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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Lackawanna county, Pa
Re: Some NY Hunting Groups Want AR Statewide.
When ARs were first implemented here in Pa I wasn't really
sure if I would like it or not. I was happy just shooting
any buck I could. After a few years of it I started to
notice that I was seeing more bucks eventhough half of them
were not legal ones. I was also noticing that the bucks
that were coming into our taxidermy shop were much nicer
bucks than what was usually brought in before ARs. Mass is
the main thing that has improved. Most bucks before AR that
came in were decent 8 pointers. After ARs half the bucks
are 10+ pointers and the 8 pointers have bigger mass, tine
length, and spreads than most of the ones before AR. Not
that there wasn't the occasional slammer before AR because
there was but on average the bucks are bigger after it.
I am not a trophy hunter and still shoot the first legal
buck I can and am happy whether it's got 5 points or 10
points. I do like ARs and hope they stay the way they are
but honestly wouldn't care if we went back to no ARs. I am
a deer hunter and I enjoy the hunt as much as the harvest
no matter how big or small the deer may be.
I do think that the hunting shows have created an antler
craze that has made people think antler size is all that
matters. For the average hunter especially young hunters
these shows create an unrealistic expectation. When they
don't see a bunch of deer everytime out and rarely if ever
see a big buck they get disappointed and quit. Sadly for
some youths it's easier and more fun to stay home and play
a hunting video game where they can blast big animal after
big animal for a "high score". For these kids real hunting
is just never gonna cut it for them. Technology has ruined
this generation. Instant gratification is what they want
and when they don't get it they whine and give up.
I'd rather be fishing or hunting!
Youth Chairman of Chapter 803 PF, NEPA.