Did anybody understand the petition?
September 03, 2012 at 8:52am
If I'm reading the posts here, people want the ability to kill unlimited deer (see WRC proposals H19 and H20), will kill does but like to kill bucks. Well, guys, those three things usually don't happen at the same time. The petition, imho, makes a helluva lotta sense because it is about the only chance I see of accomplishing each of these three things at the same time. Why? Well, if buck limits are 1 in the central and west and the overall bag limit remains six deer, that means you can kill 5 does. If the buck limit is 2 in the east sted of 4, that means you still have the right to kill 4 does. And what does that do? Reduces pressure on bucks, kllls more does (which is the ONLY way to control deer populations), and stockpiles bucks somewhat. and we get bigger-racked bucks while nobody's telling you that you can't kill six deer (same as always). Some people talked about wamting to put venison in the freezer. Well, there you go. Rather eat doe than buck venison anytime.
Maybe you don't know that farmers RIGHT NOW are getting depredation permits, gut shooting deer at night in their fields with .22-cal rifles so the deer will run off and the farmers won't have to get their carcasses out of the fiels. On top of that, Wildlife is giving depredation permits for BLACK BEARS and farmers are shooting bears with small caliber rifles. The Wildlife's proposals, coming up for public comment this month, will make THESE TWO THINGS EASIER TO DO -- WHICH IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. If farmers want to cut down on crop deprivation by deer and bear, open up an early archery season or at least have a rule that farmers have to make an effort to contact Hunters for the Hungry, local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc., when they're gonna kill a field full of deer or shoot bears. There's no requirement to use wild game meat shot at night for 'crop deprivation' in these proposals. So if you like the idea of wild game rottin' in fields or off in swamps with a .22 in the belly, please don't attend the public hearings coming up this month.