It saddens me to hear the problems you guys have up there.
PA has an interesting system, but it seems to be working pretty well.
You get 1 buck a year, and it must have 3 points on each side. That has led to some really nice bucks being taken and allows the little guys time to become big guys.
You also have to purchase a permit for each doe, and there is an allocation for each WMU.
These two practices have kept the herd at a healthy level and improved the quality of bucks being taken.
NJ has another interesting concept. Earn a Buck. You have to take a doe before you can take a buck. No limit on does. But after your first buck, you have to take another doe, before you can buy another buck stamp. It helps keep the herd in check, but not a lot of good bucks come out of NJ.
Earn a buck was the beginning of the end in Wisconsin. Run!
Don’t mind the 3 points a side rule. But it’s a struggle to see a deer up north these days and many units are buck only now and have been that way for a few years with very little improvement in deer numbers/sightings.
Called this big ole Tom in to about 30 yards for my buddy this morning. He came gobbling and strutting the whole way. 23lbs almost 12” beard and both spurs about 1.25”. Not bad at all for a Virginia Tom and my friend’s first bird.
Wow, so glad I found this thread. Happy to see other proud hunters on here. Two weeks until opening day here! Just got done doing the yearly check on the Summit. This will be my first year going upland hunting as well. Currently searching around for an over/under, but almost every shop around me is soldout of EVERYTHING.
Today was opening day for an early 3 day black bear firearms season in VA. I had to take the kids to school this morning so we did not get out in a stand until 9am.
Still, I saw several deer, a flock of hen turkeys in bow range, a small bear I let walk, and a momma bear with 2 cubs at 30 yards. Pretty productive for a late start. Starting raining about 4 so we cut out early too.
I've sat a few times since opener on the 19th. Passed on deer I would shoot in November. Biggest deciding factor is the need to process same day this time of year, so if I take something end of day, by the time I field dress, transport and butcher, I'll be at midnight or later, and still have to go to work next day.
Right now, it looks like Wed-Fri is gonna be primetime near me.
Opening day for deer archery is Saturday here. It will be about 40* in the morning with a high around 64*. Not too shabby this time of year. I have seen it in the 90s. Looking forward to a day of just relaxing in the woods!