I know that July is not normally a time to talk about deer hunting, but it is when rule changes occur. The recent release of proposed decreases in antler-less permits for some counties is both good and bad news in my opinion and I will tell you why.
The good news is that the deer population in some counties including Cass has been decreased in estimation. This is good news that will lead to a healthier deer population and less deer car and crop damage. It will not affect every area of the counties and, as outdoorsmen know, some areas of the county are full of deer while others have fallen off quite a lot. I know that there are multiple reasons for this decline and not all of them are from hunting.
I am happy that the extra antler-less permits and seasons has led to a more controlled deer population, but I do not agree with reducing the limits in some of these counties, yet.
The antler-less permits are to be lowered to three in Cass County and this will exclude us from the extra late antler-less season at the end of the coming hunting season. I think this wrong because the state is still issuing depredation permits in Cass County. I do not think these should be given if the antler-less permits are to be lowered.
I think that they should not be given out without more open rules and requirements on how they are taken and what is to be done with the deer taken using depredation permits over these next few months. The deer taken should have to be consumed and not just buried, burned, or destroyed. I know deer can do a lot of damage, but they are a natural wild animal and we are in their original area planting food they like, a lot.