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2011 Outdoor Life National Deer Hunting Forecast

2011 Outdoor Life National Deer Hunting Forecast

We look at deer herd health, harvest numbers, new regulations and trophy potential in all 50 states.
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from cobaltss41 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The WI DNR needs to get a better system for counting the deer heard. They think that selling unlimited $2 doe tags is going to help. NO! Our harvest numbers are down due to predators and how the DNR can't seem to get an accurate count on our herd size. The DNR thinks that coyotes, wolves, and bear have no significant effect on the deer herd. Well guess what they are wrong again. WI has some of the best hunting around in my opinion, but the DNR is destroying that with the way they are trying to manage the herd population.

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from cribaddict2001 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

In Wisconsin we are on the right track dropping earn a buck requirement. Many of us ending up shooting anterless deer we never wanted to shoot, just to be able to shoot a nice buck. Great recap in the article. Keep up the usefull information.

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from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

"Nothing serious" about E.H. disease in Missouri UNLESS you happened to live in an area impacted. Our 1600 acre tract covers six farms and we saw the harvest in 2010 drop to one buck and three does for 24 hunters. The year previous we estimated the harvest at five bucks and twelve does. Five miles away the harvest was normal.

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from mordus67 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Indiana set another record hooray.now if they would start listening to the hunters who are complaining that they are seeing doe herds dropping from 12-15 8yrs ago to 3-4 in certain counties ranked for high bonus doe tags we won't have to bring deer in to fix population problems down the road.It's called conservation for a reason.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

No offense, but these graphs are pretty bad. For example, on the Ohio graph, the bar that shows the harvest for '09 is over double the height of the '10 bar, but numbers-wise, the harvest was only about 11 percent higher. You're just showing the very tops of the graphs, which is confusing and kind of defeats their purpose...

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from jimyoumook wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

i do hope this earn and buck program we now have in nebraska pans out but right now its killing me and many other hunters in my part of the state. we live on the northern edge of Elkhorn and the southern edge of missouri units yes they have tons of deer along the rivers. but for those of us caught in the middle no such luck

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from Mike wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

There has been some major decreases in harvests but how about putting these all on the same scale rather than trying to accentuate the differences that are sometimes minor. Doesn't help your credibility.

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Keep in mind that these numbers are deer harvested and not the actual deer population. Who knows, Florida could have more deer than any other state but have the fewest hunters. I was surprised to see Kansas where it is. My wife took out three last year with her buick (my brother asked to borrow it for this year!!)
Truth is, I think that auto casualties should factor in there somewhere to get an even better idea of deer population.

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from gmbhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

To Jh45gun--WI has a whole bunch of areas open for unlimited $2 doe tags this year. Everyone gets a doe tag with both gun AND bow license. Last year extremely limited tags----this year ALL you want. DNR does not have a clue. Deer kill down 33%. Wolf numbers up big over last 4 years in northern part of state----funny no mention of predators for any of the states.

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from floridahunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

@TheITguy, this is true since we do not have a tag system for private lands and the coastal deer I hunt are more like rabbits.

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from buckeyeinthesouth wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I think that is horrible that
ohio went to the phone call in. I think that its just a bigger chance for more poachers. That really effects big buck growers.

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

. "Deer harvest numbers in Wisconsin have been sliding for years, which has frustrated many hunters. From 2006 to 2010 the harvest dropped by about 33 percent."

What the report did not say is why. The DNR With its early doe seasons and giving doe tags like candy for both gun and archery seasons have really put a hurt on the herd. Yea I am as guilty as the rest Mea Culpa for using multiple doe tags as was a lot of WI hunters and non residents. For a while WI had enough deer that you did not notice the numbers going down then it started to add up. It is gonna take a while to get back to good hunting again I only hope the DNR pays more attention to the hunters and not its desk jockey's.

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from Patriot_0311 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Just a heads up, 23 DMUs are closed to antlerless hunting in all of Michigan this year... not 3.

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from meesha1903 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Glad to see that Pa is #5 but I'm really concerned about the forest health comment. Fair might be optimistic. At least Mr. Feaser recognizes that there is an issue.

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from TheITguy wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

@floridahunter, did you miss the "Florida does not do harvest counts".

How can you rank a state that does not keep track or provide statistics?

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from floridahunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

WoW. My state ranks Last. How is that possible

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

. "Deer harvest numbers in Wisconsin have been sliding for years, which has frustrated many hunters. From 2006 to 2010 the harvest dropped by about 33 percent."

What the report did not say is why. The DNR With its early doe seasons and giving doe tags like candy for both gun and archery seasons have really put a hurt on the herd. Yea I am as guilty as the rest Mea Culpa for using multiple doe tags as was a lot of WI hunters and non residents. For a while WI had enough deer that you did not notice the numbers going down then it started to add up. It is gonna take a while to get back to good hunting again I only hope the DNR pays more attention to the hunters and not its desk jockey's.

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from gmbhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

To Jh45gun--WI has a whole bunch of areas open for unlimited $2 doe tags this year. Everyone gets a doe tag with both gun AND bow license. Last year extremely limited tags----this year ALL you want. DNR does not have a clue. Deer kill down 33%. Wolf numbers up big over last 4 years in northern part of state----funny no mention of predators for any of the states.

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from cribaddict2001 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

In Wisconsin we are on the right track dropping earn a buck requirement. Many of us ending up shooting anterless deer we never wanted to shoot, just to be able to shoot a nice buck. Great recap in the article. Keep up the usefull information.

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from floridahunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

WoW. My state ranks Last. How is that possible

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from TheITguy wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

@floridahunter, did you miss the "Florida does not do harvest counts".

How can you rank a state that does not keep track or provide statistics?

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from meesha1903 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Glad to see that Pa is #5 but I'm really concerned about the forest health comment. Fair might be optimistic. At least Mr. Feaser recognizes that there is an issue.

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from floridahunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

@TheITguy, this is true since we do not have a tag system for private lands and the coastal deer I hunt are more like rabbits.

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from jimyoumook wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

i do hope this earn and buck program we now have in nebraska pans out but right now its killing me and many other hunters in my part of the state. we live on the northern edge of Elkhorn and the southern edge of missouri units yes they have tons of deer along the rivers. but for those of us caught in the middle no such luck

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from mordus67 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Indiana set another record hooray.now if they would start listening to the hunters who are complaining that they are seeing doe herds dropping from 12-15 8yrs ago to 3-4 in certain counties ranked for high bonus doe tags we won't have to bring deer in to fix population problems down the road.It's called conservation for a reason.

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from buckeyeinthesouth wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I think that is horrible that
ohio went to the phone call in. I think that its just a bigger chance for more poachers. That really effects big buck growers.

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from Mike wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

There has been some major decreases in harvests but how about putting these all on the same scale rather than trying to accentuate the differences that are sometimes minor. Doesn't help your credibility.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

No offense, but these graphs are pretty bad. For example, on the Ohio graph, the bar that shows the harvest for '09 is over double the height of the '10 bar, but numbers-wise, the harvest was only about 11 percent higher. You're just showing the very tops of the graphs, which is confusing and kind of defeats their purpose...

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from Patriot_0311 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Just a heads up, 23 DMUs are closed to antlerless hunting in all of Michigan this year... not 3.

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from cobaltss41 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The WI DNR needs to get a better system for counting the deer heard. They think that selling unlimited $2 doe tags is going to help. NO! Our harvest numbers are down due to predators and how the DNR can't seem to get an accurate count on our herd size. The DNR thinks that coyotes, wolves, and bear have no significant effect on the deer herd. Well guess what they are wrong again. WI has some of the best hunting around in my opinion, but the DNR is destroying that with the way they are trying to manage the herd population.

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Keep in mind that these numbers are deer harvested and not the actual deer population. Who knows, Florida could have more deer than any other state but have the fewest hunters. I was surprised to see Kansas where it is. My wife took out three last year with her buick (my brother asked to borrow it for this year!!)
Truth is, I think that auto casualties should factor in there somewhere to get an even better idea of deer population.

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from Tom-Tom wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

"Nothing serious" about E.H. disease in Missouri UNLESS you happened to live in an area impacted. Our 1600 acre tract covers six farms and we saw the harvest in 2010 drop to one buck and three does for 24 hunters. The year previous we estimated the harvest at five bucks and twelve does. Five miles away the harvest was normal.

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