Unless you heard it from a high level government official, then its BS. We were spoiled in 2007 and expect those numbers to continue. It's no worse now than the early/mid 2000's. They would try other tactics first - like lowering doe tags.
I can't see it happening, but have heard similar rumours. I say take them all with a grain of salt. People see the antlerless deer tags lowering in a zone and automatically assume the end is near. In zone 25 they have eradicated Antlerless Tags, and I've been hearing all year that they will be closing the season next year. I honestly think it's just "the sky is falling" talk.
can't see it happening. First of all gov't would loose too much money, poaching would skyrocket and the amount of deer legally harvested really doesn't hurt the overall herd much IMO.
they will try other means before a shutdown happens.
1 thing i would like to see put in place is a point minimium. 4pts or less gets to walk. Let the small bucks grow for 1 extra year and see how much it will improve. Lots of does and fawns around just need bucks to survive long enough to breed them and become mature.
I just noticed a report that says in 2003 we only issued two thousand and some doe tags. This year nearly 5000 were issued. Maybe the herd was in worse shape in 2003?
I think we had a couple of bad winters which knocked the herd back quite a bit but it is already recovering due to the easier winter last year. A few mild winters and we could be seeing fair numbers of deer around. I'm impressed with all the deer tracks I saw on the snow today even with the high coyote populations.
imagine how many people would be in zone 22 & 23 if they did that ...wow 1 season and those 2 zones would have less deer than the rest of the province.
Like I said earlier. Legally harvested deer is not the issue with the deer herd here in NB
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