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Would you be in favor of "earn a buck" in zone 12?

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This poll is strictly for south Arkansas....zone 12 in particular. Would you support a regulation that required everyone 16 and older to kill at least one doe before each buck? Why or why not?

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I'm 50/50 on this poll because say i haven't filled a doe tag and a nice mature 8 or 10 walks out 20 yards opening day of season??? If i hadn't filled my doe tag i couldn't shoot him!! However people need to fill their doe tags in zone 12 there are too many old corn eatin floppy ears out there!! I know i fill mine! Horns don't cook up too good i've tried about everything from boiling to smoking but let me tell ya those backstaps on an old doe sure taste good!!!JMO
 

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I guess I'm riding the fence on this one too. If it were to ever pass for Zone 12 as a reg., I would certainly abide by the rule. It would definitely encourage me to get out on the weekends during Oct and bowhunt and ML hunt for that first doe. Now that I've moved back to AR, I'll have more time for bowhunting. I have always tried to shoot a doe with the stick/string prior to gun season starting.
 

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This poll is strictly for south Arkansas....zone 12 in particular. Would you support a regulation that required everyone 16 and older to kill at least one doe before each buck? Why or why not?

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I think as long we each kill a doe during the season muzzloader or gun season it should not matter the order you take them in just as long as you do take them. I would hate for any hunter to pass on a true wall hanger because he hasnt killed a doe yet. Taking does is not a problem But big boy you might only see him once and you need to be able to take that opprotunity when it presents itself. I would say no. But I am in favor of each hunter killing a doe I dont know about where you hunt but we have way to many where I am at and we encourage the taking of at least 1 doe by everyone.
 

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I waited a while and put some thought into it and finally voted no.

If there is a problem with too many doe then give out more doe permits. I would have happy to have a few for my family and I.

But how frustrating would it be on opening day to have that big buck walk up and you haven't shot a doe yet?

No way.
 

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After a lot of thought, I decided to vote "no". Our club is already in the QDMA and I know that one of our main goals this year will be to take out does. But if my first chance to take a deer is on a wall hanger (which we have been managing for), I'm going to take the shot. I know we have enough does to take my fair share at a later time. :biggrin:
 

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This poll is strictly for south Arkansas....zone 12 in particular. Would you support a regulation that required everyone 16 and older to kill at least one doe before each buck? Why or why not?

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Yes....it's called forced management! I been sayin that for a few years now, when will it become law:confused:
 

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I waited a while and put some thought into it and finally voted no.

If there is a problem with too many doe then give out more doe permits. I would have happy to have a few for my family and I.

But how frustrating would it be on opening day to have that big buck walk up and you haven't shot a doe yet?

No way.

There are simply not enough people even willing to shoot does to make this work. I"m going to say you could give unlimited doe permits and it wouldn't increase the percentage of antlerless harvest as much as you might think.

To me this is a sad commentary on hunting in general. It makes the PETAphile pukes look correct. We are so worried about our opportunities to take trophys we are unwilling to let good management interfere with that goal. I don't mean to be critical of anyone in particular. I don't know for sure whether this is a good idea or a bad one. I just know the response it always gets from hunters everywhere (not just Arkansas) reflects badly on us. So I guess my answer is " if professional biologists say it's good for our deer herd, sign me up".

I've killed at least one doe every year for as long as I can remember (and right now can't remember the last buck I killed in AR) but none of my buddies have killed a single one. I have never felt like any of those seasons were a failure.

Earn a buck was very successful in accomplishing it's goal in Wisconsin. The question is , is it needed here?


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There are simply not enough people even willing to shoot does to make this work. I"m going to say you could give unlimited doe permits and it wouldn't increase the percentage of antlerless harvest as much as you might think.

To me this is a sad commentary on hunting in general. It makes the PETAphile pukes look correct. We are so worried about our opportunities to take trophys we are unwilling to let good management interfere with that goal. I don't mean to be critical of anyone in particular. I don't know for sure whether this is a good idea or a bad one. I just know the response it always gets from hunters everywhere (not just Arkansas) reflects badly on us. So I guess my answer is " if professional biologists say it's good for our deer herd, sign me up".

I've killed at least one doe every year for as long as I can remember (and right now can't remember the last buck I killed in AR) but none of my buddies have killed a single one. I have never felt like any of those seasons were a failure.

Earn a buck was very successful in accomplishing it's goal in Wisconsin. The question is , is it needed here?


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Well let me ask this then... are doe permits fairly easy to come by this late in the game?

I have noticed that the draw is over and I assumed that, since it has been a few weeks since the remaining were put up for sale, there would be no more available per my assumption that they would go fast.

I would love to have a few doe permits to work with.

We are after meat for our table and will take it any way we can get it. As my dad always says... You can't make soup out of those antlers.
 

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If there is a problem with too many doe then give out more doe permits.
Extra doe tags ain't worth a flip to folks that refuse to shoot a doe. That's the whole problem, too many folks (mostly older) WILL NOT shoot a doe. My dad is one of them, he hasn't killed a doe in 30 years....but this year he will, or he won't get to kill a buck....because our club will be hunting under "earn a buck" rules this year. :biggrin:

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There are simply not enough people even willing to shoot does to make this work.

Earn a buck was very successful in accomplishing it's goal in Wisconsin. The question is , is it needed here?


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Anybody that don't like earn-a-buck...we don't need helping manage our deer population in zone 12 if they can't bring themselves to shoot a doe before getting the chance to shoot a buck, then they can hunt a different zone. We would like to see a rut here in southern Arkansas just like anybody else. I always hear the trophy hunters talking about how "if you hunt for meat; kill some does" well guess what...that goes for y'all too.:razz::up:
 
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