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Offline dreamingbig

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #60 on: February 18, 2020, 08:27:39 PM »
The unfortunate reality is that without proper predator management (not going to happen, given up hope) there arenít going to be enough elk to support the harvest rates that advanced weapons bring.

The entire state will need to move to archery only to reduce harvest rates and or hold 1 day hunts for modern firearm.


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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #61 on: March 11, 2020, 06:00:42 PM »
Iím still trying to figure out why a trolling, argument inducing thread full of assumptions was deemed important enough to qualify as a sticky.  :dunno:

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #62 on: April 18, 2020, 09:44:15 PM »
All three weapons have equal difficulty in hunting for different reasons. Archery, distance, accuracy, lack of hunters pushing elk around, and (no we don't get to hunt prime rut). Muzzy, distance, accuracy (no scopes) and lack of other hunters pushing elk around. Modern, hunting after rut, after two other weapon seasons and competing with to many other hunters. The harvest success rates prove this.
So it's not the weapon choices that is the problem. It's the management.

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2020, 01:01:08 PM »
The WDFW/ Washington "Kill em all, or Save them All mentality does not work.  set low conservative number of cow tags for every group and let it ride for 5 years.

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2020, 06:30:17 PM »
IMO- If the lack of Predator management, Tribal Hunting, etc. continues the way it is; our Big Game herds will continue to dwindle down to the point the WSDFW will have to move to a draw only system and close areas such as the Blues in an attempt to rebuild the populations. I donít see our herds lasting another 10-15 years at the current pace. Iím no expert, but common sense and simple logic says the herds are in trouble. The drastic reduction in Quality permits seems to be the first step. What really upsets me is all the doe, second deer, youth, etc. permits. The Department is continuing to offer them year after year in an attempt to collect revenue that they should be collecting elsewhere if they were managing our Big Game properly. We will always have some form of hunting in Washington, but how good of hunting will it truly be. Now Grizzly bears are moving in. Imagine all the elk and moose calves that wonít make it, due to Grizzlyís and of course wolves all over the state.

Iíve never hunted elsewhere, but Iím strongly considering investing my money in Alaska, Arizona, and New Mexico if this negligence continues. They need to scrap the current Department and hire in some folks with a proven track record of understanding how to properly manage Big Game and the finances that come with it. 2 cents

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2020, 07:33:54 PM »
Eliminate scopes and semi auto rifles.  Open sight single shot.  Regulate to hard cast ammo only.  Shut out some gmus's.  Yup make em equal.  All get 1 week in october rotating annual. :tup: :chuckle:
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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #66 on: June 09, 2020, 03:43:19 PM »
Maybe WDFW's goal should be for all categories/weapons to harvest close to the same amount of game and or have the same opportunity.

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #67 on: June 11, 2020, 04:57:22 AM »
Maybe WDFW's goal should be for all categories/weapons to harvest close to the same amount of game and or have the same opportunity.

That would be tough unless they severely impacted the Modern Firearm structure, which could potentially make a major impact on the revenue they make off Modern Firearm hunters. Assuming Iím understanding your comment. Itís going to be interesting to see if any major changes are coming in the next few years.

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #68 on: June 16, 2020, 07:28:06 AM »
 : I was being sarcastic...that is wdfw's goal . They try to make all  Weapons do have the same opportunity in the same percentage. They have to otherwise would be given preference over to one and not the other

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Re: Is it time to make Bow Seasons same rules as Rifle and Muzzy?
« Reply #69 on: September 21, 2020, 06:59:55 AM »
Sorry but all the issues listed in the comments above will require a system similar to Nevada. Everyone (including residents) will have to draw...That means you don't get to be the shooter every year. And it will cost more to apply. Trust me, it's more fun to go help a buddy on a true "quality hunt" than to march around the woods and see nothing but hunters, 2 point bucks and cows with a weapon in hand. Accecpt it or accecpt a very poor hunting experience as we go forward. We are not going to beat all the ridiculous issues we have to deal with in this state including no viaiable preditor control, wolf introduction, native unlimited hunting and a growing human population. I have been hunting mostly out of state for the last 15 years because of this. It has been very rewarding whether a harvest was accomplished or not. It's time we all got on the same page...No matter what user group you are in or were going to end up with nothing worth talking about.

 


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