My strange observation has been that the irony of longer seasons is that they seem to be inefficacious, that is, they work the opposite of what was intended. For instance, I've hunted in places where they have a very short gun season, so everyone is out the first day, and some of the deer get shot due to people chasing them around to other hunters and the deer kill is huge. Other places with those several months long seasons the first day is almost unrecognizable from any other, and there's not enough hunters out to chase deer to other hunters. Of course, there's so many other factors weighing into this that I probably haven't considered, such as, the short season states often have more public land, and therefore, more transient hunters, who are more apt to show up for the first day only. Or, that the longer seasons were actually the result of not enough of hunters showing up for the first day...Why do you think a shorter firearm season would cause out of control deer population? I am 1 state over and we have a 2 week rifle season and we are definitely not anywhere near out of control on our deer population. As a matter of fact I wish they would go back to 1 week but alas I think the wildlife department wants to go to 3 weeks which I oppose vehemently!