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HOW MANY TAGS ARE ENOUGH??
Posted: 08 December 2014 11:09 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Since the deer herd’s dramatic decline in the last decade.  We has hunters have to understand that the way the DNR is operating that the herd will never grow to a suitable size for all the permits that are being issued.  I want to open this up to hear what everyone’s thoughts are on: WHAT IS A PROPER NUMBER OF PERMITS THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR EACH RESIDENT HUNTER?  Also what is a proper number of permits allowed for a NON-RESIDENT HUNTER?  Now this will be for the entire hunting season.  For example if a resident hunter is allowed 3 permits they can shoot 3 deer with a bow or 3 with a gun.  It doesn’t matter what season or a limit during a season they can only take so many during the entire season.  I have my thoughts just want to see others ideas.  After 2 years of the worst harvest numbers for the permits issued things have to change!!

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Posted: 08 December 2014 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Muzzy, I think a 2 deer max for the year. Regardless of bow,shotgun,muzzleloader…Also no lws for all of illinois….......

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Posted: 08 December 2014 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Me and a lot of hunters around me would go for a 2 deer limit - all seasons - I’d even be happy with one buck limit.  Need to cut back on all permits issued and close bow season say first Sunday in January

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Posted: 08 December 2014 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I agree.  2 deer resident or nonresident.  For the next 3 to 5 years

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Posted: 08 December 2014 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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2 deer period one buck one doe , be it bow, crossbow , handgun , muzzle loader or shotgun . No late season and no out of state hunters for at least 5 years unless they own land in Illinois.  No more unlimited tags or over the counter tags. Stop Joe farmer from getting what is it 10 nuisance tags . Coons do more damage to corn than deer do. Start killing more coyotes. I would even support them stopping deer hunting in Illinois for a few years. I know the ego maniacs / fence sitters/ and brown its downers would have a tizzy fit , but oh well, let them go to Iowa or Ohio for a few years.  Oh and drop all big insurance that control the slaughter. Lat but not least stop the sale of all the deer attractants at all the farm stores that are ILLEGAL!. Rant over.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have sat back and pondered these thoughts after another long sit this weekend. I seen two does at less then 50 yard on Saturday am and thought I am not shooting you. I figured I would leave some stock in our area.

Also has anyone else caught on to when this decline in deer numbers started dwindling???? I recall its been about the same time we inherited our current self check in! I wonder how many deer go unchecked now?

I have also heard way to many guys talking about oh we shot like 4-5 does already this archery season then learned they don’t even eat any venison and they give them away. Everyone thinks that them 4-5 deer only are taking up vacancy on their property well they don’t! And when your neighbor next to you says I haven’t seen a deer HMMMMM?

We need some restrictions! asap !

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Posted: 08 December 2014 01:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Any one hunter who harvests more than 2 deer per year is showing complete disrespect for the whitetail herd, other hunters and future generations of hunters.  There is no need for one hunter to need more than 2 deer.  Put a strict 2 deer limit on everyone and be done with it.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 01:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Tags should be restricted based on population density.  If a county can only support say 500 deer to be killed it doesn’t do much good if you issue 2 permits for the 3000 hunters that hunt that county.  Bow permits should be county specific, same as gun.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 02:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Bought my place in 1989. Has the deer hunting ever changed! used to have herds of 9-13 deer come by a stand all the time! I sat every morning and evening but one and saw 2 total deer and probably heard 20 shots from surrounding areas. This is very sad.If they give anyone more than 2 total tags the next 3 years they got rocks in their head.Remember no EHD this year!

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Posted: 08 December 2014 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Two tags one buck one doe and county specific . One deer per out of stater whether they own ground or not also county specific and a very low number of them say 300 per county

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Posted: 08 December 2014 02:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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The state should issue 2 permits per hunter only.  These permits could be used for any weapon during any season.  Maximum of 1 doe or 2 bucks.  Shooting 2 bucks will not have as big an impact on the deer herd as shooting 2 does.  Also need to eliminate nuisance permits.  Put these regulations in place for 3-5 years and re-evaluate.  If populations rebound then they could have special rules or permits available in counties or regions with higher populations.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Can’t wait to see what it does to land prices. That mega buck golden triangle land won’t be worth 1/4 of what it is now. I hope it hits the big boys in the pocket book big time and puts the outfitters out!. At least in good ole Illinois. Wonder what our next state animal will be?.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 03:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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knoxcounty - 08 December 2014 02:25 PM

Can’t wait to see what it does to land prices. That mega buck golden triangle land won’t be worth 1/4 of what it is now. I hope it hits the big boys in the pocket book big time and puts the outfitters out!. At least in good ole Illinois. Wonder what our next state animal will be?.

Ummmm next state animal is the squirrel;)

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Posted: 08 December 2014 03:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Could be…but I was thinking Timber wolf / black bear / or cougar aren’t they protected as of January 2015. Maybe they will get some feral hogs in here to.  The state (big insurance) will ensure they kill every last deer. Sorry after this season, I don’t hold much hope for the whitetail deer. Very bitter pill to swallow.

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Posted: 08 December 2014 04:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I say high-fence ur farms and manage them the way u want too knox…....lol

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Posted: 08 December 2014 04:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Na freak . The state of Illinois would tax me per foot and throw me in jail for illegally harboring deer lol.  If your down on money you spend less, you cut back on certain things and sacrifice for others. Why not deer?. Because we have been spoiled by the good years when deer numbers were up and some people just have tunnel vision and cannot see or care how low the population really is. Even after they announce the second season totals DNR will make some hair brained excuse as to why it was so low and the brown its downers and fence sitters won’t give two rips.  I pray our new Governor elect sees the problem and has a termination party.

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