That's just in a coule of WMU's John. Essentially it had to be a six pointer. The idea is that it will allow some of the bucks to grow larger, and encourage the shooting of more does, which will control the population better. Those were the reasons, one could debate the merits. I would like to see a reversal of the current system, where a hunter would hasve to successfully bag a does before they get a antlered deer tag. One antlered, and as many anterless as you can get..legally of course.
I do think it's funny that the old antiquated hunting notion of only shooting bucks still lingers on. That was from a time when the population was really low, and people were trying to encourage repopulation by protecing the does. It's pretty obvious to anyone who lives in the Shwangunk region that situation is no longer the case.