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Need some advice. too many bucks???

Old 09-21-2014, 04:11 PM
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While this might not sound like a problem I think there might be one. I have only been able to hunt one stand this year because I havent had the time to make sure the others are ready to hunt yet. This past week was opening week and I hunted twice. I got a #160 8 pointer the first afternoon of the season.

Now heres the problem I think I have. I have a 450 acre farm and this past week I hunted a stand over looking a 20 acre soybean field of which only about half of it was in my field of view. I saw 12 different Deer this week. 10 of them were Bucks and only 2 were Does. Four of them including the one I shot looked like nice mature deer with tall racks outside the ears. There was one other 8 point and two nice 6 points. There were two nice 4 pointers that will hopefully fill out well in the coming years. The remaining Bucks were young spikes.

So Im guessing that 9 Bucks in a 10 acre field for 2 does is a bit much. If I need to kill a few more which do I take out first? Fore sure I will take another one of the other larger, mature Bucks but should I kill a few of those Spikes as well? Or is there not even a problem at all and once it gets closer to Rut they will move to other parts of my farm with more Does to breed with? Even though I havent hunted any other stands I have seen pictures on my trail cameras and there are a lot more Does on other parts of the farm. Of course there are also Bucks there as well so I dont know what to do about this large group of Bucks.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:34 AM
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I It would be pretty difficult to kill in order to even out the heard with buck restrictions. If you wanted more of a 50-50 then don't shoot any does and continue shooting your mature bucks.

160 inch 8 point?? That would be pretty impressive. I'd like to see the picture.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:57 AM
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Bucks are still in bachelor groups, not a problem this time of year..
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by illiniquack15 View Post
I It would be pretty difficult to kill in order to even out the heard with buck restrictions. If you wanted more of a 50-50 then don't shoot any does and continue shooting your mature bucks.

160 inch 8 point?? That would be pretty impressive. I'd like to see the picture.
I believe it was 160 lbs not inches.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:03 PM
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160 inch 8 is possible depending on location age and management. ive got 1 i found and shot one 163 inches and one thats upper 50s. so its possible
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:07 PM
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He said a "#160" that typically is short for lbs. Sounds like a nice deer either way! Anything over 140" is a BIG 8.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:07 AM
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I would gladly settle for 1/4 of your problems!
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:17 PM
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If Your allowed to shoot another Buck in Your State go for it since You have so many,once the Rut kicks in most Bucks will disperse looking for their own area/territory and search for Does.....as mentioned a little thinning out on Bucks and letting the Doe's alone to reproduce is a good idea!

Taking out Bucks with undesirable Racks or deformed Antlers is a good idea or a Buck with a poor looking rack after 2 or 3 years old is probably not going to get much better?
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:50 PM
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You have no problem. Time of year certainly has something to do with it. We've hunted the same 400 acre farm for 8 years. We have more bucks on cam than does every year. So far this year more does. We've been patient in only shooting mature deer and now we have a bunch of mature buck and doe.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:29 AM
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I Agree with the rest on here time of year bucks all together. only looking at one sight feeding area. does on camera other areas you are not hunting. I don't see a problem I see a perfect hunting area, but if you feel you need to get rid of a buck or 2 let me know. If it were me and I already had a good buck shot I would shoot a spike next if you are trying to manage your deer herd.
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