What if they move it to Saturday and Sunday hunting is opened? What if rifle season suddenly had 2 more days? Those greedy archers got all that time, it's time the rifle guys get more, right? And it's moving the start date earlier, which is what EEEEEEEEEEEEEVERYONE wants, because everyone wants to hunt with their chosen weapon in the middle of November. That's really what the factions of deer hunters usually fight about.
Archers want to keep their time then.
Muzzleloader advocates want in on it.
Rifle hunters feel like they get the short end of the stick because they don't get to hunt till after that time (which was by design when we had a million hunters kicking bushes....that couldn't happen during the rut).
So....this would start inching rifle hunting (and, by the way, that opens it up for muzzleloaders, too) closer to the ever-coveted middle of November.
What if, gasp, hunters don't increase participation on Saturday? Why, that means we didn't also increase the harvest, right? That means...drum roll.....the BOC could actually consider opening rifle season the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving. Imagine that for a moment. Imagine if, as the detractors for the Saturday opener predict, no increased participation happens. The horror....but it means then that rifle can expand MORE.
Imagine a 3 week rifle season for a moment. Imagine a tradition of going hunting on Thanksgiving morning. Imagine Black Friday being about dragging deer and not dragging shopping bags around.
I can't help but think offering rifle hunters more time on the back end of the season would be a hollow gesture to most....participation by the middle of the season is nill in 5C where I hunt most years. Add a week....yeah, people will hunt, but the ones who gave up by the 2nd Saturday will still have given up.
Everyone wants more time closer to mid-November. This creeps rifle season in that direction. It could lead to that creep going further in the direction I would think most would want it to go.
I'm a bow, rifle, and flintlock hunter. I don't care really if you tell me I can start earlier with a rifle, because I'm already hunting then with a bow. You're just giving me longer reach earlier. Cool.
But if folks want more rifle hunting season to exist, this is the direction most I'd think would want it to go (earlier), and you won't get a week or so at a clip. You get a couple days because rifle season is high impact.
Yes, it changes a long standing opening day.
You can't get improvements without change. You can't get more time without change. You can't take time from the archers (isn't that EVERYONE'S goal????
) without pushing the rifle opener earlier.