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Is it ETHICAL(ha) to shoot does this late?

Old 12-09-2008, 05:54 PM
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I believe this has been beat to death ebfore but figured I would ask again! In reality would it be better to take a small buck this time of the year or a doe that possibly has two small bucks inside of her?? In most cases right now if we kill a doe, are we not killing 2-3 deer??

I am asking this question as if you had no choice and NEEDED meat for the freezer. I dont wanna hear that you would not shoot either, I wanna hear what you would rather do if you HAD too????
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:59 PM
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Do they (does) need taking whre you hunt?

If so....there is NEVER a bad time to take them. Let's say you took a doe in Sept. v. December. Didn't you kill those 2 potential buck fawns then, also?

I don't give a second thought as to what time of year I take them. In fact.....the earlier you take them....the more food is available for the others. But rest assured.....I'll shoot them all the way 'til our closer. NEVER a bad time to take a doe, here.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:02 PM
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Do they (does) need taking whre you hunt?

If so....there is NEVER a bad time to take them. Let's say you took a doe in Sept. v. December. Didn't you kill those 2 potential buck fawns then, also?

You know I have never thought of it that way?? Thats a good way to look at it!!
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:13 PM
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I believe this has been beat to death ebfore but figured I would ask again! In reality would it be better to take a small buck this time of the year or a doe that possibly has two small bucks inside of her?? In most cases right now if we kill a doe, are we not killing 2-3 deer??

I am asking this question as if you had no choice and NEEDED meat for the freezer. I dont wanna hear that you would not shoot either, I wanna hear what you would rather do if you HAD too????
In all reality this is just as true of a doe shot in Sept. I don't understand why people say this.
Whatever you do you will tick someone off. If you shoot a doe your killing 3 deer, if you kill a small buck the QDM people will want to hang you, if you kill a fawn ..... well, I'm not even going to go there. I've been there and it's a real ugly place!

I would shoot the doe.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:17 PM
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GMMAT nailed it, that fawn is not born whether mama is shot in Sept vs Jan...
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:20 PM
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Default RE: Is it ETHICAL(ha) to shoot does this late?

I have 2 more does tags left, and I will do all I can to fill those between now and Jan 15th. GMMAT said the same way I would have. No matter when you take a doe, that fawn won't be born.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:29 PM
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Default RE: Is it ETHICAL(ha) to shoot does this late?

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Do they (does) need taking whre you hunt?

If so....there is NEVER a bad time to take them. Let's say you took a doe in Sept. v. December. Didn't you kill those 2 potential buck fawns then, also?

I don't give a second thought as to what time of year I take them. In fact.....the earlier you take them....the more food is available for the others. But rest assured.....I'll shoot them all the way 'til our closer. NEVER a bad time to take a doe, here.
+1, well put Jeff!!!
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:42 PM
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Around here, I would definately shoot the doe. I havetaken 2 since the peak of the rutandif I dontget a buck before Jan 15 willtake 2 more if I can. Will definately try for at least one more.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:43 PM
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I agree with Jeff. With an over population of deer in my area and poor sex ratios, ANYTIME during the season is a good time to take a doe. Everyone's area is different, but I don't think it's ever unethical to shoot a doe. It's either a good decision or bad decision based on the herd. But I'd never say unethical.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:44 PM
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If you shoot a doe before she is bred you just kept her from being a mother...so who cares and what is the difference?
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