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#3286516 - 07/09/13 12:12 PM Early Season Question
Redfred16
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Okay, question for everyone. My lease has me really wondering what to do.

Here's my question, I'm seeing quite a few does, I estimate between 10-15 different does. But have not seen any bucks on camera and really don't see alot of buck sign. Do you kill a doe early or leave them alone in hopes they bring in a buck?

In the past I've always killed a doe early for meat, but this was also in Wisconsin where I have had as many as 60 deer walk under me opening day, so 1 doe out of the mix was not as much of a factor as possibly killing off 10% of them.

What do you all think?
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#3286520 - 07/09/13 12:20 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Redfred16]
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The bucks homeranges may shift entirely by the time the season opens. You might all of a sudden have bucks showing up. Killing a doe or two out of a herd of ~15 shouldn't effect much at all, though, depending on the size of your property, you might be careful how you apply pressure during bow season. We have a considerably longer time until rutting activity kicks in then what you are used to in WI. I usually reserve different areas or even entirely different properties for pre rut and rut hunting. Slamming a 100 acre lease with pressure for 6+ weeks will definitely have a long term, effect on the deer.
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#3286553 - 07/09/13 12:59 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Poser]
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Killing a doe shouldn't do you any harm. Dont be surprised though if in September you start seeing more bucks and less does showing up.
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#3286555 - 07/09/13 01:02 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Everything Poser said.
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#3286557 - 07/09/13 01:02 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: BSK]
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Doe sink....the bucks will come. ;\)
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#3286653 - 07/09/13 03:11 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: MUP]
Redfred16
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It's 55 acres.

It has about 25 acres of corn planted on it that had me very exxcited, but it's already getting good sized ears and tassled. So I don't think it'll be around when I thought it would be.

However I did find a spot with 5 bid old oaks with a few beech trees near by that I think will draw them in good as a fall food source.

I just remember a few years ago I decided I could shoot a doe any time and to let them walk in hopes of seeing a nice chasing buck(in WI we are used to a rutting Halloween), didn't see a buck and in the end, didn't see a deer from the first week of November on. Lots of tracks in the snow, lots of shooting around me, but no deer during shooting hours.
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#3286663 - 07/09/13 03:28 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Redfred16]
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55 acres, honestly, I'd go light until early November. Maybe kill a doe right out of the gate and then bowhunt some public land until November. This of course depends on how much you hunt, but definitely if you plan on hunting several days a week.
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#3286674 - 07/09/13 03:37 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Poser]
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I would say opening weekend, then probably one weekend day every week or so, skipping a weekend if the weather isn't good or if the wife has plans for us. Then going to both Saturday and Sunday in late Ocotber early November. Then swithing to a rifle right before Christmas.

That was my plan, but even with a TN season under my belt, I'm still in he process of changing my thought patterns from Wisconsin.
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#3286951 - 07/09/13 08:59 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: Redfred16]
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It has been a hard transition for me to realign my thought proceess as well. I moved from Wisconsin to join the Army and ended up here. It has been kindof a struggle for me to put all the pieces together to even see deer here. I grew up hunting public land back home. Its just the public land is either mountain rocky stuff here, or just plain overgrown thick nastyness. So from beans and corn and wonderfully managed public land up north to non cut fields and rock face cliffs has been an eye opener for sure.
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#3286989 - 07/09/13 09:40 PM Re: Early Season Question [Re: thejetman]
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In my bow hunting spot, I only see does and occasional yearling bucks except during the rut. I killed 3 doe in the same spot before I even saw the first buck last year. There were still plenty of does and the bucks came in early November looking for tail. I wouldn't worry about killing one or two early season, but everyone has their own opinion.
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#3287095 - 07/10/13 05:19 AM Re: Early Season Question [Re: thejetman]
Redfred16
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 Originally Posted By: thejetman
It has been a hard transition for me to realign my thought proceess as well. I moved from Wisconsin to join the Army and ended up here. It has been kindof a struggle for me to put all the pieces together to even see deer here. I grew up hunting public land back home. Its just the public land is either mountain rocky stuff here, or just plain overgrown thick nastyness. So from beans and corn and wonderfully managed public land up north to non cut fields and rock face cliffs has been an eye opener for sure.


The hunting is definately different, but I'm slowly learning, still have questions all the time though. I am seeing deer fairly regularly now, but not the numbers or age/sex mix I'm used to. Picking a spot here makes you really hunt hard compared to WI, just find the trail from food-bedding-water, and the trails were beat to the ground and used year after year.

I must not have hunted the same public land as you in WI, down in the SE part of the state it was crowded and lacked deer due to the pressure. I was luck enougn to have a friend that owned some land up near Crivitz, so thats where we hunted.
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