If that were the case why did you inferred or promote OBR? Last I checked you can still buy one buck tag. Why would you restrict and drive hunter attrition by discouraging more days hunting afield and loss of economic revenue?I’m a firm believer of shoot what makes you happy. I just feel this topic could be managed better.
Wasn’t looking to debate the issue, it was a simple question, Will Michigan ever become a one buck state.If that were the case why did you inferred or promote OBR? Last I checked you can still buy one buck tag. Why would you restrict and drive hunter attrition by discouraging more days hunting afield and loss of economic revenue?
What reason is there to make it mandatory, or why would you want one buck rule?
Keep in mind 56% of Michigan hunters buy or purchase combo licenses. Only 17% bought one tag licenses. Which is even fewer than those buying antlerless tags of 26%
Also noteworthy is the fact only 6% actually ended up harvesting two antlered bucks? I see no reason to limit when not only the majority of hunters want the combo tag but more importantly the resources is not affected negatively by it.
This is from the 2017 harvest report attached. The 6% can be found in the opening abstract paragraph, 7th sentence. The amount of licenses sold 620'932, and the breakdown of 17% single tag, 26% antlerless tags, and 56% combo tags can be found on page 16, figure 6.
So again, "What reason is there to make it mandatory, or why would you want one buck rule?" It shows it has no significant harvest or reduction of antlered bucks, but is the majority of license revenue.
Just can not understand why anyone especially if they are "a firm believer of shoot what makes you happy", would want to promote or infer restricting someone else, from doing that?
Nobody has a crystal ball or can predict the future. Data that we presently have suggests, no. No such data or sound reasoning exists to make it one either, at least presently.
We were a 1 buck state until about '77. A number of us hunted under that rule. A lot more of us hunted under the 4 buck rule. My god, that was fun.
I don't believe so. The state's not going to turn down the amount of extra $$$ the combo tag provides imo. & On a personal note; If it had been in place this year, I'm not sure I would have made the decision to shoot the small 6 point that walked by me in mid October. He was using his knee as his foot & kept falling down. I knew it was the right thing to do & I didn't think twice about doing it. Now I'd like to sit here & tell you that I would have still took that shot & ended his suffering, but if it was the only buck tag I had for the year, & I had proof of a couple stud bucks in my area like I did this year, I honestly don't know if I would have. Would've been in a lose lose situation, mad at myself for not doing the right ethical thing, or pissed that I was done buck hunting with 2 of the biggest bucks in my area that I had ever hunted. Thankfully I had the combo. I realize that this is probably not common & I might not have to do something like that again. But it did happen, just saying.
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