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For the past two seasons, deer hunters in 29 northern & central Missouri counties could only take a buck with at least four antler points on one side of its rack. The regulation attempts to shift harvest pressure from bucks to doe's, to better manage the state's herd and to improve the quality of future deer populations. Now, some hunters are interested in expanding the regulation to other parts of Missouri.

The pilot antler-point restriction program was designed to operate for 3-5 years, for a meaningful evaluation of the impacts to deer numbers and hunter satisfaction. Bioligists assessing the program are equally concerned about opinions of hunters and landowners, as they are about harvest data from recent seasons.

Because of increasing interest in antler restrictions, a series of public meetings was held to measure public desire for expanding the program in a group of Missouri's southeastern counties (Bollinger, Cape Giradeau, Madison, Perry, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Stoddard, Wayne), and west-central counties (Bates, Benton, Cedar, Hickory, St. Clair, Vernon). Additionally, county results from a 2004 mail survey to landowners, archers & firearm hunters were reviewed.

Due to concerns over smaller deer densities in southern parts of the state, it appears public opposition to a 4-point restriction grows as one moves south & southeast. The restriction was viewed by many as a reduction in the opportunity to harvest a deer.

In west-central Missouri, deer densities are higher and respondents have greater opportunities to harvest a deer. Yet, residents in west-central expressed higher levels of concern over expansion into their counties than hunters in the 29 pilot program counties.

Based upon public response, and the need for a more thorough evaluations of implications of a 4-point restriction, the Conservation Commision voted to continue the existing pilot study in northern & central Missouri through the 2006 season. Data about deer harvests and hunter's attitudes will then be reviewed for 2007 deer seasons, to determine if antler restrictions can produce higher quality deer populations elsewhere.
 

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Always a heated topic amongst the hunters.:)
 

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I see that they are still being dishonest and claiming that the main reason for the antler restrictions is to encourage the taking of more does. Of course, it has nothing to to with TDM and increasing the trophy deer in Missouri. Liars.

"The regulation attempts to shift harvest pressure from bucks to doe's, to better manage the state's herd and to improve the quality of future deer populations. "

Here's how that should be written:

The regulation attempts to increase the number of trophy bucks seen and harvested in Missouri and also hopes to shift harvest pressure from bucks to does.

Now that would be an honest, and accurate statement.
 

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I was going to post a somewhat nasty relpy...waste of my time...:whinging:
 

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As I remember, we beat the living daylights out of this topic back last fall.

That being said, beings that there are several new members now and the MDC keeps publishing this stuff, there's always room for more debate!

Nevertheless, :horse:

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