But okay, I'll play along anyway. If we look at those same numbers. And again this is PGC info from the whitetailed deer page, we find that:
1.) The fawn to doe ratio is declining in 2D.
2.) The buck harvest in 2D has increased by 3,299 animals in the past 4 years. As we know buck harvest is one of the leading indicators of herd size in any given unit.
3.) There has been an increase in the doe harvest each of the past three years in 2D with similar antlerless license allocations. Again indicative of a growing herd.
4.) The deer population estimate in 2D has gone from 110,000 to 140,000 over the past 4 years.
All of this has come about as a result of those decreased license allocations by the BOC that I mentioned. Even last year, a higher allocation was recommended but the BOC went with the lower number of 55,000.
I didn't pull my response out of my rear end either. And the PGC's own printed numbers back up my assertion of a growing herd.
Nobody should be surprised in the least by an increased allocation in unit 2D. And nobody who hunts 2D should have the least amount of trouble finding deer to harvest, even after this allocation. Heck, we are pretty much at pre-HR deer populations in 2D right now. An increase of 8,000 tags is a joke to get upset about.