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Like you I noticed the herd way down in zone 4, all public land and I can only police myself. I refuse to purchase a shotgun permit, in fact I have shot one doe in the last 12 years. Bow, or muzzleloader seasons anterless deer get a free pass from me. This year I have seen larger groups of deer and every time I hunted this year I've seen branch antler bucks

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I see more deer in an hour in zone 10+11 than I see in a month in zone 5... may just be my general area.. zone 5 is huge.

I live near Whittingham wma. There isn't much, and whatever there is seems nocturnal.http://www.jerseyjaystaxidermy.com

Jay I live about 5 miles from you on the other side of Fredon. Come sit in my yard one night it's like a parade. Lol

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I am seeing a refreshing uptick in z5 deer numbers this season, and definitely more does than last year. In my local area (a few square miles) I still observed more bucks than does (true does, not counting fawns). If you are in z5 and are overun with deer - then it's not getting enough hunting pressure and you should PM me for help...   Where Jay lives - a lot of the issue is because 10 years ago, the forests had been so overbrowsed there is literally no undergrowth at all, and most of the forest is mature and in need of some cuts, combined with too much unlimited antlerless.

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The state allowing unlimited doe and hunters taking their lead have destroyed the deer heard in this state. There might be pockets of deer in areas but for the most part the deer population is way down. The state has no clue about management of wildlife.


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