out okay.
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This is the first year Ive missed "the hunt". A dozen of us from work caravan from Miami up to Alabama for a 5 day excursion, all the proceeds go to a private school. Due to my ever present rhumatoid/osteo arthritis, Im unable to stalk or climb a tree stand for that matter. I hope all the fella's harvest as usual...I could use the leftover backstrap in my freezer!!

Hopefully, Ill be able to hit the everglade for our bi-annual pig slaying...off full tracks and/or airboats. Nothing more exciting than rolling up on a gaggle of fat, FLORIDA BOARS...just waiting to take a trip to the proccessor!!
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