Skip, can you explain the message you tried too do in that clip? As in the term "better".
If "better" means bigger bucks, I will disagree. Most (want) a big buck but few will kill one unless they have a true passion for attaining that goal. And with that comes trying to gain exclusive permission on private lands that can and does keep the "hunting" tradition alive.
I've been on both sides of this and I'm WAY LESS gready now as I was once.
I once had MILES of prime riverbottoms( like 20) locked up for myself.
Didn't give two chit if I got a family with kids kicked out that hunted it for years.
I wanted my own playgrounds for one reason...BIG BUCKS.
I now long for the days when I could drive around and see gangs driving deer.
They are GONE!
Where once I could see hundreds of people on a day out hunting, now I may go a few days without a person out.
20 years ago I woulda thought this was "better", now its damn near depressing.
As for moving the hunts later, I'd kinda still like to see that but some years in Northern MN that would really hurt due to deep snow that would make access impossible.
Better is this ….
1) better than the current status of MN, MI, WI, MO, etc for balanced age structure as well as meat for the table. “BALANCED”. BETTER states would be attracting people vs the current state of them fleeing & youth not wanting to hunt.
2) BETTER - I’m meaning this…… what IOWA offers. (& we have our major problems with access & due to fact we only have 6% timber). BETTER means this…. States can still have the guys that want to “blast, get meat, whatever” but…. Due to regulations, all the young bucks are not targeted for destruction with guns in middle of rut…
BETTER results in the “serious guys” who want an OPPORTUNITY to hunt an older (& NATURAL) age class of bucks- in iowa we have this opportunity for BOTH GROUPS. Even on state land in iowa - a serious guy is able to hunt for an older buck - & has a real chance at being successful. In many of these poor states - that opportunity does NOT exist!!
I’ll state a fact…. Any regular state land around me- stuff that’s hunted hard - whatever….. there’s a better chance at an older buck on any public land in iowa than any private farm I’ve ever been able to hunt in MI. Public land in iowa destroys private farms in MI & many other states. & iowa has the least amount of public of any state!!! That may sound anecdotal but it’s true. & think about that…. Let’s put another way…. Any hunter with a bit of hunting skills can tag a 3-4 year old on public here….. I hunted 10-15 counties in MI For example & I think I’ve seen one buck that was 3.5 in my whole life. Maybe a handful of 2 year olds. Yes- that’s how bad it is. Put it another way…. My buddies from WI, MN, MI, PA, who hunt IA for the first time….. EVERY SINGLE ONE……. “I saw more older class bucks in one night than I did in last 10 years in MN” or whatever. I’ve heard this countless times in 20 years.
Have you hunted in MN, MI, WI, PA, etc??? Do you understand or can u comprehend how bad it is??? (Overall. Of course there’s rare exceptions or some guy that has 3000 acres, etc). If u haven’t seen it 1st hand - it’s hard to understand. It’s like comparing the USA to Haiti- one is vastly superior & if u have experienced the latter- you get how great it is here. (Unless ur a lib that hates this country
Last- by BETTER…. I mean - better than what it is. Doesn’t mean states or hunters are expecting 180’s. Or 5 year olds. But if you’re in an area where the 1-2 year olds are mowed down yearly - most the folks that “get it” are wanting a chance at a 3 or maybe a 4 year old. It’s not about trophies - it’s about a balanced age structure. What happens in 90% the areas of these states is madness. Why the folks that live there flock here!!!!!
On other hand….. when anyone who understands deer, basic biology, or even basic hunting…
& knows their system SUCKS….. let’s say the fight was over setting the gun season back “7 days” for example….. it’s mind boggling to see the opposition other than to call it “stubbornness, selfishness, ignorance, etc” cloaked in the cliche “tradition”.
**ACCESS in EVERY STATE has gotten harder. All states have gotten way worse!!!! & they have 5-10x the habitat!!!! We only have 6% timber!!!!! With more people wanting to come here!!!!
BOTTOM LINE: IOWA IS BETTER.
OTHER STATES ARE: WORSE.
Pretty simple- these states with 10x the habitat vs IA …. They COULD be way BETTER than iowa. WAY WAY BETTER. If anyone doesn’t think MO, WI & MN have potential to humiliate Iowa’s results…. You would be MISTAKEN!!!