Did you ever wonder about our D.N.R? They are supposed to use Scientific Wild Life Management according to Proposal G passed in 1996. Look at how many times they have changed deer hunting regulations. Perhaps this time they may get it right especially if they would drop the Antler Point Restriction and let the hunter choose the type of buck they are looking for. The majority of hunters in nine counties were not contacted in the flawed surveys that they conducted, “ie” survey sent to a nonresident in Washington State.
There was also a survey done by a group, throughout the whole United States and they found that most hunters wanted meat to eat, not antler points. Our DNR would rather bow to Special Interest Groups for Scientific Management of our Resources, especially when they pay for something and it gets done. Then the DNR can save their money for Wages and Benefit Packages. Also, did you ever hear of the N.R.C. not agreeing with the DNR, or changing anything?
What is a successful turkey hunt, getting a bird or just the opportunity to be in the woods with Nature? Back in the early years during the 70’s, I hunted and if I saw a turkey whether I got it or not it was a success. While scouting for turkeys in the evening we put turkeys to bed. The next morning we got in the woods before daylight and set up under some trees. When we called the toms gobbled to our left on our ridge. Then a hen over our heads putted and flew away from us. When the tom flew down to the valley away from us we knew it was over. Then some nice deer came along our ridge, with plenty of squirrels we had a good day.
Run and Gun; good or not? Good sometimes yes and no. During a hunt in the 80’s while hunting I called and heard a gobble off a ways, but I couldn’t get him to come. Then I decided to go to another area about 1?4 mile sneaking over to find another bird but no luck. Going back to my truck about 11:00am I hear a gobble where I had set up before. When I crawl up a ridge the tom is on the other side. He finally gets in range and this time I got lucky. If my truck wasn’t there I never would have gotten this bird. You never know.