I was totally against APR at it's inception, BUT, could it be working?? LAKE COUNTY !!
Why? Now would be the best time to see if APRs are working or not. Zero hunting pressure, bachelor groups traveling together; what other factors could you ask for to gauge gauge the true quality of the local buck population.I'm going to reserve my vote until after this season closes. It does look prromising. I didn't photo the usual amount of spikes and forks??? Where are they ??
Statewide the DNR harvest reports over the last several years show a noticeable decline in buck harvest. Public land success is horrendous. If anyone is interested and gets a chance read those reports. There is alot of telling information in there.APRs working? The jury is still out. A few pictures don't tell us much just as a few guys shooting larger bucks don't tell us much. Most of the opposition wasn't that APRs wouldn't lead to older bucks but was against the process.
I agree it was the whole process that didn't sit well with most folks. But once they start seeing more older bucks maybe they will have a change of heart. I know being a strictly public land Hunter Pickens can be slim on bucks and we usually killed the first buck that came by. But I have learned over the last few years not to worry about if I let it go someone else will kill it. If it happens , it happens. I still hunt for the love of it .APRs working? The jury is still out. A few pictures don't tell us much just as a few guys shooting larger bucks don't tell us much. Most of the opposition wasn't that APRs wouldn't lead to older bucks but was against the process.
ARs seem to have popular appeal because, like the “buck law” of earlier times, the restrictions seem to make sense. However, the consequences of imposing ARs have not been fully appreciated by many people. Very simply, you cannot produce more old bucks by targeting older bucks. That, too, should make good sense.
Years of experience and research in Western states has shown that ARs, when mandated for public hunting, do not result in more deer or larger-antlered deer. Can we expect different results in Eastern states?