What's your opinion of the one buck rule?
I say thumbs up.
I say thumbs up.
Im 100 % in favor of this. Iowa I believe allows only bow hunting during their rut. I wasnt really for or against the OBR at first, but after the last couple years i just dont see any difference in the quality of deer. I seen plenty of Bucks this year, and they were all in that 4-6 point range with tiny racks, i seen the same thing last year and i have let all these deer walk both years. Unfortuantely, i have no way of knowing what it was that the hunter on the neigboring property of me was unloading his gun on the opening day of shotgun season, but most likely it was one of these deer that i had let walk all of bow season and he will never see maturity. This happens everywhere. If bigger deer is what this state wants then lets either take gun season out of the rut and allow bow only, or it shorten it. I also support either a spread restriction or a point restriction. I believe any one of these measures are far better off then a one buck rule.Also, I think that we need to move modern firearms season out of the peak rut and/or shorten it.
A BIG yes, I seen more P&y and BC bucks this year than I had seen in the ten years before this combined. If you think you have to kill two deer harvest one of the all too. If you need two deer kill a doe.
Don't get excited Ed I wasn't singling you out just stating my opinion that I think I am still free to do.HunterEd said:
First, it is not a question of "need", although I do feed my family a healthy supply of venison, that is simply a matter of preference. I don't "HAVE" to kill ANY deer.
I do however take does EVERY year , in fact THREE this year. Further, when I do take does I ensure that they are mature does to eliminate the possibility of accidentally taking a button buck. Also, I take them early in the season when it is most beneficial to the herd in general and before they start coming into estrous. I did not even draw or take the safety off on a buck (couldn't even tell you the ones that I let walk!)...unfortunately, I would be willing to bet that the NEXT guy, two ridges over, did not let some of them walk. As the OBR has only been in effect for two years, it is not plausible that it has led to such a dramatic increase in mature bucks and therefore the correlating score.