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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Centre County, PA
Re: PA: Long-Time B&C Scorer Reports Fewer Big Bucks
I can believe it and here is why. Its kind of a high grading thing if you ask me. The problem is, we have so many hunters, so many that are disgruntled on top of that we are killing the best bucks with the best genetics more frequently.
MY OPINION... when guys were able to shoot the first legal buck with 3" of horn, they shot it and went home happy. What this meant was the genetic superior AR legal buck had a better chance to live to a longer age because guys hunted less.
Sure, population can be controlled by tag allocations but when you force guys to hunt harder to kill a buck not many are making it past 2.5, 3.5 years old tops.
We dont have the security cover that some other states(Wisconsin Swamps) to maintain a harvest of better bucks and grow the age classes. They have no ARs, they had EAB and slammed the doe's and they are shooting some giants.
A 160" deer in PA is a rare animal outside of places like Allegheny county. Whats the reason? Sanctuary!
Im a hunter that has evolved in what I want to see. I wanna hunt a 5.5 year old buck, not so much cause of the horns, but because its a different animal than a 2.5 year old.
As a person who wants to shoot older bucks, I dont agree with AR, sounds weird Im sure.
What I say might not be the popular trend but at least Im not afraid to speak my mind!