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Stop PA Antler Restriction and Extended Doe Seasons

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Do you remember the late 70's and 80's when you could go out hunting with your family and see 20-30 deer a day? What Happened? Now you can hunt for days at a time and you may see a deer. The PA Game Commission extended Doe Season and Point Restrictions have been taking a toll on our hunting heritage. The Commission contends that a point restriction in selected areas will cause the deer antlers to become larger over time due to the deer living longer and thus breeding to carry on the large buck generation. As it stands, you may only shoot a buck with 3 to 4 points on one side of the rack depending on what management area you are hunting in. During early archery season hunters are seeing more and more small bucks with no brow tines. These bucks will reproduce and their young if male will also not have brow tines. "Genetics" If you have a season that hunters are to shoot all the larger bucks in the woods; which bucks are breeding? The smaller bucks are breeding and that's why you see more smaller bucks in the woods than larger bucks. "One hunters trophy is not always the same as the other hunters trophy". Most hunters are happy to shoot a 4 point or 6 point and thus the larger buck is not hunted, giving him more of a chance to breed. "The other problem for the larger buck is to find a doe to breed with" This in conjunction with extended doe season hunting is killing off the herds. For many years the PA Game Commission has been issuing doe tags in excess. The herds are being wiped out but this is a good thing for the big Automobile Insurance Companies. We need the three day Doe Season back to rebuild our PA herd. If the madness will not stop, our hunting heritage will die off in this state and more of our children will seek other interests rather than walking in the woods all day and not seeing a deer. We want the PA Game Commission to allow our deer herd to rebound and come back as it was years ago. Our families have enjoyed the sport of deer hunting and it now is being threatened within our State. If you agree to have the Point Restriction and Extended Doe Season to stop in Pennsylvania please sign the petition.


John Michalak Pennsylvania Hunter


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