A lot of people are saying that the recent antler restrictions that have been applied in Maine are incorrect. There are no questions about all the many ways to manage a deer herd, but before there is an argument about how to manage them, there should be some research done on the demographics and the ways that we can improve the management plan.

The APR’s had some problems when it comes to managing the deer herd, and it shouldn’t take a deer biologist to see all of the gaps and holes in their management. Today’s hunter is intelligent to know good enough data and make wise decisions.

To address this issue, we have to ask ourselves, ‘what exactly is the problem here?’ The lack of deer seems to be the problem in the whitetail deer restrictions. This is just the starting point of where we take off too. A lot of the hunters have seen the dramatic decline in the harvests and deer herd throughout Maine firsthand over the span of 5 to 6 years.

However, some believe that Maine’s deer population problem is not the only problem found with the deer herds. It is believed that there is a quality problem with the herd, and there is a sex ratio problem as well. Of course, there is no actual data to back this statement up.

When does are shot, this reduces the amount of deer in the herd because there are no females to carry on the population which means no chance for growth. This can be a problem if you’re trying to allow the herds to grow but up the number of doe tags that a hunter can have.

If you want to reduce the number of deer that you have, than by all means: shoot the does. This is why the sex ratio is not really an argument. The ratio does not need to be balanced; we just need more deer in general whether they are female or male offspring. You need more does than bucks to do this.

APR’s might be a good solution to the problem, but think of all the other work that they have done in the past. Did it work? When the system was used in PA, they had an overgrown deer herd and they wanted to reduce it down to what Maine’s herd numbers are now which is a healthy range. We do not want to kill off deer in this situation; we want to increase the numbers in the herds. Would APR’s be the best solution to this problem?

We need to know the percentage of yearling bucks to make an accurate assumption of what needs to be done, and which deer we should not be hunting. We do not know if the doe to buck ratio is unbalanced because the count was never done. APR’s are ill conceived and usually done in haste so there are no real numbers. We need to think about better ways to increase the deer herd while also collecting valuable information.

The key here is more does than bucks in the forests in order for the does to reproduce fresh offspring throughout the months.

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