The problems with antler point restrictions August 11, 2012 Michigan

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The problems with antler point restrictions August 11, 2012 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer 
... “Researchers here have found that APRs only protect 40 to 50 percent of all yearling bucks from hunter harvest,” said Justin Thayer, a deer biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. ... other states like Missouri and New York have found that APRs protect a substantial proportion of all yearling bucks ... “APRs don’t work,” said [ Dr. James Kroll, a wildlife biologist] Instead of using APRs to protect yearling bucks, Kroll recommends implementing a minimum spread restriction. According to Kroll, restricting the buck harvest to those that have antlers wider than their ears will protect 97 percent of all 1 ½ year-old bucks. 


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