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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: State College, PA
Re: No doe week?
4D, I'm not seeing any increase in deer on public SGL's thru turkey seasons, archery.....nor private ground I've been hunting in spring/fall turkey, nor rifle deer w/ the camp guys. Overall deer numbers seem down in both, less bucks being seen but interestingly success rate is still about the same this yr out at camp thus far.
I agree w/ others, I think PGC went way overboard on does but still very much a fan of antler restrictions, but w/ time I think numbers will improve if they keep shortened doe seasons but I'd like to see them also slash doe tags in half, minimum. I frankly wouldn't be opposed to no doe hunting for 1-2 yrs. Amazingly they increased the # of tags this yr which was major dissapointment for me.
I know there's deer still around, big thing that effected deer sightings for me this yr was lack of acorns and the posted grounds around crops that they were holing up in. I'm sure that's true a problem for many this season in PA, but I still think there's way less deer than there could/should be in general.
I live to hunt....and hunt to live!