Shawnee

September 7, 2008, 07:11 PM

…the “typical hunter” to buy a rifle in a caliber sufficient for Elk ?

A look at some numbers….

From Oregon’s state wildlife website…

“Hunting Pressure and Harvest

During 2000, more than 700,000 hunters pursued a herd of almost one million elk across western Canada and the United States with a harvest of about 160,000 elk annually.”

WOW ! 700,000 Elk hunters (including ARCHERS) bagged 160,000 elk, a success rate of about 23%..... and it took all of the U.S. PLUS the western half of Canada to do it… or about 2/3 of the continent.

Well here are some more numbers…

In 2007 - 683,000 hunters (just 17,000 less than the continent’s total elk hunters) bagged 484,000 deer (3 times the continent’s elk total) - in the state of Michigan - alone. Read that again – there are almost as many deer hunters in Michigan as the total number of elk hunters in the entire U.S. and half of Canada. Michigan – ONE STATE.

Hmmm.

How about…

In 2007 – ARCHERS bagged 116,000 deer (equal to 72% the continent’s elk total) in the state of Wisconsin – alone. Wisconsin’s total 2007 deer harvest was 518,000, or more than 3 times the continent’s elk total.

… or maybe…

Minnesota with 500,000 hunters (71% of the number of all elk hunters) bagging 200,000 deer (125% of the number of elk taken).

Gosh… let’s try …

Pennsylvania - 2005 – total deer was 354,000 – more than 2x the continent’s elk total.

Ohio – 2007 – with three days of the season lost to weather – 238,000 deer or almost half again as many as the continent’s elk total.

Indiana 2007 – 124,400 deer, or more than ¾ the continent’s elk total.

Gee… 2/3 of the continent has 700,000 elk hunters taking 160,000 elk – with less than 1 in 4 successful…

But, at least two states each have numbers of deer hunters nearly equal to the continent’s total number of elk hunters… AND

… just six states (count ‘em – 6 !) have a total of successful deer hunters that is more than 3 times the total number of the continent’s elk hunters and MORE THAN FOURTEEN TIMES the continent’s number of successful elk hunters.

Decide for yourself if the “typical hunter” really needs to burden themselves with a caliber capable of flattening elk, moose, grizzlies, lions and tigers. And the next time someone asks what caliber they need for a deer rifle – tell no lies.

:cool:

A look at some numbers….

From Oregon’s state wildlife website…

“Hunting Pressure and Harvest

During 2000, more than 700,000 hunters pursued a herd of almost one million elk across western Canada and the United States with a harvest of about 160,000 elk annually.”

WOW ! 700,000 Elk hunters (including ARCHERS) bagged 160,000 elk, a success rate of about 23%..... and it took all of the U.S. PLUS the western half of Canada to do it… or about 2/3 of the continent.

Well here are some more numbers…

In 2007 - 683,000 hunters (just 17,000 less than the continent’s total elk hunters) bagged 484,000 deer (3 times the continent’s elk total) - in the state of Michigan - alone. Read that again – there are almost as many deer hunters in Michigan as the total number of elk hunters in the entire U.S. and half of Canada. Michigan – ONE STATE.

Hmmm.

How about…

In 2007 – ARCHERS bagged 116,000 deer (equal to 72% the continent’s elk total) in the state of Wisconsin – alone. Wisconsin’s total 2007 deer harvest was 518,000, or more than 3 times the continent’s elk total.

… or maybe…

Minnesota with 500,000 hunters (71% of the number of all elk hunters) bagging 200,000 deer (125% of the number of elk taken).

Gosh… let’s try …

Pennsylvania - 2005 – total deer was 354,000 – more than 2x the continent’s elk total.

Ohio – 2007 – with three days of the season lost to weather – 238,000 deer or almost half again as many as the continent’s elk total.

Indiana 2007 – 124,400 deer, or more than ¾ the continent’s elk total.

Gee… 2/3 of the continent has 700,000 elk hunters taking 160,000 elk – with less than 1 in 4 successful…

But, at least two states each have numbers of deer hunters nearly equal to the continent’s total number of elk hunters… AND

… just six states (count ‘em – 6 !) have a total of successful deer hunters that is more than 3 times the total number of the continent’s elk hunters and MORE THAN FOURTEEN TIMES the continent’s number of successful elk hunters.

Decide for yourself if the “typical hunter” really needs to burden themselves with a caliber capable of flattening elk, moose, grizzlies, lions and tigers. And the next time someone asks what caliber they need for a deer rifle – tell no lies.

:cool: