Of course for years, the agency didn’t make many significant changes to deer management, instead leaving it to the discretion of individuals on private lands, while managing public lands based on input from local stakeholder groups.
Morea said that biologists could tell that hunters had different wants and needs in regard to deer management in the state, so they expanded the stakeholder approach from the public land to encompass the entire state, particularly the people who purchase hunting licenses each year.
Of course, the new regulations differ between DMUs, with the intention of protecting 18-month-old bucks from being harvested to allow them the chance to grow.
“We have two standard sets of antler regulations,” Morea said.
“Our deer densities are lower as well.” As a result, the Commission needs to be much more careful with allowing antlerless deer harvests in Florida than biologists do in other states.