So this is the 3rd split season in my area 4C/3D I think. Those that have had it longer, are you seeing more deer?
Likei live out of state so don't get to hunt doe in 4d since I can only stay down for the first day and maybe a few hours on tuesday.
I'm only 28 so only got to tag along when it was 2 weeks of buck and 3 days of doe, but think that the current split season is a nice compromise.
not a lot of shooting where I was the first morning but it was nice being in the woods, saw a few bucks one may have been legal but metal on the sling smacked the gun stock when I grabbed my rifle from beside me so he was alert and I couldn't get the binos on him to count. had one group of 5 doe come within 30 yards of me 3 different times.
so although I don't get to hunt doe, I like the extended season. gives my dad more incentive to go out with the camp and spend more time in the woods. I also like that bear season runs with some of deer season in some units, dad & the guys at camp have hunted some different areas than they normally would because of that opportunity.
so in the end: inconvenient, but a lot more convenient than it used to be and gives more incentives to hunt a bit more/different
Still very hard for non-res to get a 2F tag....there's usually only a handful left, if any, when they can apply. That's another reason I DMAP'd....My best friend moved to Ohio 15 years ago and I can guarantee him a tag for our property.I hunt 5B and 2F.
5B is still concurrent and where I am able to hunt on public land, the deer population is poor and makes me wish they would reduce the number of doe tags for the unit.
I hunt the big woods section of 2F and since they split the seasons we may be seeing few more deer but not a significant increase. I do believe when they split the season they increased doe tag allocations 20% to yield a similar harvest number as with concurrent seasons. I wasn't able to get to 2F this year for the opener buy my dad says hunter numbers are way down. Only a few cars in the parking areas and come Saturday there wont be a major influx of hunters. Last year we hunted first Saturday - Tuesday and we probably saw a handful of hunters driving in the truck or in the woods. Its really not what it used to be lots of empty parking areas, empty camps, and bare meat poles.
As someone said prior I would rather the PGC manage the harvest by lowering tag allocations than changing the seasons. For awhile when I lived out of state I couldn't get a doe tag for 2F on the first NR draw. Now I think everyone gets a tag that wants one on the first draw resident or NR.
Still very hard for non-res to get a 2F tag....there's usually only a handful left, if any, when they can apply. That's another reason I DMAP'd....My best friend moved to Ohio 15 years ago and I can guarantee him a tag for our property.