I notice this quote in McDaniel's article:
George Block, an outdoor columnist for the Washington Observer-Reporter and an official Boone & Crockett scorer, wrote that he has scored fewer big bucks since antler restrictions were implemented eight years ago—to the tune of 31 bucks in 2009 compared to 128 in 2002.
That may be true, but can't anyone ask the right questions?
◘ Were antler restrictions designed to increase the number of B&C bucks? No.
◘ Does one Boone & Crockett scorer's experience mean anything, especially when antler restrictions were never designed to produce more B&C bucks? No.
◘ Isn't it also true that there are more qualified scorers now? I'm just guessing, but I'd bet the answer is yes
◘ What's the average number of racks a B&C scorer measures each year? It certainly isn't 128. That might have been a banner year for Mr. Block.
◘ And were those 128 racks in 2002 all from the most recent season? And all from Pennsylvania? That information isn't given, and those numbers are meaningless anyway without knowing the season in which those bucks were killed.
◘ Mr. Block is a good guy, but he's only one guy. Is his experience typical of all Boone & Crockett scorers? How many B&C scorers have scored more
bucks since the advent of AR? Certainly some have.
◘ Pope & Young standards are much lower and a much more realistic view of what is a mature buck -- so wouldn't P&Y entries better reflect whether antler restrictions have produced more mature bucks. Of course it would, but Mr. McDaniel doesn't mention that.
◘ Are record book bucks a proper measure of what AR has produced? Maybe not. From what I read, it looks to me like the majority of hunters aren't really concerned with being in the record books.
◘ Mr. McDaniel says antler restrictions are "just taking opportunities away from the average hunter." Isn't he really just saying that what AR has taken away is opportunities to shoot immature deer? Are most hunters really in favor of shooting immature deer indiscriminately?
◘ If it's fair to say what AR has taken away, isn't it fair also to say what AR has given?
Just some fair questions.