But would it?From my perspective in the grassy plains of KS (where deer rut in the wide open all the time), that firearms during this time would decimate the older age class. Combine that with the "meet demand" tag management currently being used and the trophy class deer would dissapear very quickly.
For me and this scenario it isn't so much keeping big bucks for "my season" as much as sound management to keep any big bucks at all. I think every part of the country is different. Rifle hunting in big woods or mountains may have a very different outcome than rifle hunting treeless pasture.
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Wouldn't the same approximate number of Hunters that are "first legal buck then go home" type hunters still remain the same?
Could they perhaps score on a Mature Buck by Chance? Of Course they could, but would there be a Significant Change?
Every Year it seemed growing up in Pa with our 2-week Season there would be a First Time Hunter luck into a Big Buck their first time out ever hunting. That does and will continue to happen, but for the most part Meat Hunters are Meat Hunters and they just want their Buck whatever size it is.