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January 20, 2011

State of the Whitetail Union: We Want Your Opinion!

By Dave Hurteau

Has this shown up in your mailbox yet?

If not, it should soon. In this, the February 2011 issue, F&S delivers its "State of Whitetail Union," featuring what we see as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the modern whitetail boom. Scott Bestul and I will be posting excerpts and related material right here in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, we want your opinion.

Using this format…

The Good: What you see as the best thing about today’s deer hunting

The Bad: What you see as the worst thing about today’s deer hunting

The Ugly: What you see as the ugliest thing about today’s deer hunting

The best responses will have a chance of being included in the "Campfire" section of an upcoming issue of Field & Stream magazine.

Okay, let’s hear from you.

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from Koldkut wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: Lots of trophy animals coming out, it shows that management plans are working.
The bad: Too much focus on whitetails and not enough on other deer species
The ugly: Hunting shows that glorify taking of only giant bucks and not a show of a good management balance in taking does and smaller bucks as well.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: People are starting to use good managment practices

The bad: People will do dumb things for a big bucks.

The ugly: People will do dumb things for big bucks, like wound a 200 inch buck thats running, with a muzzleloader.

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from JHawes wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Technology. It gives us a greater advantage with better equipment and gear, whether it be our scopes, bows, broadheads, ammo, clothing, scent eliminating technologies, etc to get closer to our game and make more accurate and ethical shots.

The Bad: Hunting shows. In my opinion they have led to an antler craze and are basically 30 minute long promotions for outfitters and ranches that most people cant afford. They don't. They have lead many hunters to believe that quality of a hunt is measured in inches of antlers rather then the camaraderie of friends and the joys of just being outside enjoying nature.

The Ugly: Leases. The number of hunters each year is steadily declining and many hunters just give up the sport due to the lack available land to hunt and more and more frequently the right to hunt a piece of land comes with a price tag. Most people cant afford to pay several hundred buck to several grand to hunt on a small piece of habitat. Charging people for the right to access land eliminates a lot of opportunities for many hunter to enjoy their sport and may eventually give it up and not pass on the joys of hunting to younger generation which just may be the most important part of keeping our favorite sport alive.

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from Pacific Hunter wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good- more opportunity and quality than ever before
Bad- Commercialization of a public produced good, biggest buck goes to the highest bidder
Ugly-Technology is going over the top. Your cell phone goes off telling you a deer is walking by camera #5 everyday at 3:30, you pull out your GPS since you can't find your way and it takes you directly to a spot where you type in your bullets ballistics into your new compensating scope on top of your long range rifle and erradicate the deer at 700 yards

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from mfox wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: The best thing about deer hunting today is that hunters seem to use better strategies. They observe where and when their deer move throughout certain times of day and weather conditions, putting themselves in the right spot at the right time to be successful.

The Bad: One thing I have a problem with are the accessories that used in hunting deer. The technology of some accessories take away from the hunt, and almost make the hunt too easy. Treestands are useful, but tower box blinds are ridiculous. One could sit in all the comforts of a home, and harvest a deer. My opinion is that accessories should be kept to a minimum, and keep the hunt as natural as possible.

The Ugly: The ugliest thing in deer hunting today is topic of what makes a trophy. Not every hunter can take a 12 point buck every year. Some hunters take what is available to them just so they can feed their families. And if a youngsters first buck is a spike, does that not make it worthy of praise? A trophy is what satisfies the hunter, not the rest of society. Live for the hunt, not the trophy.

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from wgiles wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Being able to hunt.

The Bad: The high cost of hunting access. Too many people willing to pay thousands of dollars to hunt. Not enough places for ordinary folks to hunt.

The Ugly: Outfitter sponsored outdoor shows that lead us to believe that that is the only way to hunt and we have to have a trophy buck. I hunt for meat.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good:

Good whitetail numbers and concerned land owners making habitat and herd management decisions that further benefit the deer. ODM is a good example of this trend.

The Bad:

Too much emphasis on technology and products that have questionable benefits in a quest for instant gratification. Too little emphasis on woodsmanship and the acquisition of basic hunting skills.

The Ugly:

The glorification of antler mass into a near religion by all hunter related media outlets. Mindless deer hunting shows, each trying to outdo the other for ratings by utilizing over the top methodology which further personifies the image of today’s hunter as a myopic, techno mad, do anything for antler mass jerk.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good : Lots of deer and long seasons in much of the country.

The Bad : Leases. In a recession deer hunting leases might be the only property that has continued to go sky high.

The Ugly : Glorification of the rack. Breaking the law to get the rack. TV shows where the host shows his hunting prowess by killing a $12,500 buck on a fenced ranch(I'm looking at you Larry Weishuhn).

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good- Hunters taking deer to feed their families and being responsible to the ethical harvest of the animal and enjoying the fellowship their fellow hunters. The bad-- The childish focus on antlers and the emphasis on managing deer for bigger racks is like cocaine addiction for some people. Neighbors who ridicule neighbors and fellow hunters for shooting smaller bucks and not joining them and their deer management beliefs are the worst antler addicts there are! The Ugly--- Canned hunts, Hunting shows, High Fence Operations, Hunters who cannot talk about deer hunting without using the words' "My Deer", "Shooter", "Score", "Stud", "Management and Manager".

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from ENO wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: The success of catch and release programs in fishing is finally trickling down to hunters and state wildlife officials. Selective responsible hunting results in rewards for all.
Increased awareness to fitness in becoming a better overall sportsman.

Bad: Less kids and young adults are participating in hunting. As interest wanes so will opportunities. There is increased pressure from other interest groups competing for public lands.

Ugly: The attitude that you can buy a trophy. We need to get away from ideas that promote the philosophy that the more money you spend the greater your chance of taking a trophy.

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from jjas wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

the good: Today's equipment and clothing is better than ever.

the bad: That hunting is becoming so expensive and land is so difficult to obtain access to.

the ugly: The nasty division between those who embrace the trophy hunting mentality vs those who just want to hunt deer. The nasty division between gun and bow hunters and the nasty divsions between xbowers and those who use compounds.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Better gear, warmer clothes. More opportunity for practicing, like coyotes.

The Bad: Less places in many states, like mine. More expensive tags.

The Ugly: More anti-hunting, anti-gun, anti-meat, and anti-fur statements everywhere you look. Hunters treated as second-class citizens.

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from texizona wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Higher quality equipment, such as ammunition and optics.

The Bad: The "graying" of the hunting population, as fewer young people participate.

The Ugly: The fanaticism of trophy deer mgmt, often ostrasizing those who choose to legally take a younger buck. This does and will continue to drive hunters away.

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from CorieSquared wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: Modern deer management is working, in terms of antler restrictions, in my locale.

The bad: My state game comission has become so focused on the management of high profile species like whitetails and to some extent turkeys that they have forgotten about the great grouse and pheasant hunting we used to have.

The ugly: People saying that modern deer management means there are simply no deer in the woods. I'm tired of hearing people complain that woods are barren when the reality is, there are plenty of deer if you're willing to work a little harder at finding them.

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from Whackdaddy wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Achievements by state management programs – improving the overall health of the deer herd and the average age of bucks harvested.

The Bad: Fewer and fewer quality hunting opportunities for people without the resources to buy their own land or lease ground exclusively.

The Ugly: Jealousy and greed surrounding trophy animals. Whether it's directed at neighbors or the celebrities on TV, this bad seed has taken root in America.

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from gautrey wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The GOOD: Technology,strategy and equipment.
The BAD: All to often trying to get a place to hunt and the cost has been in the hundreds just to hunt. That doesn`t include trophey fees,guide fees,transport fees-see where this is going!
The Ugly: Not going to be able to take the youth of America hunting or fishing because of rising cost of access to hunt and fish.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Bad:
Sticking a thick advertisement brochure in the middle of my F&S magazine!
The Bad:
Too much emphasis, including the cover picture of this magazine, on trophy whitetails. I really detest stories about someone who hunts five seasons straight for just one animal.
The Good:
Emphasizing the comaraderie in deer camp. Encouraging kids and non hunters to come join in the group.

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from NYhunter wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Lots of healthy deer and mature bucks.A lot of land to hunt(private and public). Having good equipment and ready access to outdoor stores. And online sites to learn from more experienced hunters.

The Bad: People raising bucks and studding them out(Texas). Turning the once relaxing deer hunting in to money making business. And all the game farms and high fenced hunts.

The Ugly: TV shows only show unrealistically large bucks being taken on the game farms. So then the younger generation thinks that the 4-6point buck that they killed is not a trophy. And makes the new hunters think all they have to do is go sit in a tree for 30min and lay the "smack down" on a 200" buck. Then their's all the city slickers walking out to the big box stands in jeans and a camo tee shirt with a rifle that has a tripod and a huge scope that can shoot deer out to 1000yds(thus taking the "hunt" out of the hunt). As the big buck stands perfectly broadside at 200yds they glass him for an hour and say "Thats a 8&1/2yr old buck.... a shooter...I think I'll take him"...Bang

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from Btatanish wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good - Today hunters have more access to information than ever before and can travel any where they want to hunt, if they can " Afford it ". Much better quality than ever before because of past deer management programs at the state levels.

The Bad - The start of a new era of deer management that now thinks the timber is more important than the deer we hunt. Many states will develope new managment programs based on other factors, not just deer numbers & hunters interest.

The Ugly - In coming years deer populations will be reduced to save the timber & auto insurance interest.
Joe Average hunter will be the "Big Looser".....

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from copperhead wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

the good: conservation planning has greatly increased the deer here in mississippi over the past 15 years i have been hunting.

the bad: under harvest of does in this state makes it hard to find big bucks which leads me to the ugly

the ugly: people shooting anything with a set of antlers and not letting them grow

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good down here in Arkansas is a large healthy herd, and the ability to go after them for 5 months with a 5 deer limit, which is a heck of a lot of venison. The bad is people having to give up hunting because they can't afford it, or never become involved because they don't have someone to take them. The truly ugly occurs when someone shoots before identifying a target,dies on a four wheeler, or falls out of a unmaintained stand without a harness. All in all, it was as fun of a year as I can remember, and I still have a buck tag, for split-toe's grand-daddy.

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from Eric Greene wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: being able to fill the freezer with Venison, and Sasuage.
The Bad: Hunting Leases that price hunters out of access to hunting.
The Ugly: "canned hunts" for overweight domestic deer in high fenced ranches.

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from Brittle wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Quality deer and still lots of deer #'s due to management

Bad: Way too much hype about antlers and not enough about fun with family.

Ugly: Private Hunting land being secret spots for only a couple people and not general hunters

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from ricefarm wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Having an outdoor activity for kids that gets them outside and gives them an option to hyper-competitive school sports.

Bad: Emphasis on trophy bucks is bad, but I've also seen guys who shoot the first thing that comes along just to get something. I support putting meat in the freezer but I've seen some pretty small does hanging, shot by guys who were in a hurry to get back to the beer cooler.

Ugly: I've probably been too careful about not taking a shot unless I have a good clean look at a reasonable distance but I've come to realize there are plenty of guys out there that have no problem shooting at a buck running through brush hoping for some kind of miracle.

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Larger deer herd, longer seasons.

The Bad: Too many trespassers who lack respect for the landowners.

The Ugly: Way too many unethical, poorly trained "hunters" that shoot with the hope they might hit the deer. As someone else put on here a few weeks ago, its the "spray and pray" tactic.

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from northtowntv wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: I'm still interested in hunting. I spend the first 5 days of Michigan's firearm season with my dad and close family friends. I travel 7 hours to the great Upper Peninsula every year for this time at camp and in the woods. I wouldn't miss it for the world!

The Bad: My bow hunting time in SW Lower Michigan is gradually getting worse every year. Even though the whitetail hunting is generally good in this area, it gets more difficult each passing year to find consistent land to hunt. Private land owners are not as willing to allow access to there land. Public land is 90% of the time a waste of time due to run ins with other hunters. My children are almost of age to take hunting...seems in jeopardy though.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Conservation efforts based on a more mature animal harvest
The Bad: Alot of forgetting about public land, people putting the time into hunting, but not into conservation of the land and the other animals that drive the eco-system.
The Ugly: Deer leases (believe me I live in Southeast Texas, they pretty much rule the country side), High fences, Subdivisions, and dwindling hunting opportunities for those who cant afford an 600-5000 dollar a year lease.

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from Dances with Deer wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: As hunter numbers drop, more emphasis on recruiting youths, women and beginner adults of either sex. They are more likely to enjoy the overall experience and hopefully reverse the "trophy first" craze.

The Bad: Beginners who got hooked on TV shows or hunting DVDs shot on leases expecting to see deer every time out and a trophy buck in the back of their truck each fall.

The Ugly: I hate what the "inch count" has done to many hunters — conflicts between neighboring property owners, loss of access (including for small game hunting; can't scare that trophy to the neighbor, you know) and belittling someone who loves to hunt for the venison.

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from brentru wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Whitetails are everywhere and in many places seasons are being expanded to help manage the population. Urban archery seasons are a great thing if you are a bowhunter.

Bad: Infighting amongst hunters (bow vs. crossbow; gun vs. bow; baiting vs. no baiting, shooting spikes vs. letting them grow up, etc.) leaves the door wide open for the anti's to exploit the seams and ruin the day for everyone.

Ugly: The industry has promoted the trophy aspect of deer hunting so much that it has helped create divisions in the hunting community (high fence vs. low/no fence, etc.) and encourages poachers to do what they do (as evidenced by the 4 headless deer my son found dumped in a creek recently). The hunt should be about the experience, shared time together and enjoying the meat on the table, not about how big the rack is.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: spend time with family, and anyone can
The bad: too much competition
The ugly: Too many road hunters or poachers, last rifle season me and my cousin were siting in a stand and someone came along on the road and shot out of their pickup window into the trees we were sitting in, worst day of deer hunting I have ever had.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

sorry about that I meant to say anyone can hunt

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from John L wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Great comments on here. Now all need to attend G&F department meetings and let them know.
Our voices are only heard...if they are heard.
Good: Lots of deer
Bad: Too many deer in some places.
Ugly: Old management practices.

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from woodpecker wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good- t.v. shows and articles that help us understand the fish and game we seek and help us get the most out of the ones we do catch.

The bad-technology that gives us the a much bigger advantage than the game we seek and states like New york that the money, but do very little for the sportsmen.

The ugly- my top two things are, baiting areas for deer and bear and jerks running out of breath and high-fiving each other.[shame on you].

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from Tony Berg wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: A fall day spent in your favorite woods.

The Bad: To much technology. Thats why we go in the woods, to get a break from computers and the phone ringing all the time and the daily rush.

The Ugly: Wanna be hunters who poach, trespass, take unethical shots, bend or break hunting laws, spend no time learning the woods they hunt and the animal they are hunting.

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from catfish12g wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: People are still interested in hunting deer and using the meat and not throwing it away or leaving it in the field
The Bad: Many people take deer hunting for granted and kill more than allowed which can have a serious effect on deer population when multiple people are doing it
The Ugly: I am still a teenager and recently went to public land not far from my home along the Red River on the Texas side. When we got out of the truck, it seemed the earth had been replaced with all sorts of bullet casings and shotshells and beer bottles. It sicken me to see our hunting land and beutiful part of my home state to be trashed like this and to not have a park ranger patrolling the land? There were people shooting rifles and handguns which are forbiden along with people on the Oklahoma bank who were so drunk when we went to the edge of the bluff they began firing at us. I do not thing I will ever hunt public land again as there are no animals which could live in such conditions along with the lawlessness which occures

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from antlercrazy wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: More hunters are beginning to practice better deer management.
The Bad: Many hunters don't see deer as meat on the table but rather as a trophy to hang on the wall.
The Ugly: Hunters are beginning to become desperate for a trophy and will do just about anything for it.

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

i gotta say the bad thing is most of the adults support their kids hunting in unproper ways. most of the kids i go to school with never hunt legally all they do is spotlight if thats what you have to do to kill deer i guess you should stay home.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Shout out to Kentucky that reported 110,356 whitetails harvested, 54% males. Bourbon, basketball, and great hunting what a hell of a state. SEC baby.

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from pillagermn wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Technology, With the advances made in clothing alone hunters can stay afieid much longer in the harshest weather giving them a better oppurtunity to fill the freezer.

The Bad: Technology, Although the pictures are great, trail cameras have taken the sport in the wrong direction. What happened to the joy of being outdoors. Take a walk in the woods to learn new areas. See nature first hand. Trail cameras are the lazy man's scouting tool. (No time to scout? No time to hunt!) They will also decrease the private land access we look for. With all the hype surrounding rack size who would allow a stranger the possibility of harvesting "our" buck. (We have several pictures of him you know)

The Ugly: Technology, Soon enough an average hunter will be able to shoot several rounds into a paper cup from a thousand yards, blindfolded!

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

With more pope and young records being set all the time we are in great shape

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I just wish the dang poachers would stay off my land. Not a whole lot I can do there will always be criminals

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The good: We are learning and using more information and tactics on building a healthy herd in most places.
The bad;High price leases, poaching for a price tag in other words companies paying antlers it is not what this is meant to be.
The ugly: bureaucratic nightmare that is states natural resource mangers many taking popular opinion into there choices and many times stepping over trained biologists and qualified individuals recommendations to please special interests.

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

GOOD: The relative ease with which we can educate ourselves, at whatever experience level we may be. There are tons of shows, books, web sites and magazines that make it so you are only limited in your search for knowledge by your ability to search and any time limitations on you.
BAD: Many of those same shows, books, web sites and magazines are "rack intensive" with their coverage and information.
UGLY: Hunters are afraid to openly be hunters. In the spirit of being as least offensive as possible, many hunters succumb to political correctness about what they do. EVIDENCE "Hunter speak"; you don't "harvest" an animal, you "harvest" crops. If you hunt, you are going out to kill something and eat it. It is as old as humanity itself - call it what it is.

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from MissMuley wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Amen to a lot of you up there.. Especially Beekeeper, you pretty much said it. Here's what I would add to that-

The good: Advances in research and wildlife management leading to a better understanding of the species and ecosystem they live in. While there is a looong way to go we now have more accurate ways to monitor populations, their habitats, and we have a better knowledge of the management actions to employ or the effects of our actions.

The bad: The increasing commercialization of wildlife. Wildlife belongs to the public, not the landowner whose land the wildlife inhabits. This varies by country but isn't what we set out for the U.S. While landowners have every right to limit or not allow access, I don't think it is right that we have to pay for it at the benefit of a private entity's profit. There are many issues with this but as hunting leases or "trespass fees" get more and more expensive these factors are beginning to violate several tenets (including "equal opportunity for all," among others) of the North American Model, which is the founding principle of what wildlife management in the U.S. was based on. On another note, I would still rather have intact landscapes that I wouldn't be able to hunt on rather than subdivisions, so it is still important to provide landowner incentives, I just wish it was done differently, and I wish I knew of a solution to it.

The ugly: Ditto to both Koldkut and Beekeeper on this one. The behavior on some of these hunting shows is terrible, and what's worse is that it is broadcasted and glorified to the general public. There is not only a lack of respect for the quarry but so much commercialization and advertising and tech-craziness, which completely take over any idea of showing good woodsmanship, skill, and the results of all of "the goods" listed above.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Good. Lots of deer. Longer and more seasons and plenty of hunting Opportunities.

Bad. Increasing License fees. Rising cost of ammo, guns and gas while economy remains stagnant.

Ugly. Too much posted land and too many slob hunters who make us all look bad (which could lead to the posters). oh, and hunters stealing from hunters. Whoever stole my stand and cameras, i hope you get what you deserve.

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from Jimbo123 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Miss Muley I like your thinking. Sounds like you got some background in Wildlife Science/Management. One other thing like that hat! Is it a Stormy Kromer?

The Good: The management plans that the state wildife agencies are putting into effect are staring to work. These plans have to stay science based not political based or we might end up back at early management practices. I'm starting to notice more and more mature bucks being harvested and roaming the woods.

The Bad: Hunters are still complaning in some states about not enough deer in the woods. People have to realize that the populations were reduced for a reason. That reason is to keep the habitat sustainable for wildlife to survive and to not eat themselves out of food and cause more harm then good.

The Ugly: Its not dealing with just whitetail hunting. Its dealing with everykind of hunting and being involved in the outdoors in general and that is trying to get more youth involved in the outdoors.

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from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The Good: Deer everywhere. Every time I go hunting I see deer, and manage to kill at least one a year.

The Bad: Less and less places to hunt. All of the land is suddenly being posted as people in the rural areas discover they can make money off of deer.

The Ugly: When hunters can't find a place to hunt they do stupid things like trespass and spotlight. It seems like the locking up of lands is causing more people to break the rules.

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from Drew YoungeDyke wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The Good: Technology - Hunters sharing strategies, experience, trading tips and recommendations. The internet has become one big deer camp poker table for hunters.

The Bad: Technology - Hunters increasingly relying on gadgets instead of woodsmanship, focusing on the success of the hunt rather than the means employed to achieve it.

The Ugly: Game ranches and (most)hunting TV shows, glorifying the killing of farm animals and presenting it as hunting wild game.

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from Jim Berardi wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Big antlers & the quest for them is beginning to having a negative affect on our sport in my opinion. I live & hunt in "Ohio" & it has become a hotspot for trophy hunting the last few years because of all the national attention from B & C sized bucks harvested here recently. This has made it almost impossible to get permission to hunt unless your wealthy & can afford to fork over BIG $ for big bucks. Leases are the norm now with prices doubling over the last few seasons! Because of this many Younger hunters are being forced to the public lands where the deer are growing scarcer every year.Is BIGGER really better? Not always think about ones ego, your weight or our national debt! Way too much jealousy comes into play with big antlers anymore & hunters forget what hunting is truly about- nature, solitude or just making lifelong memories with special people regardless of the harvest! I arrowed a trophy ten point this year but my first buck(small 3 point) was still more special because Dad was at my side that day when I was 13 years old.

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from Kingmauser wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The good: more deer than ever
The good: bow, muzzleloader, modern gun seasons

The bad: trophy hunting and feeder shooters
The bad: decreased public land to hunt on
The bad: escalating costs of hunting related gear

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from Kingmauser wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Another bad: hunting shows........non hunters think you walk into the woods and game presents itself for killing much like these stupid hunting shows. Perception of hunting by the ignorant non-hunting public is worse than it's ever been and we should all strive to represent hunting the best way we can.

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from Georgia Grinch wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Good:
Simply this - Better management. Quality Deer Management is responsible for increased knowledge and higher ethics standards, which in turn has lead to more trophy animals, better stewardship of resources and an overall healthier deer herd.

The Bad:
The crazed competition to take a high scoring whitetail -Every year, hunters are drawn further and further away from the simple pleasures of the outdoors because of their new obsession - The score sheet.

The Ugly:
Money - The entire industry has turned greedy. From products and television to paid hunts and land/lease prices, it's all about the BUCK (Pun Intended) making hunting less and less accessible to the masses.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good:

Good whitetail numbers and concerned land owners making habitat and herd management decisions that further benefit the deer. ODM is a good example of this trend.

The Bad:

Too much emphasis on technology and products that have questionable benefits in a quest for instant gratification. Too little emphasis on woodsmanship and the acquisition of basic hunting skills.

The Ugly:

The glorification of antler mass into a near religion by all hunter related media outlets. Mindless deer hunting shows, each trying to outdo the other for ratings by utilizing over the top methodology which further personifies the image of today’s hunter as a myopic, techno mad, do anything for antler mass jerk.

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from Koldkut wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: Lots of trophy animals coming out, it shows that management plans are working.
The bad: Too much focus on whitetails and not enough on other deer species
The ugly: Hunting shows that glorify taking of only giant bucks and not a show of a good management balance in taking does and smaller bucks as well.

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from JHawes wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Technology. It gives us a greater advantage with better equipment and gear, whether it be our scopes, bows, broadheads, ammo, clothing, scent eliminating technologies, etc to get closer to our game and make more accurate and ethical shots.

The Bad: Hunting shows. In my opinion they have led to an antler craze and are basically 30 minute long promotions for outfitters and ranches that most people cant afford. They don't. They have lead many hunters to believe that quality of a hunt is measured in inches of antlers rather then the camaraderie of friends and the joys of just being outside enjoying nature.

The Ugly: Leases. The number of hunters each year is steadily declining and many hunters just give up the sport due to the lack available land to hunt and more and more frequently the right to hunt a piece of land comes with a price tag. Most people cant afford to pay several hundred buck to several grand to hunt on a small piece of habitat. Charging people for the right to access land eliminates a lot of opportunities for many hunter to enjoy their sport and may eventually give it up and not pass on the joys of hunting to younger generation which just may be the most important part of keeping our favorite sport alive.

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from mfox wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: The best thing about deer hunting today is that hunters seem to use better strategies. They observe where and when their deer move throughout certain times of day and weather conditions, putting themselves in the right spot at the right time to be successful.

The Bad: One thing I have a problem with are the accessories that used in hunting deer. The technology of some accessories take away from the hunt, and almost make the hunt too easy. Treestands are useful, but tower box blinds are ridiculous. One could sit in all the comforts of a home, and harvest a deer. My opinion is that accessories should be kept to a minimum, and keep the hunt as natural as possible.

The Ugly: The ugliest thing in deer hunting today is topic of what makes a trophy. Not every hunter can take a 12 point buck every year. Some hunters take what is available to them just so they can feed their families. And if a youngsters first buck is a spike, does that not make it worthy of praise? A trophy is what satisfies the hunter, not the rest of society. Live for the hunt, not the trophy.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good- Hunters taking deer to feed their families and being responsible to the ethical harvest of the animal and enjoying the fellowship their fellow hunters. The bad-- The childish focus on antlers and the emphasis on managing deer for bigger racks is like cocaine addiction for some people. Neighbors who ridicule neighbors and fellow hunters for shooting smaller bucks and not joining them and their deer management beliefs are the worst antler addicts there are! The Ugly--- Canned hunts, Hunting shows, High Fence Operations, Hunters who cannot talk about deer hunting without using the words' "My Deer", "Shooter", "Score", "Stud", "Management and Manager".

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from texizona wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Higher quality equipment, such as ammunition and optics.

The Bad: The "graying" of the hunting population, as fewer young people participate.

The Ugly: The fanaticism of trophy deer mgmt, often ostrasizing those who choose to legally take a younger buck. This does and will continue to drive hunters away.

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from Pacific Hunter wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good- more opportunity and quality than ever before
Bad- Commercialization of a public produced good, biggest buck goes to the highest bidder
Ugly-Technology is going over the top. Your cell phone goes off telling you a deer is walking by camera #5 everyday at 3:30, you pull out your GPS since you can't find your way and it takes you directly to a spot where you type in your bullets ballistics into your new compensating scope on top of your long range rifle and erradicate the deer at 700 yards

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from CorieSquared wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: Modern deer management is working, in terms of antler restrictions, in my locale.

The bad: My state game comission has become so focused on the management of high profile species like whitetails and to some extent turkeys that they have forgotten about the great grouse and pheasant hunting we used to have.

The ugly: People saying that modern deer management means there are simply no deer in the woods. I'm tired of hearing people complain that woods are barren when the reality is, there are plenty of deer if you're willing to work a little harder at finding them.

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from Eric Greene wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: being able to fill the freezer with Venison, and Sasuage.
The Bad: Hunting Leases that price hunters out of access to hunting.
The Ugly: "canned hunts" for overweight domestic deer in high fenced ranches.

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from jjas wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

the good: Today's equipment and clothing is better than ever.

the bad: That hunting is becoming so expensive and land is so difficult to obtain access to.

the ugly: The nasty division between those who embrace the trophy hunting mentality vs those who just want to hunt deer. The nasty division between gun and bow hunters and the nasty divsions between xbowers and those who use compounds.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Better gear, warmer clothes. More opportunity for practicing, like coyotes.

The Bad: Less places in many states, like mine. More expensive tags.

The Ugly: More anti-hunting, anti-gun, anti-meat, and anti-fur statements everywhere you look. Hunters treated as second-class citizens.

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Bad:
Sticking a thick advertisement brochure in the middle of my F&S magazine!
The Bad:
Too much emphasis, including the cover picture of this magazine, on trophy whitetails. I really detest stories about someone who hunts five seasons straight for just one animal.
The Good:
Emphasizing the comaraderie in deer camp. Encouraging kids and non hunters to come join in the group.

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from NYhunter wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Lots of healthy deer and mature bucks.A lot of land to hunt(private and public). Having good equipment and ready access to outdoor stores. And online sites to learn from more experienced hunters.

The Bad: People raising bucks and studding them out(Texas). Turning the once relaxing deer hunting in to money making business. And all the game farms and high fenced hunts.

The Ugly: TV shows only show unrealistically large bucks being taken on the game farms. So then the younger generation thinks that the 4-6point buck that they killed is not a trophy. And makes the new hunters think all they have to do is go sit in a tree for 30min and lay the "smack down" on a 200" buck. Then their's all the city slickers walking out to the big box stands in jeans and a camo tee shirt with a rifle that has a tripod and a huge scope that can shoot deer out to 1000yds(thus taking the "hunt" out of the hunt). As the big buck stands perfectly broadside at 200yds they glass him for an hour and say "Thats a 8&1/2yr old buck.... a shooter...I think I'll take him"...Bang

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good down here in Arkansas is a large healthy herd, and the ability to go after them for 5 months with a 5 deer limit, which is a heck of a lot of venison. The bad is people having to give up hunting because they can't afford it, or never become involved because they don't have someone to take them. The truly ugly occurs when someone shoots before identifying a target,dies on a four wheeler, or falls out of a unmaintained stand without a harness. All in all, it was as fun of a year as I can remember, and I still have a buck tag, for split-toe's grand-daddy.

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from WesMcCormick wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Conservation efforts based on a more mature animal harvest
The Bad: Alot of forgetting about public land, people putting the time into hunting, but not into conservation of the land and the other animals that drive the eco-system.
The Ugly: Deer leases (believe me I live in Southeast Texas, they pretty much rule the country side), High fences, Subdivisions, and dwindling hunting opportunities for those who cant afford an 600-5000 dollar a year lease.

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from Dances with Deer wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: As hunter numbers drop, more emphasis on recruiting youths, women and beginner adults of either sex. They are more likely to enjoy the overall experience and hopefully reverse the "trophy first" craze.

The Bad: Beginners who got hooked on TV shows or hunting DVDs shot on leases expecting to see deer every time out and a trophy buck in the back of their truck each fall.

The Ugly: I hate what the "inch count" has done to many hunters — conflicts between neighboring property owners, loss of access (including for small game hunting; can't scare that trophy to the neighbor, you know) and belittling someone who loves to hunt for the venison.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: spend time with family, and anyone can
The bad: too much competition
The ugly: Too many road hunters or poachers, last rifle season me and my cousin were siting in a stand and someone came along on the road and shot out of their pickup window into the trees we were sitting in, worst day of deer hunting I have ever had.

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from MissMuley wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Amen to a lot of you up there.. Especially Beekeeper, you pretty much said it. Here's what I would add to that-

The good: Advances in research and wildlife management leading to a better understanding of the species and ecosystem they live in. While there is a looong way to go we now have more accurate ways to monitor populations, their habitats, and we have a better knowledge of the management actions to employ or the effects of our actions.

The bad: The increasing commercialization of wildlife. Wildlife belongs to the public, not the landowner whose land the wildlife inhabits. This varies by country but isn't what we set out for the U.S. While landowners have every right to limit or not allow access, I don't think it is right that we have to pay for it at the benefit of a private entity's profit. There are many issues with this but as hunting leases or "trespass fees" get more and more expensive these factors are beginning to violate several tenets (including "equal opportunity for all," among others) of the North American Model, which is the founding principle of what wildlife management in the U.S. was based on. On another note, I would still rather have intact landscapes that I wouldn't be able to hunt on rather than subdivisions, so it is still important to provide landowner incentives, I just wish it was done differently, and I wish I knew of a solution to it.

The ugly: Ditto to both Koldkut and Beekeeper on this one. The behavior on some of these hunting shows is terrible, and what's worse is that it is broadcasted and glorified to the general public. There is not only a lack of respect for the quarry but so much commercialization and advertising and tech-craziness, which completely take over any idea of showing good woodsmanship, skill, and the results of all of "the goods" listed above.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: People are starting to use good managment practices

The bad: People will do dumb things for a big bucks.

The ugly: People will do dumb things for big bucks, like wound a 200 inch buck thats running, with a muzzleloader.

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from wgiles wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Being able to hunt.

The Bad: The high cost of hunting access. Too many people willing to pay thousands of dollars to hunt. Not enough places for ordinary folks to hunt.

The Ugly: Outfitter sponsored outdoor shows that lead us to believe that that is the only way to hunt and we have to have a trophy buck. I hunt for meat.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good : Lots of deer and long seasons in much of the country.

The Bad : Leases. In a recession deer hunting leases might be the only property that has continued to go sky high.

The Ugly : Glorification of the rack. Breaking the law to get the rack. TV shows where the host shows his hunting prowess by killing a $12,500 buck on a fenced ranch(I'm looking at you Larry Weishuhn).

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from ENO wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: The success of catch and release programs in fishing is finally trickling down to hunters and state wildlife officials. Selective responsible hunting results in rewards for all.
Increased awareness to fitness in becoming a better overall sportsman.

Bad: Less kids and young adults are participating in hunting. As interest wanes so will opportunities. There is increased pressure from other interest groups competing for public lands.

Ugly: The attitude that you can buy a trophy. We need to get away from ideas that promote the philosophy that the more money you spend the greater your chance of taking a trophy.

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from Whackdaddy wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Achievements by state management programs – improving the overall health of the deer herd and the average age of bucks harvested.

The Bad: Fewer and fewer quality hunting opportunities for people without the resources to buy their own land or lease ground exclusively.

The Ugly: Jealousy and greed surrounding trophy animals. Whether it's directed at neighbors or the celebrities on TV, this bad seed has taken root in America.

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from gautrey wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The GOOD: Technology,strategy and equipment.
The BAD: All to often trying to get a place to hunt and the cost has been in the hundreds just to hunt. That doesn`t include trophey fees,guide fees,transport fees-see where this is going!
The Ugly: Not going to be able to take the youth of America hunting or fishing because of rising cost of access to hunt and fish.

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from Btatanish wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good - Today hunters have more access to information than ever before and can travel any where they want to hunt, if they can " Afford it ". Much better quality than ever before because of past deer management programs at the state levels.

The Bad - The start of a new era of deer management that now thinks the timber is more important than the deer we hunt. Many states will develope new managment programs based on other factors, not just deer numbers & hunters interest.

The Ugly - In coming years deer populations will be reduced to save the timber & auto insurance interest.
Joe Average hunter will be the "Big Looser".....

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from ricefarm wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Having an outdoor activity for kids that gets them outside and gives them an option to hyper-competitive school sports.

Bad: Emphasis on trophy bucks is bad, but I've also seen guys who shoot the first thing that comes along just to get something. I support putting meat in the freezer but I've seen some pretty small does hanging, shot by guys who were in a hurry to get back to the beer cooler.

Ugly: I've probably been too careful about not taking a shot unless I have a good clean look at a reasonable distance but I've come to realize there are plenty of guys out there that have no problem shooting at a buck running through brush hoping for some kind of miracle.

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Larger deer herd, longer seasons.

The Bad: Too many trespassers who lack respect for the landowners.

The Ugly: Way too many unethical, poorly trained "hunters" that shoot with the hope they might hit the deer. As someone else put on here a few weeks ago, its the "spray and pray" tactic.

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from brentru wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Whitetails are everywhere and in many places seasons are being expanded to help manage the population. Urban archery seasons are a great thing if you are a bowhunter.

Bad: Infighting amongst hunters (bow vs. crossbow; gun vs. bow; baiting vs. no baiting, shooting spikes vs. letting them grow up, etc.) leaves the door wide open for the anti's to exploit the seams and ruin the day for everyone.

Ugly: The industry has promoted the trophy aspect of deer hunting so much that it has helped create divisions in the hunting community (high fence vs. low/no fence, etc.) and encourages poachers to do what they do (as evidenced by the 4 headless deer my son found dumped in a creek recently). The hunt should be about the experience, shared time together and enjoying the meat on the table, not about how big the rack is.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

sorry about that I meant to say anyone can hunt

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from John L wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Great comments on here. Now all need to attend G&F department meetings and let them know.
Our voices are only heard...if they are heard.
Good: Lots of deer
Bad: Too many deer in some places.
Ugly: Old management practices.

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from pillagermn wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: Technology, With the advances made in clothing alone hunters can stay afieid much longer in the harshest weather giving them a better oppurtunity to fill the freezer.

The Bad: Technology, Although the pictures are great, trail cameras have taken the sport in the wrong direction. What happened to the joy of being outdoors. Take a walk in the woods to learn new areas. See nature first hand. Trail cameras are the lazy man's scouting tool. (No time to scout? No time to hunt!) They will also decrease the private land access we look for. With all the hype surrounding rack size who would allow a stranger the possibility of harvesting "our" buck. (We have several pictures of him you know)

The Ugly: Technology, Soon enough an average hunter will be able to shoot several rounds into a paper cup from a thousand yards, blindfolded!

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from Jim Berardi wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Big antlers & the quest for them is beginning to having a negative affect on our sport in my opinion. I live & hunt in "Ohio" & it has become a hotspot for trophy hunting the last few years because of all the national attention from B & C sized bucks harvested here recently. This has made it almost impossible to get permission to hunt unless your wealthy & can afford to fork over BIG $ for big bucks. Leases are the norm now with prices doubling over the last few seasons! Because of this many Younger hunters are being forced to the public lands where the deer are growing scarcer every year.Is BIGGER really better? Not always think about ones ego, your weight or our national debt! Way too much jealousy comes into play with big antlers anymore & hunters forget what hunting is truly about- nature, solitude or just making lifelong memories with special people regardless of the harvest! I arrowed a trophy ten point this year but my first buck(small 3 point) was still more special because Dad was at my side that day when I was 13 years old.

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from copperhead wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

the good: conservation planning has greatly increased the deer here in mississippi over the past 15 years i have been hunting.

the bad: under harvest of does in this state makes it hard to find big bucks which leads me to the ugly

the ugly: people shooting anything with a set of antlers and not letting them grow

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from Brittle wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Good: Quality deer and still lots of deer #'s due to management

Bad: Way too much hype about antlers and not enough about fun with family.

Ugly: Private Hunting land being secret spots for only a couple people and not general hunters

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from northtowntv wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: I'm still interested in hunting. I spend the first 5 days of Michigan's firearm season with my dad and close family friends. I travel 7 hours to the great Upper Peninsula every year for this time at camp and in the woods. I wouldn't miss it for the world!

The Bad: My bow hunting time in SW Lower Michigan is gradually getting worse every year. Even though the whitetail hunting is generally good in this area, it gets more difficult each passing year to find consistent land to hunt. Private land owners are not as willing to allow access to there land. Public land is 90% of the time a waste of time due to run ins with other hunters. My children are almost of age to take hunting...seems in jeopardy though.

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from woodpecker wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good- t.v. shows and articles that help us understand the fish and game we seek and help us get the most out of the ones we do catch.

The bad-technology that gives us the a much bigger advantage than the game we seek and states like New york that the money, but do very little for the sportsmen.

The ugly- my top two things are, baiting areas for deer and bear and jerks running out of breath and high-fiving each other.[shame on you].

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from Tony Berg wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: A fall day spent in your favorite woods.

The Bad: To much technology. Thats why we go in the woods, to get a break from computers and the phone ringing all the time and the daily rush.

The Ugly: Wanna be hunters who poach, trespass, take unethical shots, bend or break hunting laws, spend no time learning the woods they hunt and the animal they are hunting.

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from catfish12g wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The good: People are still interested in hunting deer and using the meat and not throwing it away or leaving it in the field
The Bad: Many people take deer hunting for granted and kill more than allowed which can have a serious effect on deer population when multiple people are doing it
The Ugly: I am still a teenager and recently went to public land not far from my home along the Red River on the Texas side. When we got out of the truck, it seemed the earth had been replaced with all sorts of bullet casings and shotshells and beer bottles. It sicken me to see our hunting land and beutiful part of my home state to be trashed like this and to not have a park ranger patrolling the land? There were people shooting rifles and handguns which are forbiden along with people on the Oklahoma bank who were so drunk when we went to the edge of the bluff they began firing at us. I do not thing I will ever hunt public land again as there are no animals which could live in such conditions along with the lawlessness which occures

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from antlercrazy wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

The Good: More hunters are beginning to practice better deer management.
The Bad: Many hunters don't see deer as meat on the table but rather as a trophy to hang on the wall.
The Ugly: Hunters are beginning to become desperate for a trophy and will do just about anything for it.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Shout out to Kentucky that reported 110,356 whitetails harvested, 54% males. Bourbon, basketball, and great hunting what a hell of a state. SEC baby.

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I just wish the dang poachers would stay off my land. Not a whole lot I can do there will always be criminals

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The good: We are learning and using more information and tactics on building a healthy herd in most places.
The bad;High price leases, poaching for a price tag in other words companies paying antlers it is not what this is meant to be.
The ugly: bureaucratic nightmare that is states natural resource mangers many taking popular opinion into there choices and many times stepping over trained biologists and qualified individuals recommendations to please special interests.

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

GOOD: The relative ease with which we can educate ourselves, at whatever experience level we may be. There are tons of shows, books, web sites and magazines that make it so you are only limited in your search for knowledge by your ability to search and any time limitations on you.
BAD: Many of those same shows, books, web sites and magazines are "rack intensive" with their coverage and information.
UGLY: Hunters are afraid to openly be hunters. In the spirit of being as least offensive as possible, many hunters succumb to political correctness about what they do. EVIDENCE "Hunter speak"; you don't "harvest" an animal, you "harvest" crops. If you hunt, you are going out to kill something and eat it. It is as old as humanity itself - call it what it is.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Good. Lots of deer. Longer and more seasons and plenty of hunting Opportunities.

Bad. Increasing License fees. Rising cost of ammo, guns and gas while economy remains stagnant.

Ugly. Too much posted land and too many slob hunters who make us all look bad (which could lead to the posters). oh, and hunters stealing from hunters. Whoever stole my stand and cameras, i hope you get what you deserve.

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from Jimbo123 wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Miss Muley I like your thinking. Sounds like you got some background in Wildlife Science/Management. One other thing like that hat! Is it a Stormy Kromer?

The Good: The management plans that the state wildife agencies are putting into effect are staring to work. These plans have to stay science based not political based or we might end up back at early management practices. I'm starting to notice more and more mature bucks being harvested and roaming the woods.

The Bad: Hunters are still complaning in some states about not enough deer in the woods. People have to realize that the populations were reduced for a reason. That reason is to keep the habitat sustainable for wildlife to survive and to not eat themselves out of food and cause more harm then good.

The Ugly: Its not dealing with just whitetail hunting. Its dealing with everykind of hunting and being involved in the outdoors in general and that is trying to get more youth involved in the outdoors.

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from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The Good: Deer everywhere. Every time I go hunting I see deer, and manage to kill at least one a year.

The Bad: Less and less places to hunt. All of the land is suddenly being posted as people in the rural areas discover they can make money off of deer.

The Ugly: When hunters can't find a place to hunt they do stupid things like trespass and spotlight. It seems like the locking up of lands is causing more people to break the rules.

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from Drew YoungeDyke wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The Good: Technology - Hunters sharing strategies, experience, trading tips and recommendations. The internet has become one big deer camp poker table for hunters.

The Bad: Technology - Hunters increasingly relying on gadgets instead of woodsmanship, focusing on the success of the hunt rather than the means employed to achieve it.

The Ugly: Game ranches and (most)hunting TV shows, glorifying the killing of farm animals and presenting it as hunting wild game.

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from Kingmauser wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

The good: more deer than ever
The good: bow, muzzleloader, modern gun seasons

The bad: trophy hunting and feeder shooters
The bad: decreased public land to hunt on
The bad: escalating costs of hunting related gear

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from Kingmauser wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Another bad: hunting shows........non hunters think you walk into the woods and game presents itself for killing much like these stupid hunting shows. Perception of hunting by the ignorant non-hunting public is worse than it's ever been and we should all strive to represent hunting the best way we can.

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from Georgia Grinch wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Good:
Simply this - Better management. Quality Deer Management is responsible for increased knowledge and higher ethics standards, which in turn has lead to more trophy animals, better stewardship of resources and an overall healthier deer herd.

The Bad:
The crazed competition to take a high scoring whitetail -Every year, hunters are drawn further and further away from the simple pleasures of the outdoors because of their new obsession - The score sheet.

The Ugly:
Money - The entire industry has turned greedy. From products and television to paid hunts and land/lease prices, it's all about the BUCK (Pun Intended) making hunting less and less accessible to the masses.

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

i gotta say the bad thing is most of the adults support their kids hunting in unproper ways. most of the kids i go to school with never hunt legally all they do is spotlight if thats what you have to do to kill deer i guess you should stay home.

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

With more pope and young records being set all the time we are in great shape

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