Time to stop the antlerless Whitetail deer general open season

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Time to stop the Antlerless WHITETAIL general season in B.C.

Starting 2010 a general open season for Antlerless Whitetail deer was initiated in B.C., At this time the general Whitetail population was thriving in most areas of the Province and increased hunting and was considered a viable option to help maintain a healthy and sustainable population, this allowed more hunting opportunities with a higher success rate.

The problem? For 9 years this harvest of Does,Fawns and first year Bucks has been left unchecked and the effects that this has had in numerous areas with increased hunting pressure, higher harvest rates and a growing predator population is becoming of great concern to many people who are participants in outdoor recreation express that Whitetail sightings are becoming increasingly scarce in many traditional areas and total disappearance in some fringe areas.The main concern is for how long can this carry on for before it's no longer sustainable.

"WE" The signers of this petition urgently request that all recipients of this petition consider and act upon the requests of the signers provided.

Closure of the 2010 General Whitetail Antlerless season  until such time as sound and scientific research along with input from the public and various outdoor agency's and associations familiar with their local Whitetail populations and habitat based on an area by area evaluation have been completed. Should such results show the need for further reduction be required in certain areas then accurate harvest stats should be maintained such as mandatory reporting until desired population densities are met.