Area 6 Changes
March 08, 2010 at 1:56pm
I hunt south of Ramah, outside the basin and have done so for over 35 years. Mostly, I hunt deer, using compound bow, primitive weapon, and rifle. In my experience, the per-rut act. starts after Christmas with peak of the first rut the 2nd week of Jan. Therefore, I see no reason to change the current deer hunting season in Area 6. If you haven't harvest that big buck (no one cares about the does at this time of the year)by the end of January, then he deserves to live another day. You had 4 monthes to outsmart him.
Also, Area 6 was given the Feb. 1-15 bow season to make up for the taking away of 2 weeks of either sex bow hunting Oct. 1-15. Now it is being proposed to place primitive weapons season on top of the bowhunters Feb. 1- 15. You just as soon do away with the Feb. 1 -15 bow season, if you are going to allow (RIFLES) primitive weapon hunters in the woods at the same time. I have hunted this late bow season the last 3 years and have not seen that elusive 2nd rut in Feb. However, I have seen alot of educated deer that are way to smart to come into bow range.
As for as extending the primitive weapons season into Feb, give me a break, the modern firearms being used in this season are not primitive. They shot modern cartridges at extented distances (up to 250 yards) with extreme precision. This would be nothing more than allowing gun hunting into mid. Feb. Again, I repeat, give the deer a break. So what if they breed in Feb. or March. You had 4 monthes to harvest a deer, let them have a little peace.
You can also expect the number of small game hunters (rabbits and squirrel) to decrease. Most rabbit hunter are only allowed to run their dogs after deer gun season is closed, which in our area is at the end of January. Who is going to keep dogs and feed dogs all year long, in order to hunt for 2 weeks Feb. 14-28. Be realistic, most people pay big club dues to deer hunt, not to rabbit hunt. So the rabbit hunters will get the short end of the deal. We need to be increasing small game hunting, not reducing oppertunities. Remember, most kids (use to be) are introduced to hunting throught squirrel and rabbit hunts.
"Biologist were asked to provide ways to allow hunters to hunt through mid Feb. becasue of concerns of the 2nd rut being missed". I thought "BOW HUNTING" Feb. 1- 15 was deer hunting. Pick up a bow and go hunting, problem solved.
Lastly, the bucks in Area 6 start lossing their antlers in late Feb. How would you feel if you shot a deer think it was a doe, and it ending up being a 2.5 0r 3.5 year old buck. It would make me sick, also, what deer tag would you use on it, antlerless.
Don't get me wrong, I live for deer hunting and welcome everyone. There is enough room for all hunters. But in my opinion, we don't need to hunt every rut, to have a successful deer season. For me, but the end of Jan. I am burnt out on deer hunting and ready to rabbit hunt or start fishing.
Just my humble opinion.