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Antler restrictions

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by DogSoldierChick, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. I hear alot of arguing going on in front of me between a crew of guys and it interested me enough to wonder what states have statewide antler restrictions?
  2. jhunter13

    jhunter13 Member

    Pennsylvania has a state wide restriction of 3 points to a side.

  3. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    We have restrictions here DSC. Personally I like it. We have a lot more nice buck than we used too.

    jhunter it's actually a little more complicated than that, but yes 3 points in one form or another. Some regions don't count the brow tine

  4. mmwtdh

    mmwtdh Member

    4 points one side in Missouri, it's been a good idea........
  5. Arkansas had restrictions for several years now and the antlers are typically running larger. Wattensaw WMA, has a harder restriction and has produced some thumpers.

    Even is none WMA area, my county produced a 200inch this year, and has several in the 180's over the past few years. Also and area near me without the sweet 16 restrictions is producing some nice deer every year. So the restrictions are working.

    I did not really believe restrictions would work, but just google large antlered deer from Arkansas.

  6. We have had it in south east MN for the last 5 years. I like it. There were 4 bucks over 200 inches shot in my county and 1 in the next county this year alone.
  7. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    One spike one side min 3" long
  8. jhunter13

    jhunter13 Member

    The "statewide" restriction is three to a side. Each area enforces it differently. It has really helped create some studs.
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I hunt blacktails on the oregon coast. It is forked horn on one side or better. For elk there are spike only in some units, 3pt or better in some and 5pt or better in others. Mule deer are one visible antler in some units and think in some units it is 3pt or better.
  10. Mason

    Mason Active Member

    3 on one ide in Some areas of PA. 4 on one side in others. Depends on the WMU you are in.
  11. torka

    torka Member

    Vermont is no spike horns, at least 2 points on one side. Except youth weekend when anything is legal.
  12. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Michigan allows two bucks per year per hunter. MI has had statewide antler restrictions on the second buck for many years. In some areas both bucks are restricted, yet in other areas hunters choose between one unrestricted buck or two restricted bucks when they buy their licenses. From what I have seen myself and heard from other taxidermists, strict antler restrictions that exclude most of the yearling bucks from the harvest are very good for taxidermists as it increases the number of deer killed that people would want mounted.
  13. Antler restriction in all but a few counties in Texas now. Most counties are 2 buck limit. One buck with 13" or greater spread and one buck with at least one unbranched antler. The affect has been very positive so far. The down side is the narrow genetic gets to walk.
  14. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Not entirely accurate. In special regs areas there must be 3 points up top, with or without brow tines. The rest of the state it is 3 points in any configuration. Although the restrictions have produced bigger bucks for sure, there has been an increase in my sightings of mature 6 point bucks that cannot be shot legally except for junior hunters. I saw one 6 point in particular that was massive. He was under me at 5 yards and I could not legally take him. Truly a beautiful mature deer and he surely passed on his genes generously. One bad side effect.
  15. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    KS has a 1 buck limit. No restrictions. Even if we had a 3 or 4 point restriction many of our 1 1/2 yr olds fall into that category. I understand what the law is trying to do, but most states with these laws have a more than one buck limit, I believe.
  16. Cory, Here in SE MN we are allowed only 1 buck. Gun or bow. Then you are done.
  17. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    Bucknut. That's neat to know. It would be even more interesting now to know deer densities vs. hunters in your area. With the onset of TV shows and KS being a destination spot, they make it l ook like there's a monster behind every tree. I talk to many out of staters every year who pay for a weeks hunt to see a couple does and 1-2 immature bucks. But, they're paying for a chance, I get that.
  18. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    Cory, Here in SE MN we are allowed only 1 buck. Gun or bow. Then you are done.

    Same here
  19. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Same here. 1 buck, 1 season that is a month long, pick your weapon before you get the tag. Bow season is september, gun season is october.
  20. akvz

    akvz New Member

    Texas varies (as huge as the state is, it's to be expected) but my county is a 3 buck limit (5 total deer), no antler restriction, and there's no separate bow/muzzleloader/rifle tags. 3 bow bucks, 2 muzzleloader and 1 rifle, 1 buck for each weapon, it doesn't matter.