The problem though is you have to trust CPW's herd counts which have been proven to use the WAG theory more often then not. The other issue I see that hasn't been addressed is CPW's actual harvest objective. I have not seen a unit by unit harvest object the only thing I've seen is a statewide objective which I don't believe has even been updated the last few years. So if you have inaccurate herd counts, inaccurate harvest objectives, and you throw in "extra"hunters that is doing the herds no good
No the state manages based on DAUs. The DAUs are reviewed and looked at every few years. I know for a fact that the DAUs in the Meeker area was done recently because that allowed them to slaughter all the doe in the white river drainage. It is the reason why they are killing a couple extra thousand doe in the units.
Don't quote my numbers but the old population objects for the DAU was lets say 45,000. For the last 10 years the population in the DAU was 35,000 plus or minus a couple thousand.
Well somehow the idiots decided that since they sucked at management and couldn't get the population to the goal. SO in the last review they decided to adjust the population objective. Since the herd had been at 35,000 they decided that the proper herd size should be 30,000. As a result of that one decision all the deer herds in the meeker area were above objective. The result was last year an all out slaughter on doe in the area, this year another slaughter, After all they have 7,000 surplus animals
So they do DAU numbers for objective then yearly counts and adjust. But without people getting pissed they just move the goal post and then act like the did something amazing. Last year I witnessed the pile of dead doe mule deer in meeker, this year it will happen again. not because the deer are doing great, not because the numbers are up, only because the crap ass managers at CPW moved the objective number and went from being below objective to over objective...