August 31, 2013 at 7:56am
I can understand why its like it is. It seems like it would make sense to break it up by parish lines, but the seasons are set around the rutting dates and even within parishes the rut can be variable. For instance, Calcasieu Parish deer in the south are going to rut early nearest the coast and in the piney woods will rut a little later. In Area 2 in Ouachita Parish, the west side of the Ouachita River experiences an earlier rut than the east side.
Hunt r of course will not agree with the 'why'! but
I think the thread on floodplains and hurricanes can explain a lot of the 'why' they rut like that, but LDWF wants to maximize the number of days we get to hunt during the rut and they are doing that with the current setup of areas