How many deer does your state allow with bow?
I was wondering how other states archery seasons are structured. Especially in how many deer are allowed with the bow, bucks and does?
In Wisconsin when I purchase my archery and gun license at the same time I am given 3 antlerless tags and two buck tags. One buck tag is marked "Archery Buck" the other is "Gun Buck". One of the antlerless tags is marked "Archery Antlerless" and can only be taken with a bow. The other two are marked "Herd Control Antlerless" and can only be used in deer management units that are above DNR population goals, but can be taken with either gun or bow. The "Gun Buck" tag can be taken during the 9 day deer gun season by means of Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader, Pistol, Shotgun, or Rifle. In the Herd Control Units extra antlerless permits are available for $2.00 each.
Then: Antlerless Deer Carcass Tags
Unit-Specific–Unit specific Antlerless Deer Carcass Tags are only valid for tagging one antlerless deer in the unit specified on the tag. This tag is not weapon-specific. Unit-specific antlerless tags for regular units* are $12.00 for residents and $20.00 for non-residents ($5 for youth ages 10 and 11) and can be purchased at any DNR license vendor, online at dnr.wi.gov, or by phone. Quantities will be limited. For all regular DMUs, these tags will be sold starting at 10 A.M. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
* Zero-quota units: Four regular DMUs will not have unit-specific antlerless tags available in 2013. These units are: 7, 29B, 34, and 39.
Our Archery Deer Season runs from the Saturday closest to the 15th of September through the first Sunday in January, except for the Friday before the opening day of the GUN Deer Season.
Now the Gov. Walker signed into law the Crossbow Season starting next year that will run concurrently with the regular Archery Season. I am not real sure how this is going to be structured. I have heard that a Regular Archery License will have to be purchased and then a Crossbow License will also be required and that the Archery tags then will be valid for any type of legal bow including the crossbow.
It sometimes just about takes a lawyer to understand seasons and quotas. I hear that we have it easy in Wisconsin and the tags limits are quite liberal.
Pretty much I like to put 2 or 3 deer in my freezer per year. That usually gives me plenty of venison for the year. In years that I see a lot of deer where I hunt I'll usually take 1 or 2 does with the bow and then settle down to hunt a bigger buck. If I have 2 deer in my freezer by the gun season I will only take a buck or large doe with the gun and after I have the 1 deer I am done hunting. This year I had a bear in my freezer and wasn't seeing a real lot of deer before the season or for that matter during the season so I decided to take only a buck with the bow and gun. Even though the area I hunt is in a herd control unit, those excess deer are located in pockets, usually on private lands.
These are the 3 animals I put in the freezer this year.
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How many deer does your state allow with bow?
Not really deer hunting crazy I pay attention to my area, which pretty much covers the state except in control areas.
We are allowed two bucks only, whether bow or gun. We allowed all the does with a bow your check book can pay for.
Passed a couple years ago, archers can hunt during the 3 guns seasons so long as they wear the required blaze orange.
So from Oct 1st thru mid Jan, the end of late firearms season. I have some friends who regularly take 6 and more deer per year. Since taking up bow hunting around 2000 I've averaged almost 3 deer a year. I am not picky. If a buck steps out, yeah, I'll take him if possible, but just as soon have a nice size doe or big yearling. This year I've hung it up with the 11 point buck I took. Still, I have time if I want to fill the doe tag I have.
Whoops. Archery and firearms tags can be bought over the counter. For archery you buy 2, that's how they are sold. You get a Either sex (use for a buck) and Antlerless. So one buck and one doe for $25.00. You have to have a hunting license and a Habitat Stamp. Altogether about $43 dollars. Sort of a sucker punch, you don't need a hunting license for small game on your own property, but need it for deer hunting. We have 31 acres. If having 40 acres and you can get one permit only for just applying, no charge.
I quit hunting with a gun....around 2003 or 2004. I used a shotgun for firearms season until about the same time, but was more of the Pistol hunter, which was then late firearms season. Late firearms was later changed to any firearm. Late season is for anterless deer only. There is Early Youth season for kids, 3 day archery, before archery season comes in. There is a Muzzle Loading Only firearms season, 3 days.
Firearms seasons, 3 of them, are a 3 day in Nov, a 4 day in Dec and a 3 day in Jan, late firearms season. Applications are for 1 deer per permit and can apply for either for buck or doe. A second buck with a firearm is done through a drawing or something. And does with a firearm are held to two. How, I don't know. The wife though has applied for double permits.
Again, if we sell our property and move to town, I'll probably quit hunting altogether. Having no desire, I've turned down a elk hunt and a black bear hunt. I'd be the same for anything else. Even a trip to Africa is not enticing. Heck, I won't even drive to Metropolis for the ASA ProAm held there, 5 hour drive or so. Never went to the ASA State Championship for the same reason, too long a drive and not worth the trip even if I won. Not a lot of money in the Super Senior Class and being State Champion you get pat on your back and next day you're forgotten...