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post #121 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 05:42 PM
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i find it amusing that some people use the argument about young bucks being involved in the breeding but where is the outcry for the young females. figured somebody had to post this site seems dead anymore
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post #122 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 08:11 AM
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i find it amusing that some people use the argument about young bucks being involved in the breeding but where is the outcry for the young females. figured somebody had to post this site seems dead anymore
What argument or outcry are the referring to?

Everyone should know that 1.5 year old bucks breed in PA.
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post #123 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 08:11 PM
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many on here use the stress placed on young bucks as an argument for ARs but i have never seen anyone post about the stress placed on young females. gary alt evan said that with a healthier herd fawn females would be more apt to reach breeding weight their 1st season. where is the outcry about the stress on a pregnant yearling.
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post #124 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 07:43 AM
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Fawns are 6 months old during the rut.
Yearlings are 18 months old during the rut.

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post #125 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 06:23 PM
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thats the point. if a fawn reaches breeding weight they could be bred at 6 months and even at 18 months nobody is worried about does breeding but a 18 month old buck oh the horror.
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post #126 of 128 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 10:36 AM
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In New York's hunting and trapping digest (page 20) it states ....."Reducing harvest of young bucks is an unmistakable trend in NY and nationally. In 2015, about 48% of adult bucks harvested in NY (excluding areas with mandatory antler restrictions) were 2.5 years old or older."


This was accomplished by allowing voluntary restraint. Instead of a mandatory restriction, it relied on education....which their digest has provided.


The yearling portion of NY buck harvested (voluntary restraint) dropped from a little over 70% in 1995 to just above 50% in 2015.
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post #127 of 128 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 11:29 AM
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I think the combination of mandatory and voluntary restraint is part of the reason we had a 59% 2.5 or better buck harvest last yr.
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In my opinion AR is one of the few things the PGC got right in recent years.

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