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Old 10-24-2007, 07:51 AM
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Can anyone tell me how old does generally are before they will breed? Will a yearling get bred? I'm still trying to thin out some does around here. So far, I've taken 1 young one, and one mature doe last night. I'd rather not take out a bunch of mature does if the younger one's aren't gonna breed this year. I want my bucks to have something to look for that is "breedable"([8D]) if you know what I mean. In other words, I don't wanna leave just "young, un-breedable" does around. I still have 2 more tags for does too. Feel free to check out my picasa link so you can see roughly what I've got to work with.

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Old 10-24-2007, 08:01 AM
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From what I've heard a doe can bread at aroung six months but doesn't always take, but your mature does will usually give you twins the next year. A buck though will goes after a 40# estrus doe in a heartbeat.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:14 AM
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That's kinda what I was thinking. May have to ease up a little on 'em. I've got 'em from young to old. I shoot does for meat, so should I concentrate on the older ones (more meat yield), or the younger ones (so as to not ruin my breedable doe ratio)?
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:24 AM
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Can anyone tell me how old does generally are before they will breed?
A fawn will be able to breed if she reaches about 80 pounds.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:27 AM
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Will a yearling get bred?
A yearling is a deer between one year and two years of age. All yearlings should get bred in a healthy herd.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:17 AM
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So, one could conclude that as long as a doe isn't just out of "spots", she should be fair game?
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:47 AM
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Here in NC the fawns drop in May and June...They will be bred in December and January...The good news in that this age deer has a 60% chance of dropping a buck fawn.....
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:15 PM
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So, one could conclude that as long as a doe isn't just out of "spots", she should be fair game?
If your goal is removing does, the answer is yes. Where I might suggest otherwise is if you are limited in the amount of antlerless tags you can get to only 1 or 2. Then I might suggest holding out for older does.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:21 PM
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Bob...He is in NC...We have unlimited doe tags this year, I have filled 3 with my bow and picked up 6 extra...
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