We were on the south eastern unit this year, poor poor deer numbers. The deer
that were taken made me sick, Babies!!! One in particular that was no bigger
than a lab dog. This taken by someone driving a 40 thousand dollar truck. I dont
think they needed the meat. Hunters, it is time we stand together. The DWR will
never shut down the hunt to re-populate the heard. To much money would be lost.
WE need to go to a 3 point or better state wide. Give the bucks a chance to grow
a little. DWR officials will say the 3 point or better wont work, Bull !! it
worked years ago, I hunted the fishlake area on horse back and never saw dead 2
points laying every where like they would like you to believe. The hunting will
never get better in this state for our kids and grandkids if you all dont make a
stink, and I mean a big one. The DWR officers will agree, they just dont dare
say anything to the uppers on the subject. We need some changes soon, the new
hunting units wont help the heards.
Warm weather does not account for the fact that there are less than 300 thousand
deer here when just 25 years ago there used to be 1.5 million. In
fact the ones that are still around are purposely sticking close to roads and
civilization to avoid predators.Fact is that the deer population has
been in trouble for quite some time now but people are in denial cause they
occasionally catch eating out of their garbage cans.Come see me if
the cold weather makes you have to stop and wait 5 minutes for the whole herd to
cross, maybe then I'll eat crow cause there certainly isn't any deer to eat.
deer are fine it's the weather that's keeping them out of sight. Wait until
November they'll be all over the place.
I hate this. I think the DWR could make better use of their time and our money.
Actually go out and talk to hunters and check tags. Instead they use entrapment.
It's like putting a 100 dollar bill on your porch and when you go to grab it I
jump out and scream "Thief" now I get your wallet.There's
better ways to manage wildlife and have hunters like your efforts at the end of
the day. Don't play off of peoples emotions... and no I've never been poaching
or know anyone who has done it either, I just don't agree with this method.
I wonder if this will actually hold up in the court of law. These men didn't
actually kill a deer and can't actually be charged for kill one.@DUBBLEDUB Just 15 years we would see hundreds of deer driving out to my
grandparent's place in Eastern Utah and would sometimes have to stop and wait
for the herd to cross the road. Now I can make the same trip several times
without seeing one. If you think deer numbers are not down, you're crazy. Fact
is, deer in Utah are flirting with extinction.We'll need to do more
than stop hunting them to turn things around. We need to control the predators
as well. And keep a close eye on Bountiful and make sure they don't randomly
hire a sharp shooter to take them out again.
Does the word "Entrapment" come to mind?
You don't need to close the deer hunt for any years. And BTW, the numbers aren't
that bad. As a resident, I hunted northern Utah for 16 years, moved away for 12,
and came back this year to help my friend fill his tag. The deer numbers were at
least as good as I ever remembered. Just as many hunters, just as many shots
heard, just as many deer in camps. For the record, if you want to boost herd
numbers, point restrictions will do just fine without closing seasons - at all.
Herd numbers rebound so fast that by closing seasons, they'll reproduce at such
a rate that by winter deer are so populous that none have enough to eat, nearly
starving the entire herd. Just manage the numbers you've got and leave the
Jeez, the pure lack of decent deer numbers in this state, who can fault a guy
for wanting to get a shot off? Just kidding of course, but if things don't
change, we all might be hunting "robodeer" because that's all there
will be. Close the deer hunt for 5 years and then make it 3 point or better in