Deer Hunting in Louisiana
Change The Deer Season
Let's eliminate the 'special' seasons.
Hunting seasons should be about herd management, not weapons management. But it seems that too often wildlife management comes in second place to special interest. It all started many years ago when bow hunters (I'm one) lobbied for a special season all to themselves. The retailers loved it - sold a lot of archery equipment. Muzzleloaders weren't far behind. Again retailers loved it. Then we went to 'Primitive' arms (what a joke).
We now have a season limit of three bucks and three does with a tagging system. Bow season starts on October 1st. and ends Jan 31st, so bow hunters get four months to hunt. Primitive season is one week in November and one week in January, so those guys get two weeks to hunt. Modern rifle starts in late November and runs through January, so those hunters get a little over two months to hunt.
With a total of six tags each, why shouldn't ALL hunters get to hunt from 1 Oct to 31 Jan with any weapon they choose? I doubt the overall harvest would change much. The limit could even be changed to two bucks and three does. With the longer season most hunters would be more selective in which two bucks they shoot, allowing more young bucks to move up in age class.
What say ye?