The New Brunswick DNR has sent out a deer survey to selected deer hunters and although this survey is supposed to be a positive endeavor, most hunters, myself included, consider this to be an insult to the intelligence of deer hunters and New Brunswickers in general. That might sound a bit harsh but after all that has been said about the state of our deer herd and our forests in general, this survey is redundant. It's all been said and the truth is out there. Why would DNR put out a survey when they know damned well what the problems are? I will fill mine out and it won't be sugar coated. The DNR has totally failed in their mandate to protect and promote deer hunting in this province and New Brunswickers know this! This issue isn't going away anytime soon and there will definitely be repercussions at the the polls in the next election. People are organizing and social media is fanning the flames of discontent and only time will tell what happens. Hopefully the outcome of this mess will be positive for deer and deer hunters.
Although white-tailed deer numbers are at historic lows, there were still some beautiful bucks taken across the province. This speaks to the potential of the quality of our bucks overall and with a little help, we may once again regain the glory days of white-tail hunting. The following photos show some of the nice bucks taken across the province last season. This buck was taken on the first day of the 2016 season.