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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Shorter "doe" season WMUs

Has there been a drop in the antlerless harvest in those WMUs compared to before the reduced season was enacted?
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

There has to be. Sure you will now have archer's more apt to take Doe because of less time to do so in rifle. Same applies to early muzzy. So my thoughts are that you will see increased Doe harvest for those weapons, and a decrease for rifle.

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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

From observations my answer would be yes, but to different degree's depending on WMU. In WMU's where the majority of hunting is done from camps it reduces the harvest a HUGE amount. Many people only hunt the first day or 2. In areas where more people reside year round it wont have as much effect, but still some
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

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In WMU's where the majority of hunting is done from camps it reduces the harvest a HUGE amount. Many people only hunt the first day or 2. In areas where more people reside year round it wont have as much effect, but still some
Yeah, I agree with that too.

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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

On average, 20%, when allocations were kept the same.



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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

Yep, what he said - 20%.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

Thank you
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

That is true, about the 20%, but in most of the WMU's that were shorteed to one week antlerless, the doe licenses were increased to make up for the shorter season. The PGC is expecting the harvest to be about the same, as last year, in the areas that they want to keep the herd stable.
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

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That is true, about the 20%, but in most of the WMU's that were shorteed to one week antlerless, the doe licenses were increased to make up for the shorter season. The PGC is expecting the harvest to be about the same, as last year, in the areas that they want to keep the herd stable.
Exactly right.
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Re: Shorter "doe" season WMUs

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That is true, about the 20%, but in most of the WMU's that were shorteed to one week antlerless, the doe licenses were increased to make up for the shorter season. The PGC is expecting the harvest to be about the same, as last year, in the areas that they want to keep the herd stable.
Allowing some hunters to see the doe's running around for the first week gives them a warm & fuzzy feeling.

Bottom line is that the doe's get whack anyway...one week later.
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