All those tags and the antlerless harvest was still down 13.5% during the 9 day gun season in Shawano County.
The numbers just don’t add up for record high deer numbers.
Dan, I read most of this thread but I didn't hear you mention anything about CWD. I'm just curious, do you think the large amount of doe tags given out are all in the name of CWD? I live in a CWD "hot zone" here in PA and times are getting to be just as bad here. We had the largest drop off of hunters from 2017 to 2018 (about 26,000 just adult licenses) and I think it's all related to guys being fed up that they're just not seeing deer and frustrated at how many tags are being given out in the last few years. Now I'm reading about how the game commission wants to give out a second buck tag in PA AND increase doe tags AND lift antler restrictions in our area AND continue sharp shooting. Its only going to further upset the masses of hunters. This CWD is a real shame and i don't think its even the disease that hurts the population, its just the game commission's poor way of managing it.. I personally am not worried about the disease ruining the herd but I am worried the game commission is going to take the population down to a point where the majority of hunters just give up and I hate to see that happen.