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Take all these facts that will affect our deer herd habitat, bear, cyotes, bob cats and hogs put them all together in one basket. If all these factors are hurting our deer numbers why are people still shooting does? Why is the LDWF still handing out doe tags by the hundreds every year. Do they not know all of this?
Morganza spillway, not good but it has not been good for years. Too much doe shooting.
T bone74 you hit the nail on the head, I totaly agree with you. I will even say our LDWF is a deers worst enemy. I really dont know what these bioligist are thinking, but it sure isn't about a deers best intrest.
I have nothing personally against a bear. What I'm trying to say is we are paying top dollar to deer hunt even though I own the property. When you get in a stand on a cold afternoon you see three or more bear then you slip out of that stand to another. When you get all settled in this spot I see another bear. There is so many bear you get tired of looking at bear and the deer stay spooked. They graze in your food plots like cows, bite holes in your 4 wheeler, tare your camp up, pull limbs down on tree saplings. The LDWF offers no help. It's time for a bear season to help manage the numbers just as they do deer. I even tried to lease my property but the first question people in the area ask is do you have bear.
I know for a fact that insurance companies are complaining constantly to politicians about people hitting deer with vehicles. In return the politicians hammer the LDWF about this. Guess who looses the game the deer. Shoot more does to get more and bigger bucks man what a crock of @%&*. As long as your deer herd is fat and healthy you dont have too many. Yotes and bob cats make their living mostly on rabbits, mice and sick animals. How ever I read in whitetail magazine that the black bear is a fawn eating machine. Hunters stop shooting all your deer for two years and see if it makes a differance.
Way too much doe killing going on. I also think the deer rifle season is too long. Most of the northern states only have a two week firearm season and the majority of that is shotgun. You know we are the ones hunting we dont have to pull the trigger. I dont shoot does and I dont let my kids shoot them niether. I just dont see enough deer to support doe slaughtering in my area.
I hope you guy's don't get over run with bear on your lease. We are knee deep in them in the spillway. A large Bear population makes it extremely hard to deer hunt. You get enough of them you'll find bear in your food plots everyday. You can forget corn, rice brand, or anything else. They will also bite the seat on your 4 wheeler or tear your camp up. You put kid's on a stand it's hard to hunt worrying if a bear will try to climb the tree they are in.
I also work shift work, but I have been married for a lot longer. I had the same problem, my advice is to keep hunting and keep assuring her that you love her. If she truly loves you and can't live without you she'll adjust. I tried to include my wife with hunting and now she hunts as well. At least you are in the woods and not at a bar room.
Great deer, congrats. Very hard to kill a good buck at the end of the season with a bow. It is for me anyway.
I use them in my bolt action.
I can't see how Pointe Coupee's bear numbers is limiting your time in the woods and I also can't ever remember a bear season. However I due remember seeing bear being turned loose in the spillway and the whole area being declared bear habitat. I don't know you, please by all means spend as much time in your woods as you like.
Dont get me wrong I would never break any game laws because I love to hunt too much to lose my privleges. This is still a free country and a person should be able to express his opinion to the LDWF without them wanting to hang you. I just sometimes fell like the LDWF would like to see the deer just go away. They are not doing whats best for the deer herd. We pay the bills it lokks like they would pay attention to the hunters a little more.
Now we have another fawn eating machine. This is the black bear that I dont recall ever being asked if we wanted them. Do some research. A black bear can eat up alot of fawns. Dr. Deer on the outdoor channel wrote a big article on this in whitetail magazine. My entire family and ancesters or from Pointe coupee parish, we came before the civil war and my great grand mother wrote countless stories about my pass family hunts. Never has a bear ever been mentioned. They were brought here from up north somewhere put on our property without permission and now we are stuck with them. With yotes, bob cats, hogs destroying deer habitat and now black bear we really dont need doe season. You dont want to hunt where the bear numbers or high. They keep the deer well spooked and not to mention the black bear is a dangerous animal no matter how much the LDWF down plays it. Whats next lions and tigers.
I hunt in the Morganza spillway. There is a big hunting club around me. The big club is owned by local people who under the advice of the LDWF have all but shot out the deer. This year our season ended early and we were restricted on doe harvest. Dont get me wrong I like this but the reasoning behind it is what I cant draw a beed on. The LDWF says the deer population was hurt do to the opening of the Morganza spillway. If they are worried about the deer population why do they continue to urge this club to shoot one hundred does a year. On top of this the LDWF extended the big clubs season 3 weeks. Thats right they can rifle hunt and shoot does until the end of febuary. I asked one of the club members why was this done. He said it was because the club was DMAP and they paid extra. So I guess the LDWF is selling deer now. Please hunters out there wake up dont buy into this slaughtering of does. Shoot a few, but mass killing of does will not give you more and bigger bucks. If you want trophy bucks then shoot trophy bucks, if you want nice bucks then shoot nice bucks. I know deer move alot at night but camera's dont lie and deer do leave tracks. I am not seeing much of either anymore.
I agree. I have also seen a steady decline in my deer herd over the past 6 years and I credit it to mass amounts of does being harvested. If a person has to shoot a doe thats fine but to slaughter them by the hundreds in the name of management when your herd is fat and healthy is stupid. I dont know why the ldwf insist on this maybe their is a bigger driving force like insurance companies or revnue for the department itself. I do know this if we aren't seeing deer now keep shooting does and it will just get worst. Wake up hunters you know your land and leases better than any bioligist.
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