Peering through the binoculars, the hunter could make out that the mule deer was indeed a buck but it wasn’t that tall nor wide. The mule deer did not move his head side to side to show his true value; a three point with large brow tines. Finally the devalued deer bounded from the area after the wind changed course.
Walking further down the road the hunter spotted two mule deer does bedded down in the snow; taking a break from wading in waist high mountain snow. The hunter became excited, turned the safety off, stalked the deer hoping for the legal mule deer which is four points. No buck emerged so the hunter continued on his way through the logging cut blocks.
Six bucks were grouped together 400 yards away but because of the snow and the squeakiness of snow under rubber soles they leapt to their freedom. On their way the hunter could see two large bucks, 2 smaller bucks and one two point and a three point. With the faintest hope the hunter raised his rifle on the largest but it did not present itself with a fatal shot at 400 yards.
On a different road the hunter only saw mule deer does, and more does mixed with tracks going back and forth across the road. Many roads offered no tracks or mule deer standing in the woods. The hunter was becoming frustrated with the hunting regulations set out by the government.
You see the regulations changed because too many big four point or more for several years and it’s now separate sections yet still ineffective. Everybody knows that the best chance for fatality is within 100 yards but no deer are about at that range. Does are seen more often than not but you can’t harvest a mule deer doe instead of a buck. The system isn’t set up that way in in the hunting management.
Maybe it should be….