All we can say is HOLY @$#%! Check out these numbers…
2006-85,534 1st&2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants (Internet & Paper Applications Accepted)
2007-68,825 1st & 2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants (Paper Applications Accepted Only)
2009-64,469 1st & 2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants
2006-38,138 AZ General Deer Permits issued
2007-39,834 AZ General Deer Permits issued
2009-43,738 AZ General Deer Permits issued
Economy? Quality of deer? No Internet Application process was probably the biggest factor but a combination of both the others doesn’t help.
Check this out:
1962-93,337 Arizona General Deer Hunters
2009-40,468 Arizona General Deer Hunters (keep in mind we have a draw now so the number of Applicants is a more relevant number 64,469)
1962-1 out every 14th person was an Arizona General Deer Hunter (population was 1.6 million)
2009-1 out every 102 people was an Arizona General Deer Applicant (population was 6.6 million)
Is it the culture? Is it the cost? Is it the quality?
Probably a little of all three, but it ain’t good!
Despite the big bowhunting push, Archery hunters haven’t grown…
1983-19,814 Archery Deer Tags Sold
2009-19,991 Archery Deer Tags Sold