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PostSubject: Antler Restrictions Pros and Cons???   Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:33 pm

Antler restrictions pros and cons?

Well, here is a topic hunters feel strongly about on both sides of the argument.

Antler restrictions or the thirteen inch rule can be looked at two ways either as a state enforced county specific hunting restriction, or an intelligent attempt by the state to improve the trophy quality of white tail deer in areas that for the most part did not compete against other parts of the state.

In talking with hunters on this subject I have found that they seem to be evenly divided on their opinions. Witch to be honest with you does not surprise me at all.

We are Americans and growing up in a free society makes us inherently allergic to governmental restrictions. At the same time we are hunters and understand the importance of wild life management.
As far as I can tell from the hunters I’ve talked to in the “restricted” areas is that the antler quality and the age group ratio have improved quite well in many of the areas under the thirteen inch rule.

In the long term I believe that this could potentially improve the overall quality of not only trophy animals but entire herds.

Taken further it is possible to project that an overall improvement of a certain areas trophy potential could easily translate into an upswing of revenue for that area drawing trophy hunters from other areas of the state.

The other side of that I think will be that local hunters of an “improved area” would surely have to pay higher prices to hunt their local leases once popularity and demand sets in.

If the state of Texas grand design is to increase the trophy quality and balance Age Ratios on a state wide basis the surely they know this will make Texas a more sought after hunting destination ( than it already is)in turn bringing a lot more out of state money into our economy.
This would be good for the state of Texas. Although I am afraid it might not be good for the Texans living and hunting in the state.
Honestly gentleman after all the talking and writing about this situation I am still on the fence. After weighing the pros and cons my scale seems to still be balanced. What do y’all think???

Jeff Jeter
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PostSubject: Re: Antler Restrictions Pros and Cons???   Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Antler Restrictions Pros and Cons???   Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:20 pm

Honestly, I don't eat horns,antlers ect,,If I am hungry, its going down, of course,we have to respect the wishes of the land owners and state and government. Things are put in place for a reason weather we agree or not.

I do believe in protecting the genes. We do need to keep some of the stronger bloodline out there to develop and keep a heathy population in my opinion. If we shoot all the top bloodline and do not take others less heathy weaker deer, well, thats all we will have left, and it could put the population at risk. If there is ever a problem, only the strongest will survive, so yes we need to make sure there are some of them around to carry on and reproduce right.

I do believe some folks can be to %$%%^ when it comes to this, I mean yes, they raise trophy deer and I am sure this isn't cheap and they have to get the money some where for the time ,effort and the cost of feed and supplements I guess.

anyway,just rambling along here.. So yea, I can honestly say I am on the fence also on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Antler Restrictions Pros and Cons???   Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:32 pm

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I completly get where you are comeing from. I am a meat hunter the same as you, at the same time I realize
that topics such as this should be important to all hunters. Any regulations or rules put on us by state or
federal entitys effect us all and if we dont watch closely and question our leaders than when things go sour
we can look in the mirror to see whos at fault. Like you I am a reasonable man and see both sides of
this topic and can not figure out a side to choose. Thanks for your thoughts

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PostSubject: Re: Antler Restrictions Pros and Cons???   Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:09 pm

Hunt to eat wrote:
Honestly, I don't eat horns,antlers ect,,If I am hungry, its going down, of course,we have to respect the wishes of the land owners and state and government. Things are put in place for a reason weather we agree or not.

I do believe in protecting the genes. We do need to keep some of the stronger bloodline out there to develop and keep a heathy population in my opinion. If we shoot all the top bloodline and do not take others less heathy weaker deer, well, thats all we will have left, and it could put the population at risk. If there is ever a problem, only the strongest will survive, so yes we need to make sure there are some of them around to carry on and reproduce right.

I do believe some folks can be to %$%%^ when it comes to this, I mean yes, they raise trophy deer and I am sure this isn't cheap and they have to get the money some where for the time ,effort and the cost of feed and supplements I guess.

anyway,just rambling along here.. So yea, I can honestly say I am on the fence also on this one.


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