Harvesting a deer means to remove some from the herd.What is the definition of harvesting a deer?
Buckshot this is the very point I'm making, HOW does the hunter know what he's shooting??? the only way to tell a deer's age is by the teeth!!!This is where I would agree to disagree with Hunting Man, to achieve the balance that a QDM club is looking for there has to be rules as to what deer can be harvested. One very common rule is to not shoot any 1-1/2 year old bucks and sometimes not even 2-1/2 year old bucks. While it would be nice to think every time a mistake was made it was just that (a mistake) it is not always the case. It is hard to let an eight point walk and some hunters won't follow the rules. For this reason there has to be a penalty. Mistake or not if you have agreed in advance to the goals of the club and you should have to pony up the dough for the mistake.
I remember reading about Pa a couple of years ago and if I remember right the real battle was to change the hunter's bias against shooting does and small bucks. Like everywhere else it used to be taboo to shoot a doe and because the legislature set's the rules the rules almost didn't get changed.Doe reduction and antler point restriction has made a big difference in PA where I hunt. This was a state effort that has paid off for those seeking larger racks and heathlier herd. PA had too many deer for food availability and bucks only needed 3" of antler to be legal. Both of these conditions led to severe antler development reduction and reduced weight. Now things have improved to the point that true trophys are possible. Buckshot, I wonder how many hunters even try to field judge legal bucks prior to shooting. Personally I'm a tag filler with a legal mature buck as my goal. I try to find the best buck in our core hunting area and go after him.