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Will you shoot a doe with a yearling?

Old 09-20-2003, 03:56 PM
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You said a mouthfull huntnma.
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Old 09-20-2003, 06:51 PM
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I' d pass the mama and take the young one-everytime.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:19 PM
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A yearling is a deer that is between one and two years old. Therefore during most deer seasons they are 1 1/2 years old. I know fawns are mistakenly called yearlings but they are not. Yearling bucks can be a spike, four ,six , eight point or whatever. Don' t mean to be a smart a-- but that' s what they are. If I wanted to shoot a doe and she had a fawn with her during hunting season it wouldn' t make any difference one way or the other.
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:47 PM
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I pass them up
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Old 09-24-2003, 01:47 AM
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Where I hunt, the yearlys are plent big by November to make it on thier own. I will shoot the biggest doe I find period
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Old 09-24-2003, 04:19 AM
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Here in NJ we have to shoot a doe first to be able to shoot a buck. This is the only time I live by the if its brown its down rule. But I' ve never had trouble shooting any adult doe over her fawns. Once, I was drawing on a doe when the fawns ran up and began to suckle. Needless to say, I let the bow down and just watched how they did that. I think the doe winked at me! Funny to read this topic. My son got his hunting liscence two weeks ago and the first night, he had to pass a nice buck at less than ten yards. A doe and two fawns came in and the fawns had some spots still. He passes ten yard shots at the little guys and tried for mom but she just didn' t give him a good broadside shot. MAN, I' m proud of that ten year old boy! I probably would have gotten that antlerless deer out of the way on that night.

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Old 09-25-2003, 12:25 PM
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I would and have taken does with fawns in tow before.. I feel that by this point in the year the fawn/yearling is old enough to be out on its own.. like someone said earlier.. if they werent I am sure there would be regulations regarding this matter.

Also depending on where I was hunting, if I were able to I would harvest both unless I knew for sure that the fawn was a button buck.. but there have been a few farms I have hunted that we have had such a over population of deer on them that the only way to keep the heard healthy was by heavy number reduction.
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Old 09-25-2003, 12:50 PM
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Here in Michigan, you get two tags (doe permits are separate from these) - use both tags during bow season and you' re done for the year. First tag is for either sex... bow only. Use that first tag and your second one is only good for a buck with 4 or more points on one side, bow or gun.

I won' t use my first tag on a doe during bow season. With my luck, I' d see a nice 6 point the next time out and have to pass. Assuming I had a separate doe permit here in Michigan (5' th year w/o one?) and an empty freezer, I would let the doe walk if I felt the small one couldn' t make it on its own.

I passed on a big doe with my bow 3 seasons ago that had triplets... at about 10 yards. It was a lot of fun just watching mom and the kids - I walked out with as big a smile on my face as if I would have tagged out.
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Old 09-25-2003, 05:00 PM
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" your second one is only good for a buck with 4 or more points on one side, bow or gun."

You can also take a doe with the restricted kill tag. From page 16 of the Hunting and Trapping guide:

The restricted combination kill tag can be used in the archery seasons to tag an antlerless deer. It also can be used to tag an antlered deer during either the archery or firearms seasons if the antlered deer has at least one antler with four or more antler points each one inch or longer. It is unlawful to use this tag on a smaller antlered deer regardless of the season or area in which it was taken.

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