Alright guys and gals. I wanna throw some ideas out there for everyone to hash and bash. TO make this very clear from the beginning I hunt all my deer for 20+ yrs on gamelands in Tioga CO. Not a private 1000 acre piece in Lancaster Co or elsewhere.
To fix most of the "problems" we percieve in PA there needs to be a major change in how we hunt deer. I think--for now anyway-- this is how it should be done.
1) If you want to shoot a buck you need to shoot a doe in the same WMU first. Yank the 2 front teeth out and mail them in with your report card. Then your buck tag will be issued. 4 pts on one side statewide. Juniors and Seniors and A.F. excepted.
2) No shooting ANY does after whatever the PGC wants to call the first week PRIOR to the rut.
3) Add $10 to the GL fee. ALL this money would go for habitat improvements on Gamelands and PALP lands. No admin fees, PGC billboards, new roadkill carriers, studies of bog turtles etc... What I am specifically thinking is getting prescribed burns done in the forests, exclosures in some of these areas, maybe even lime in the easier accesible places since all the acid rain guys seem to think that is the problem and lime can't ever hurt in our situation. I'm talking low input cost/ high return/ more sweat and physical work than usual. I know you PGC folks out there work hard but a majority of it is on the enforcement and academic side. The total number of food and cover personel is very low considering the amount of ground they mangage.
4) NO FOOD PLOTS. Input and maintenece costs are too high for the return we get. Those are in my opinion a total waste of our G.L. money. I'd be o.k. with SOME road building to allow access so it could be timbered more cost effectively. This is NOT a trophy management thing either. A honest trophy hunting program doesn't let you shoot bucks less than 4.5 years old. As a state we got a ways to go before that would be a problem.
Go ahead-- pick this apart. I'm hoping something constructive will come out of this thread that can be taken to PGC meeting.
Anyone that feels they need to make personal attacks on ANYONE please keep your fingers off the keyboard. You are not welcome. I know we ain't all gonna agree but play nice please!
While we're at it, I've noticed lots of folks complaining in other threads about no changes in 10 years, decimated deer herds etc... For all of you---what in your mind is an appropriate timeline to expect to see the changes YOU want to see?
I have volunteered at lot of MY time and will continue to do so on Game Lands building brushpiles, setting up and taking down exclosures, cutting fencerows etc. I think the PGC should open more of these opportunities up to us G.L. holders in some manner too. I strongly feel if you got time to complain then you also got time to help fix the problem if the avenue to do so is available and I also feel that not everyone is aware of how to get involved with these type of projects on public lands. Joining a PF, NWTF, RGS etc... chapter is a great place start but there should be others.
Let it fly!!