2 Buck Rule Discussion

Moose

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You should listen to the 'only meat' hunters grumbling that they have less any deer tags. They act like it's the hardest thing in the world to shoot does.
Meathunters only want to shoot bucks because that is where the surplus is in production. Only need a few bucks But the more does you got the greater the production. Who gives a rats azz what kind of bones are on a critters head? ;)
 

QBD2

Old Mossy Horns
Hell we got a 3 buck limit, and limited doe days where I hunt in VA. Buck pops his head out and it’s whac-a-mole time...ain’t no shame in my game...they all eat the same if you know how to cook;)

Stacking ‘em up like cordwood is more fun than watching em(y)
 
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TravisLH

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I think you are wrong. Most of us sit on that tag for that reason. If the buck of a lifetime walks out, to be sure he would be worthy of taxi work. Taxi work is hard to find without that tag number.
Also I know of several on here, myself included that have watched a big buck stroll by since we’d already used our tags. My instance I still had a buck tag (4 tag time) but my club had a 3buck per membership by-law and even though it would have been legal I let a nice 140+ walk.


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Hevi 13. Anson

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I enjoy watching bucks grow and we spend alot of time and money trying to produce a trophy NC deer. With this said if I wasn't lucky enough to have leases with decent genetics this would be impossible.
 

Dan Apple

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I didnt read all the replies so forgive me if some of these points have been beaten to death....

Personally, the 2 buck limit IMO took deer hunting from me as a way of life for 4 months... and changed it to a casual activity that I engage in for about a month most years

before the change, I hunted from opening day of bow season til Jan 1 every chance I had.... with 4 tags it was worth the chance at a "bigun" in bow season by happenstance and still have plenty left for the rut....

For a few years after that I started filling my doe tags with the bow and "saved" my buck tags for the rut when the bucks I wanted to shoot were killable since I could only shoot 2..... and then we started noticing a decline in deer numbers where I was hunting so I quit shooting does.... and consequently bow hunting --because the bucks I want to shoot are usually not killable until the rut, and does are off the table. (see what I did there?)

I can say though that with the central season having 2 buck tags for quite a while now, that I notice the same people that always killed good deer are still the ones that do, and the ones that never did still dont. Some of that is attributable to the land they hunt, and most of it is attributable to how they hunt it.

Last year I think I had 9 "sits".... I'm not complaining, but I do miss having those extra tags to give me more days....
 

perfectroadglide

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I usually have one good buck on the farm that I hunt. This year I have two so those are the only bucks I'll shoot. I have an over abundence of does. If it gets late in the season I try to take the does.
 

Downeast

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The two buck rule should help in reducing the deer herd down the road since it will increase the hunting pressure on does. Since our local deer herd is not what it once was we tend to shoot spikes and yearling does and let the older bucks and does walk. For example one day I had a small 8 point, a big doe, and a spike walk out into the field. I shot the spike.
 

shotgunner

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trying to get me riled??

pet peeve of mine,,,wasting game meat,,,whether deer, SQUIRREL, or anything else,,,,

yes, some things ain't fit to eat,,,but non-invasive species that are edible should not get wasted
I am with you on this. I got out of a club and one of the major contributing factors was the way the cleaned their deer. They only took the back straps and maybe the hams. Rest was left for coyotes. Even if they do not want it there are people in that community that would love that meat.
 

Ol Copper

Ten Pointer
Cant wait to go out and burn all 6 of my tags on doe deer.

With the covid affecting toilet paper, meat and coins I need to stock up in case Trump gets elected again.

Anybody got any loose tp or change laying around you dont need ? 😁
 

DRS

Old Mossy Horns
I agree. And the population was just fine, thriving actually, before the 2 buck limit and
the herd was also healthy.

So why the change? Older deer<—>trophy deer.

Age structure, as it relates to herd health, is irrelevant as long as there are sufficient numbers of sexually mature animals. And deer ain’t gotta be 5.5 to git-r-done(y)
Even the biologist said our herd was in good condition.
 
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DRS

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I have seen no change. I hope it has not changed, as I am actually getting no pics of bucks on one property I usually have plenty and have taken some of my best bucks off of.
 

Tipmoose

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I have always been selective and shot what I wanted. I just never over harvested. I am and was an opponent of the two buck rule. There was no reason for it in the east. We had the best age structure and still do. Not my data the NCWRC's data.
Ive found having OMG BIG BUXSSSSS on my HITLISSSSST....is more dependent on the people doing the hunting than the rules they are forced to follow by the TDM crowd. Kinda like people who are good with money somehow always seem to have a job and enough money, while those who aren't good with it are in line down at the EBT office, or getting repo'd or foreclosed.
 
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