This. Most hunters don't want to hunt in the rain. It rained roughly 2/3 of the weekends during deer season (data based off my area of NW NC, but I am betting it's similar throughout state). Bad weather, then throw in some flooding, which not only keeps people from hunting, but alters deer travel patterns as well, and you have all the makings of a "bad season."One word: Weather.
Next year there will be probably be a bumper crop.
This season was the worst weather year I can remember. Hot as balls all the way up to mid-October, hurricanes, and flooding rains every week in December. November was decent, but the rest was terrible.
Be curious to hear your definition of a redneckWe need a reduction in rednecks. The deer herd is down but nobody is willing to slack up on blasting everything that sticks its head out. Until these people start paying attention to management strategies, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
I agree with this. In general conversations I heard several people say they were going to manage their herd as they have always done. Even read that on here I think. I really do not think the 2 buck limit had much impact on harvest. Your "outlaw" hunters, be they rednecks or not, are going to shoot whatever they choose. I truly feel most guys that were hunting by their tags were already pretty selective in what they shot. I don't ever remember talking to a hunter that simply had the goal to fill whatever tags the state gave them. It is unfortunate but most hunters either shoot whatever they want or are selective by choice, not by law. Martin Luther King Jr. summed it up "Morality can not be legislated, but behavior can be regulated......". At this point in time our regulators "game wardens" are to few and far between to successfully regulate all game laws. No way it is their fault, just the dynamics of our state. I am sure the 2 buck limit made some difference but I do not think it was significant.i had a discussusion with a wise old retired gamewarden a few years back about tag limits ... it only keeps honest club hunting records... ill bet actual number did not drop that much.. but back of the barn covert tagouts became far more prevelant many still hunting scrub rack bucks vanished with no record .. keep more tags get better records
You get your tags, I get mine. Eat all the horn soup you want. I hunt for meat, would rather kill smaller does.We need a reduction in rednecks. The deer herd is down but nobody is willing to slack up on blasting everything that sticks its head out. Until these people start paying attention to management strategies, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
The WRC had been liberalizing doe seasons in the western half of the state at that time and they were hoping there would get an increase in the doe harvest if they cut the buck limit.Change to two-buck rule in western half of the state back around 2000 resulted in immediate 10 to 12 percent drop in buck harvest, but also in a huge increase in doe harvest. I would have expected, all things considered, about the same drop in buck harvest in eastern NC.