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Anyone read??

Old 10-10-2002, 04:46 PM
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Spike
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Default Anyone read??

Buckmasters tip of the week?? Here it is:

If you are like me, you've read dozens of articles recommending taking big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. I even sent out a Tip of the Week last year about how to tell mature does from yearlings to help hunters cull only mature does.

Some biologists are taking a new approach to thinning herds, however, and are recommending taking the very youngest deer instead. Their reasoning is that it is much better for the habitat to harvest a yearling because it requires more food and nutrients to grow to maturity. And mature does are valuable because they are much more likely to produce healthy twin fawns and almost always breed in the normal rut window -- both good things for the health of the herd. The risk in taking young deer, of course, is that you will inevitably take some button bucks.

Both schools of thought have their merits, so which is right for you? To answer that question, ask yourself another: What is the bigger concern for your herd: buck/doe ratios or overpopulation/poor nutrition. If buck/doe ratios are your big problem, it might be best for you to preserve all bucks and go with taking only mature, long-faced does. If habitat and numbers are tops on your list, remove the younger deer. Either way, you're a winner at the dinner table.

I just read it and never considered their side of the discussion. I have always been under the impression that taking the mature does was the right thing to do. But I can see where their point has some merit.


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Old 10-11-2002, 07:43 AM
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I agree with the younger deer, especially in the north. When a hard winter hits, what are the first deer to go? The run down bucks, and the young deer. Why not shoot the mature does, when they are going to keep producing fawns, and while the younger deer will have the greatest chance of perishing in a long winter. Just my opinion though.

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