Petition to NOT Change Early Archery Season Earn-a-Buck Regulations

One of the proposed changes for the upcoming early fall archery season is to make that season antlerless only.   

As a bowhunter in New Jersey, I am against the change in early fall archery season NOT allowing me to harvest a buck after I have harvested my required antlerless deer. I will no longer participate in the early archery season due to this change.  

The main reason a bowhunter endures 90+ degree temperatures is for a chance to harvest a buck that is on his summer pattern or even a velvet buck after they harvest a doe. If you take that away bowhunters will do other activities until fall bow season opens then they will harvest a buck without ever shooting a doe. 

We ask you to drop this change and leave earn a buck in place for the early season.


United Bowhunters of New Jersey




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    chris moser, United States

    2 years ago Comments: Don't cancel buck hunting in Sept. I wont be hunting in that month if I CANT SHOOT A BUCK. And we certainly don't need anymore does killed in zone 17 and 14 as there are not very man left.
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    Mark Hackenberry, United States

    2 years ago Comments: We need to let the early season as is. If a change is made less hunters will harvest less doe.
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    jamie mcquaid, United States

    2 years ago Comments: horrible idea. limit the number of bucks per year to 2 per any weapon, but early bow season is the best time to harvest a mature buck. have taken at least 4 m aturebucks in early season. why should honest hunters be punished because dishonest people are abusing the call in system, that is not appropriate way to punish dishonest people, they will be dishonest anyway, whether or not they have to call in a doe. honest hunters with integrity should not be punished. thanks.
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