To understand the reason you have to look at more of the facts than just an increase in the allocations might mean a higher doe harvest and fewer deer being kept over winter.
The first thing everyone needs to understand is that there is only so much food for the deer and anytime you allow the deer population to exceed the winter food supply you are guaranteed to have fewer deer in your future. Maybe even a lot fewer than if you had allowed hunters to harvest a few more, depending on a whole host of environmental conditions we have little to no control over, such as the severity of the next winter or two.
Then you need to look at what the deer harvests and habitat are telling you.
In 2G the buck harvests over the past two years increased 26% over what they had ben during the previous two years. That is an indication that the deer population increased. Then when you look at the antlerless harvests, controlled with allocations, you see that during the past two years the doe harvests declined by 30%. That decline in the doe harvests, due to fewer licenses being allocated, combined with the mild winters we have had the past few years has undoubtedly resulted in an increasing deer population. They need to keep up with that increase, by harvesting a few more deer, or the deer herd will destroy any habitat gains that have been achieved over the past few years and then result in a population crash yet again.
In 2H the buck harvest only increased by 3% over the past two years but the antlerless harvest was reduced by 14% over the same period. But, another factor that shows the deer herd has been increasing is in the fact that the hunter success rate has improved significantly the past couple years. It now takes just slightly over 3 antlerless licenses to harvest a deer instead of the almost 5 it was taking a few years ago. Once again all of the evidence indicates the deer herd is increasing and needs to be kept in check with the marginal habitat or there will be even fewer deer in the future without hunters reaping the benefit of having hunted and harvested them.
In 3A the buck harvest increased 29% while the antlerless harvest was reduced, through lower allocations, by 20%. Clear indications the deer herd has been on the increase. That is further supported with a better hunter success rate in that unit as well.
All of the evidence indicates the Game Commission made the correct decision in increasing the antlerless allocations, and hopefully increasing the doe harvests, in each of those units. That is what will be best for the future of the deer, their food supply and also the hunters, even if some hunters donít understand it.