I read an article about a survey similar to this that was done by pgc. Here is a paragraph showing the authors summary:
"• Three of four hunters said the number of bucks they saw in 2010-11 was too low for them to be satisfied.
• Although 61 percent of hunters said they support the current antler restrictions, only 36 percent said they were satisfied with the quality of the bucks they saw, versus 38 percent who were dissatisfied.
• A total of 61 percent of respondents said they weren't satisfied with the number of does they saw.
• In the areas where they hunt, 66 percent of respondents said the deer population is too low, 31 percent said it's "about right" and 3 percent said it's too high.
• In rating the 2010-11 deer hunting season, 37 percent said they were satisfied, 24 percent said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and 40 percent said they were dissatisfied.
• On deer management, 75 percent agreed herds should be managed for healthy, sustainable forests, and 88 percent agreed they should be managed for a healthy, sustainable deer population.
nWhen asked if they would accept lower deer numbers to improve forest habitat, 27 percent agreed, 32 percent remained neutral and 37 percent disagreed.
nWhen asked if they would accept lower deer numbers to improve deer health, 29 percent agreed, 32 percent remained neutral and 36 percent disagreed.
Now that the survey report is out, it's hard to conclude anything other than — when it comes to deer — support for the Game Commission from its customer base is pretty weak.