ASHAMED OF THE PGC
By Pete Kingsley

THERE ARE MANY ISSUES TO COMPLAIN ABOUT WITH THE PGC, BUT GOING BACK TO KILL ALL THE DOES FOR A TWO-WEEK CONCURRENT DEER SEASON IN ESPECIALLY 2G IS ENOUGH TO PISS EVERYONE OFF WHO HUNTS 2G AND OTHER MANAGEMENT AREAS IN THE BIG WOODS COUNTRY. I KNOW WHAT IS BEHIND ALL THIS, BUT THAT IS FOR A MUCH LONGER LETTER ALONG WITH A DISCUSSION WITH JEFF MULHOLLEN.

I HAVE BEEN HUNTING WITH A LARGE HUNTING GANG FOR 50 YEARS IN THE COUNTIES OF CLINTON, CENTRE, POTTER AND CAMERON FOR BEAR AND DEER BY THE METHOD OF DRIVING FOR THESE GAME ANIMALS IN THE NASTY STEEP SIDE HILLS OF THESE COUNTIES, SOME OF THESE DRIVES FILLED WITH THICK RHODODENDRON AND LAUREL BUSHES THAT YOU CAN HARDLY GET THROUGH AND CLIFFS.

SO PGC DON'T SAY YOU HAVE TO GET OFF THE ROAD AND NO WE DO NOT SIT ALL DAY IN A TREE STAND LIKE YOU SEE ON TV !! THESE DRIVES PUT OUT A FEW REALLY NICE BUCKS AND A FEW DOES. WITH DISCUSSION WITH OUR GROUP HUNTERS, WE PUT THE BUCK TO DOE RATIO ABOUT ONE BUCK TO EVERY THREE OR FOUR DOES. I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE RATIO AND I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NUMBER OF MORE DEER IN SOME AREAS. I AM UPSET WITH NOW WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO WHAT THE PGC DID 20 YEARS AGO AND WIPE OUT THE SOMEWHAT IMPROVEMENT OF THE DEER POPULATION. 

SOME OF THE AREAS WE PUT DRIVES ON THERE IS NO EASY ACCESS. WE CROSS RIVERS, WALK LONG DISTANCES, UP MOUNTAINS, DOWN MOUNTAINS. WHY DO I SAY ALL THIS, BECAUSE NO ONE HUNTS DOES IN THESE AREAS! TO HARD A HUNTING FOR THE DOE HUNTER. THERE ARE STILL VERY FEW DEER! WHY PREDATION FROM ALL THE PREDATORS! THE DEER POPULATION IS THAT LOW YOU WILL NEVER SEE LARGE DEER HERDS AGAIN! BY HUNTING SEASON, YOU SEE VERY FEW FAWNS! PREDATORS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN KILLED THEM! KIDS WANT TO SEE DEER! THEY ARE THE FUTURE HUNTERS! THEY SEE THREE OR FOUR DEER THEY ARE EXCITED! SEE NO DEER, YOU HAVE LOST THEM! I KNOW I HAVE SEEN IT WITH MY OWN KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. TITLE 34 SAYS YOU THE PGC ARE TO MANAGE GAME ANIMALS FOR ADEQUATE OPPORTUNITY, THAT SURE THE HECK IS NOT HAPPENING IN ALL GAME SPECIES.

YES, ON PRIVATE LAND, FARM LAND COUNTRY AND TOWNS AND CITIES YOU MAY HAVE A SERIOUS DEER PROBLEM, BUT PLEASE LET THERE BE DECENT HUNTING IN THE BIG WOODS COUNTRY WHERE GOOD HUNTING SHOULD BE.

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