Self policing is great, who's policing the farmer permits, the hunters from out of state that come to NJ for unlimited or 9 antlerless bag limits. Control the bag limits not the season. I like having the opportunity to hunt on my days off rather than having to hunt when the woods are filled with the so called "Orange Army". I have personally passed on deer only to have them killed by a hunter from Vermont down the trail or the farmer down the road. So be it that's their prerogative, but by eliminating the farmer permits so they would have to allow hunters to hunt their land and reducing the bag limits it may cause guys to be more selective and police themselves.
I was told a story of 20 or so deer carcasses dumped on a WMA with the backstraps and hind quarters missing. When it was reported to the State the answer they had was it was most likely a farmer with a permit.
I ran into a hunter from Vermont in Pequest that shot a small 4 pointer that I passed on. He said he comes to NJ with a group of guys every year for six day and they kill every deer they can to take back home.
How do we fix that? Shorter season or bag limits?