- Dec 26, 2004
The fact is the deer population has continued to grow. Seasons get extended or expanded because the herd needs more taken. It’s why we can kill does now. It’s why we still don’t have the two, three day split seasons for gun. It’s why bow hunting is allowed in September and January. It’s why crossbow allowed more.It’s not about that. The point of archery season being so long is because it is harder to harvest with a bow as you make it easier with technology and the success rates go up you will have to to shorten the season. Technology is simply replacing woodsman ship. I’m all for folks doing what makes them happy but I feel that if you have to set limitations on equipment or eventually they will have to shorten the season.
132,000 were killed last year and 12,200 were with a crossbow. Not exactly devastating the herd.
So if the herd needs more control why not give people more opportunities? The only thing it seems to hurt is feelings. The deer don’t just belong to certain people. Seasons aren’t exclusive to just those that are self proclaimed “diehards”. It belongs to everyone that has a license or a property owner that wants to enjoy their time how they see fit. The truth be told. We could give gun hunters another week and completely end all archery seasons because it doesn’t do that much to control the population. All it’s does is give us all more time to do what we love. And that’s a good thing.