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Yearling doe or mature doe

Old 06-07-2007, 08:10 AM
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In another forum, I read a post where a guy said they should stop shooting fawn does and only mature ones. He did not support his statement. I have always been told it better to taken the fawn DOE for several reasons.
1. Leave the matures for bucks to run in the Rut.
2. Mature does when bred pass better genes to fawns making for better bucks.
3.When a fawn breeds she has only one versus two or more with mature.
4. In winter kill states, the fawn is the first to perish.
I have several more reasons but you get the gist. What do you all think and how do you support your opinion?
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:29 AM
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Good thread. Not sure how to answer it though. I don't know much about genetics, but some yearlings are bread late in the season (not all), so if it isn't because of genetics, then I personally don't think it makes a difference. I would harvest a mature doe over a yearling just because if less doe are in estrus, then the bucks may rut harder?!?!? Good topic.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:55 AM
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You kill more deer when you kill a fawn doe than when you kill a mature doe.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:08 AM
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Most things you read out there say to shoot the mature doe.

I don't see how an older doe can have better genes than a younger one.

You get more meat from a big doe.

Personally I shoot whichever I get a shot at, unless they are in together, I'll pick a big one.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:14 AM
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Most things you read out there say to shoot the mature doe.

I don't see how an older doe can have better genes than a younger one.

You get more meat from a big doe.

Personally I shoot whichever I get a shot at, unless they are in together, I'll pick a big one.

I feel the same way as Rybo! As long as they don't have spots, I putting it in the freezer!
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:15 AM
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ive pretty much always taken an older doe..
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:44 PM
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Shoot both of them.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:50 PM
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There was a great article concerning this subject in Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine, it's actually the current issue, check it out.
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:04 PM
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I feel if you are going to shoot a young deer it should be a doe. The mature doe has more knowledge an know how of raising a fawn so I would think thesuccess rate would be higher. The young doe does not have the mother instincts down pat yet.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:41 PM
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Most things you read out there say to shoot the mature doe.

I don't see how an older doe can have better genes than a younger one.

You get more meat from a big doe.

Personally I shoot whichever I get a shot at, unless they are in together, I'll pick a big one.

I feel the same way as Rybo! As long as they don't have spots, I putting it in the freezer!
If it has spots, you can cover those up with shoe polish!

I had that option this year, mature doe and 2 fawns came in. I took mama for a number of reasons main reason being more meat in the freezer and I only had 1 tag!
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