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Early Antlerless Season, YEY or NEY?

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I for one say ney. If they really want to reduce the herd in those areas then give out extra permits for free instead of charging for them. Even in the T.B. section they are still charging for them, although it is only $2.50, suppoosedly the fee for issueing them.

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I just hope we don't go back to the 1 season where everyone and their uncle is in the woods for one weekend.

I hunt the 3B season, and ever since you can shoot an antlerless deer during the 3A season, the deer have gotten so skittish that we have a much harder time hunting the deer.

I think I can get up to 5 intensive harvest permits, but whats the use when the deer have been scared silly for a few weeks already.

I would work on making the existing seasons work better together than add a new one.

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NEY, and I have harvested deer during the last two EA seasons and will be out this EA season. I just wish we had a late doe season instead of an early doe season. I've heard, and cannot argue with, all the scientific reasons to take extra deer earlier in the year, but I swear the remaining deer are extra hard to hunt after the EA season.

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If there was no early anterless season, what would we all complain about?

I have always hunted that weekend, admitedly most of the time with a bow, but I always hunt it. I have seen it a couple of ways. In the Cambridge area I have seen no difference in the deer activity durring or post hunt. Last year in Onamia after hunting the EA season, I did notice a change in deer activity. But not in the weeks fallowing the hunt, but IMEDIATELY after opening of regular firearms. The deer on our property went completely nocturnal after day one of the regular season. It has never happened that way in the past.

This year I think we are staying out of the onamia property for that weekend, so it will be interesting to see if there is as signigicant of a change this season. I am not sure what the neighboring hunters are going to do, but we will see.

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I say YEY!

At least in my area.

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NEY, at home the deer seemed a lot more skiddish with the EA than without, and nobody in our party even hunts it. Now realizing that it is next weekend, i couldn't go bowhunting this weekend (family visiting) next weekend i can, but of course i have to wear orange if i go bowhunting, which is at home. madmad And in two weeks i can't because i will be out of town. I wish they would go to a late anterless season. How many less deer do you think are harvested durring the regular firearms season because they are more skiddish because of the EA? Probably impossible to directly determine.

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I agree with the late season. Why not run another couple weeks in December? It's better than disrupting the rest of the hunting going on.

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I agree with Roofer, I saw extend the season or do an extra doe only season that could combine the same time as muzzeloader or right after that

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I'm for a earn a buck for "ONLY" the gun season and also give out free doe tags with a purchase of a deer license(bow or gun). WI does it. I don't know why MN wants to wait till the deer herd gets too thick, like WI when they can possibly curtail it early.

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I believe the late season doe hunt is off of the table because of the amount of deer in parts of this state that "yard up" when the weather gets cold or snow gets deep. When that happens the deer can be extreamly vulnerable and the dnr does not like that. There are parts of this state that are closed to MZL because of the deers late season behaviors.

Hunter numbers are down. Deer harvest numbers need to stay at the levels they are at now. They decided the best way to go about it was with a doe only hunt in October when it is still warm outside and people will go out and hunt. If the extra hunt was held in december, very few of us or anyone else would go out and shoot another deer.

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I see your point neighbor_guy.

My thought was to extend the seasons. That way, maybe we wouldn't have to rush out for the two or three allotted weekends we have and maybe take a weekend off. I would rather hunt the later season with a better chance of snow. Also, maybe there wouldn't be so much hunting pressure all in a week or two. If it was a month long, a guy could take more time gun hunting like the bow hunters get to.

Imagine what this could do for the economy. More time for hunters heading out and more money spent.

I remember hunting when it was one buck per license only. Now, less than a mile from where we hunt, there is an EA season, and five tags possible per license. What happened?

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...There are parts of this state that are closed to MZL because of the deers late season behaviors....

Areas closed to muzzleload hunters:

1. Deer areas 203 (Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge) and 224 (Sherburne

National Wildlife Refuge).

2. Deer area 287 (Itasca State Park).

3. Refuges and other areas closed to firearms hunting are also closed to

muzzleloader hunting.

4. Rice Lake, Sandstone, and Rydell National Wildlife Refuges

from page 90 of 2008 regs

Not to hijack the thread, but I wanted to clear up something. There are no longer any regular areas closed for muzzleloaders. Parts of the arrowhead used to be closed for ML season, I think that changed last year. Now only a few refuges in the state don't allow ML hunting.

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