The year AR was implemented I had a conversation with a taxidermist friend of mine. He said that it would probably help his business but getting a "big buck" won't be as challenging as it used to be because there would be a lot more of them.
I agreed with him at the time but boy has my opinion (and his) changed over the last few years. He said his business in trophy bucks improved maybe just a little bit.
My conclusion based on first hand experience is that these young bucks that would normally get shot off in years past make it through just ONE hunting season and become "educated" and wise to the ways of hunters and become very difficult to hunt.
The biggest frustration for me is that I usually don't have enough time to be absolutely sure that a buck is legal even though sometimes I am pretty sure he is.
You can't shoot a buck just because he looks like a wall hanger for sure. About the 2nd year of AR a hunter shot a huge 4 point up in Elk County and had to turn himself in because of the point system.
This happens not only in the thicker wood lots down home but even in the big woods where the terrain is more open .
My son saw 4 bucks on the last Saturday of rifle and thought that one of them "might" have been legal but the buck didn't hang around long enough for him to be sure.
This trying to judge a head long enough to be sure he is legal has happened every year since AR began. Maybe I shouldn't be cryin about it because it actually increases my time in the woods and probably makes me a better hunter but it sure is frustrating