How has it worked out in Indiana as far as access? Did the 1 buck rule make any difference one way or the other? More or less locked up land? More or less pressure on public ground? Do you see more older bucks with inferior racks?
Personally, I'd love to see it happen here but what I want means nothing. There is no way that iowa is going to make any moves that appear to limit deer harvest from what it already is. Real world affects won't matter. It's a fun discussion but I doubt it ever happens.
Restricting buck tag opportunity even more will increase the feeling of urgency in people to make sure they solidify their own locked down private ground.
I've got TROPHY BUCK fever from the huntin shows I've watched.
I'm only allowed one buck tag, so on only one chance annually to bag me a big-un. Better make my time and $ count!
Too much competition on public ground.
Can't gain access to any private ground without renting or buying my own.
Better lock down my own private ground and keep everyone else out, so I can farm TROPHY BUCKS for myself. (Only adding to the problem.)
Don't make enough $ to rent or buy my own ground, so screw this hunting stuff anyway. (Discouraging people from getting into hunting, or continuing to hunt.)
It's just another thing to feed the juggernaut that Iowa deer hunting has become.
We have it here in Indiana, only thing that has saved our buck quality as we can use any weapon here (full crossbow and rifle). If we were killing 2 bucks we would have 0 left
No doubt, but if the land is locked down, what good does it do for the average Joe hunter, (who happens to be 95%+ of the total hunting population)?... I would like to mention that these landowners "locking down private" are having a great impact, positively, on the deer herd that would NEVER be done without them. Never. The amount of habitat work that needs done, and the cost associated is astronomical to many hunters. ...
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No doubt, but if the land is locked down, what good does it do for the average Joe hunter, (who happens to be 95%+ of the total hunting population)?
I'm a landowner myself, (not enough to 'manage' a deer herd on). I personally do have the means to rent / buy and lock down a good chunk of property to 'manage' a deer herd for myself, but I choose not to because I don't want to become part of what I see as a / the accessibility problem for my fellow average Joe's.
With that said, I'd still personally prefer to have easy access to more property with less 200" bucks running around the state, (like 20-30 years ago), than I would to have extremely limited access to property with tons of 200" bucks running around the state, (like today, and mostly on the land that I can't hunt). I believe most average Joe hunters share in my sentiment, but I could be wrong.
As for illegal tagging practices within party hunting... Criminals will always be criminals. Example: Politicians are fighting tooth and nail to take law abiding citizens guns away, or at least make it difficult for them to obtain guns, in order to prevent criminal 'gun violence'. This is one of the stupidest arguments I've ever heard. It won't stop the criminals, because they never obeyed the rules to begin with.
If you personally know of someone breaking the law, turn them in. Do people think that illegal tagging practices don't take place in non-party hunting seasons? Criminals will always be criminals.
I know some of my views aren't very popular on this site, and I'm okay with that. We don't have to agree on everything. I respect all of you and appreciate that we can have calm and rational dialog without anyone getting cancelled.
I agree 180-200” always be super rare. My concern is: the trend is to LESS of them lately vs more overall IMOHere's a thought, is every anysex tag sold in iowa ALWAYS used and ALWAYS used on a buck? No they're not. If you think going to a one buck limit will suddenly make 180 to 200 inch B&C deer available everywhere you hunt, pinch yourself so you'll wake up from the dream you're having.
Let's not forget the landowners are the ones who furnish a large amount of habitat and food, so the rest of us can have quality deer to hunt.
The deer camp tradition is awesome and hope it lives. Deer drives are fine and an effective tool for deer management, but use your tag and that’s it. It would be hard to monitor but anything is better than the free for all it is now.There’s no doubt that going to 1 buck will make you think hard about taking that shot. Some might give a few more a pass.. Indiana demonstrates that.
I can’t comment for Iowa but here in Missouri, party hunting seems to be less and less of an issue. Certainly groups out there that still do it, but it seems the “deer camp” tradition is dwindling sadly. Along with that deer drives. So good and bad perhaps.