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Antler Restrictions?


walterman

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What are everyone thoughts on antler restrictions? Do you think they would? Or...earn a buck, being shoot a doe before you can shoot a buck. To me, using these principles would benefit the deer population and people may see bigger bucks.

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Earn a Buck and make the gun season a week or so later, with the season the way it is it would easy to shot the doe first and then the buck as he will be right behind her!!

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I think that if the state would set up some funding so that hunters could drop a whole deer off at a processor and the meat go to a food shelf that more does would be taken. I know that I would shoot and extra deer(you could make in mandatory that it be does) if I did not have to shoulder the costs. It would look great for us hunters ( postive press for us)..the food shelves or shelters would love to have fresh meat to use... and we could get a more balanced deer herd and not change the regs at all ... The group I hunt with would do this in a heartbeat !!! And it benefits all!!!

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I think that antler restrictions would help people to see more and harvest more record book bucks. We are currently only shooting over a 6 or a average doe at our property. The state should make restrictions to build our reputation as a big buck state. I think anybody who would shoot a spiker is just a meat hunter. We hunt for meat but when you want meat does make a good substitute for small bucks. Antler restrictions are the way to go.

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When I first moved to Alaska in 1989, you could shoot any bull moose. At that time, you didn't see many big bulls taken. Then they implemented an antler restriction where you could only shoot a spike or a 50" bull with three brow tines. After about three years, I started to see more big bulls and lots in that protected slot. I personally think Minnesota should move the season a little later and protect more bucks so they can reach their potential. I am fine with shooting does for meat. I don't think anyone would argue that a slot has worked well for walleyes, why not for whitetails?

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