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The proposed 2016-2017 deer-hunting dates are: :deer:

Archery - September 24th to February 5<SUP>th</SUP>
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Youth-only firearms season – November 19<SUP>th</SUP> and 20<SUP>th</SUP>

General firearms season – November 28<SUP>th</SUP> to December 4<SUP>th</SUP>
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“Bonus†two-day general firearms season – December 28th and 29<SUP>th</SUP>

Statewide muzzle-loading season – January 14<SUP>th </SUP>to January 17<SUP>th</SUP>
 

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The interesting thing about the 2015-2106 season is that the masses clamored for reduce limits and got them, however the overall harvest was up 8%.


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Modest gain from last year, but still below the 2013/14 harvest.

I think the weather contributed to increased hunter activity in the woods which contributed to the increase.
 

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Not sure the weather helped out, I remember it raining cats and dogs for that 2 day gun season and muzzle loader season wasn't much better.
 

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By this time tomorrow there will be 20 posts from people complaining about the dates.......
I'll start early... I just don't get making the bonus gun season in the middle of the week.
 

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Because not everyone has weekend days off.
Yes this is true. I just wonder if the ''big plan'' is to rotate it every year, which would in time include partial weekends which would be the best of both worlds IMHO. Lots of folks have the week off between holidays week off and school's out.
 

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The two day bonus being during the week is a compromise between the "I want the two day season back" crowd and the "we need to reduce the number of deer killed" crowd. Fewer people are going to be available to go out, even if it's 10,000 and estimating that 1/3 will be successful that 3,000 fewer deer killed than if it was on a weekend when those 10,000 could go out.

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I'll start early... I just don't get making the bonus gun season in the middle of the week.

the division is trying to reign in the harvest without decreasing opportunity. If you want to hunt bad enough most are able to make it happen. But they also realize that not as many will hunt weekdays vs weekends. Therefore the opportunity is not taken away, but harvest will be reduced. I personally like it.
 

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I guess I'll kill my deer either way but it seems if they want us to kill less deer just lower the bag limit per county and leave the dates when most people can hunt. Lowering the states total deer kill is not the solution on a per county problem.
As far as the weekend warrior, I don't mind them. They just help get more deer up and moving. Send 'em my way!
 

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They are bonus days. Why look a gift horse in the mouth. The addition of weekdays is not a big deal. I do not care if seasons are not framed around my personal schedule.
No one is required to hunt any day of any season, do not like the days/dates stay home.
 
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