This post may start some adversarial responses which is not my intention. I want to hear opinions from other hunters. I do realize that not everyone is a trophy hunter and take to woods for other reasons than harvesting a Boone and Crocket Whitetail. I myself am a serious trophy hunter and have a strong opinion and can't really understand why this season exists at this time of the year. I have not lived in Iowa all my life but have been here almost 20 years, so I have experienced all of what has made Iowa probably the best place in the United States for Whitetail hunting. I have hunted deer throughout the Country and sometimes an opinion of an outsider holds more credibility because I have seen the other side. It's human nature and we are all guilty of not knowing how good we have it......., let me tell the natives of Iowa you got it!!!!! Iowa is the Disney World and Las Vegas for Whitetail hunters. Is it the soil, the genetics, minerals or just a gift, either way the deer are here. I think now we are faced with a serious question, are the Trophy deer here to stay or is the quality that makes our state so special going to change. I think weather you are a after the big bucks or a meat hunter you can still appreciate the opportunity to see a world class deer that many hunters can only dream about. Technology in weapons that are becoming legal for deer hunting makes kills more proficient which is a hard argument to contradict, but the fact is, it definitely changes the age structure of our deer. Rifle cartridges and cross bows that are banging very hard on Iowa D&R doors is a big threat. Very quickly we can just be just another state to go deer hunting in. The late season rifle season is one I have tried very hard to understand, mostly the timing of the season itself. Controlling the population of deer is the goal of every state. Increasing the population of Trophy Bucks has never been the goal for the D&R and I understand, but the possibility of killing many off when they should not, I don't understand. It seems that having the season in the fall would be more affective and less risk of killing bucks. I know I am the minority in this one because I feel the shooting and presence of hunters in the timber would smarten the bucks up quickly and give them more of an edge. It definitely makes the challenge a bit more and levels the playing field for the deer. Going back to the issue of this post, is why does a deer hunter need an assault rifle with a 20-round clip for deer hunting? I have an AR and it is fun to shoot and have no problem with people having them, but not for deer hunting. I heard a late season hunter say that the extended season is "better than playing Call OF Duty". That statement was what inspired this post. I would like to hear other hunters' thoughts.