Check it out
March 01, 2009 at 11:49am
Nutcracker,why don't you type in "Arkansas Game & Fish" on your browser and check their site. According to AG&F,they have OVER a million deer in the State. Although, I own hunting property in La.,and am a life-long Louisiana resident and do all my hunting there, we have a house and small acreage in Union County,Ar. between Magnolia and El Dorado.During the closed La. hunting season, I spend about half my time in Ar.(my wife works in Ar.,and I sort of like her). We have had the Ar. property about 4&1/2 years. Union County supposedly has the highest deer harvest numbers in the State,and probably the highest road-kill of deer. In talking to some of the local hunters and seeing their deer,we are much better off in La. when it comes to deer weights and antler size from our La.'s piney woods,and that's despite Arkansas' 4 points-on-one-side rule. Maybe this is because of our more liberal limits that keeps the population a little more in check. But,as with any estimate of animal populations,it is mainly and educated guess. If you live in an area with few deer,then you tend to think that is typical of your entire State. In my La. hunting area,there are way too many deer,which leads me to believe the LDW&F when "they" say we are over-populated with deer as a State..,but I don't think per hunting District. That's one reason I have been arguing for deer limits,does and bucks,to be set according to the deer population estimates for each District area,rather than the one-size-fits-all in most areas as it is now. Too, I think some of the Districts need to be split into smaller ones..viz,Area 2..but it probably ain't gonna happen!Now, if you do go into the AG&F site,you will see that it is so much superior to our LDW&F site.If you explore the AG&F site,you will see all the "data" Ar. collects and publishes that La. doesn't. That "data" on deer is due to the long-standing mandatory checking system that Ar. has.(?) Maybe,when we really get all our hunters to buy into the tagging program and comply with that law,we can come up with more accurate "data",too,that may help our Dept. do a better job of "management" if that's what we want. I didn't mean to go on with this,but one other thing..AG&F holds annual public meetings that are well-attended,and where the hunters are divided into different study groups at these meetings. These groups get a consensus of the thinking of each group on seasons and limits,etc.,and pass them along to the AG&F at the meeting. These consensus' are actually used by the AG&F. If you have ever attended a public meeting with our LDW&F,you will see very low turn-out,and leave with the impression that it is a "had to do" meeting and a "it's them against us" attitude with "us" being the hunters, and a "can't wait to get outta here" by the LDW&F personnel. But, whose fault is that? Ours,maybe,by not showing interest by attending and speaking out civilly,and offering meaningful suggestions...and listening,too? Every interested hunter should find the meeting this month in their area and attend.
I won't get into Ar's game law enforcement vs. our litter patrol guys. Sorry I went so long.