Under another proposal, late muzzleloader season deer hunters in Zone 4 counties could only take antlerless deer (does or a buck without visible antlers) during the last three days of the season. The first six days of the nine-day late muzzleloader season in Zone 4 would be for antlered deer (bucks) only.
Commission members also proposed archery-only and gun-only elk permits for the 2011-12 season.
Lack of deer here
I have heard a number of people lament that the numbers of deer in Boyle, Garrard and Casey Counties are not nearly what they were even five years ago.
Their comments are that the deer are just not here anymore. Some commented that they saw very few deer, and others that they didn’t see any deer at all.
When I mentioned to some of these folks that there would be zone changes, they all agreed that the changes probably should have been made last year.
So I guess Frankfort was listening, because most of the proposed zone changes are decreasing the number of deer that may be taken legally in those counties.
I hunted very little last year, so I didn’t see a deer on the days I hunted. I knew they were there because of the signs on the ground, but I also think that my blind was in a very poor position.
However, the placement of the blind was my fault. I just didn’t pay as much attention to the prevailing winds as I should have, and consequently, I didn’t see anything. Maybe this year it will be different. I will, of course, put the blind in a different area.
I’m thinking about trying to change arrows this year. I think I will try to go to a lighter shaft because I am shooting less poundage. The Easton ACCs I am shooting now are spined for a lot more poundage than I am shooting.
There is a newer version of the ACC that is a so-called hunter shaft, and believe it or not, they are just a little cheaper than the newer arrows I was looking at.
If I can sell my other ACCs (this model is more expensive than the shaft I’m looking at), I may decide to switch. We’ll see.