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#490903 - 11/12/07 08:36 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: Greg .]
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only shoot the biggest in a group of does,that is rarely a button.Does by themselves are sometimes hard to judge,wait till there is more than one.
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#491093 - 11/12/07 09:55 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
only shoot the biggest in a group of does,that is rarely a button.Does by themselves are sometimes hard to judge,wait till there is more than one.


Probably 50% of the does I shoot are alone......so if I played by that rule my doe harvest would be cut in half.

I bring this topic up not only for the doe/button issue. I think there is generally too much critism of newer hunters for shooting small antlered bucks. One of the most exciting events of my life was the first four point I shot with my bow. I won't critize what somebody else kills. That said, if you got to shoot the does too. As long as the harvest is balanced the herd should be good.

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#491281 - 11/13/07 06:04 AM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: pass-thru]
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Alot of hunters are excitable to the point at seeing a deer they immediately shoot. Given the time it helps to observe if you can. This alone will eliminate some mistakes. It gives you time to check out body features and actions that are sometimes dead giveaways for determining exactly what you're looking at.
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#491299 - 11/13/07 06:21 AM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: Greg .]
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 Originally Posted By: Greg .
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And also I think too many hunters are too conservative in their antlerless harvest for fear of shooting a button. Usually you can tell through a scope, sometitmes not, but it seems like too many programs are punishing hunters for accidentally shooting a button or a spike.

Anyway, food for thought.

I agree. I think if the hunter was as careful as they reasonably could be and accidentally kills a button every once in a while ... well, that's life. Fawns have a high mortality rate anyway, so it's probably not so bad.



Exactly. I hate to see clubs/leases penalize hunters for shooting button bucks, as this tends to reduce doe harvests. If you take doe harvests seriously, you will accidentally kill some button bucks. But as long as you keep your button buck harvest down around 10-15% of all antlerless deer, you're doing fine.
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#492076 - 11/13/07 04:44 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bucks [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
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In high densitiy deer herds, no, not much. It more comes down to how many total bucks survive the hunting season, and in high-density herds that can be quite a few.

But in low-density herds it can make a huge difference.


I hate to disagree with the man here,. but i do. In high deer density areas with a high hunter density ,.. the harvest of young bucks can be devastating. Especially in areas of small parcels with several different hunters on them. You tell yourself i'm only gonna shot 1. BUT,.. if 15 other hunters in the area say the same,. you have kiled the chances of producing those bucks into the next age class.

This is not so much a issue with QDM leases or someone with a large track,. but for private landowners ,.. it can set you back.

My opinion though,........


But that still comes down to total harvest of bucks (what percent of the buck population is harvested). If hunters kill primarily young bucks, but only 30% of the entire pre-hunt buck population is harvested, the buck age structure still increases (most of the 70% not harvested survives and increases in age).

But what can occur in high density herds AND high density hunters is too high of a harvest of total bucks and an underharvest of does, leading to a skewed sex ratio and lower number of total bucks pre-hunt, i.e. you can have 50 bucks and 50 does in a population of 100 adult deer (1:1 ratio) or you can have 33 bucks and 67 does in a population of 100 adult deer pre-hunt (2:1 ratio). Now harvest 20 bucks out of each herd each year and you'll see a big difference between the two herds in a few years.


I agree with what your saying. BUT,. what i'm getting at is you can take a 640 acre spot(1 square mile)(unhunted for 5 years) ,.. break it up into 8 parcels(80 acres each),..put 2 hunters on each parcel(16 hunters) ,.. then you have a estimated herd size of 30 deer per square mile. Allow them hunters 2 bucks each. 10 of them hunters kill a 1.5 year old buck within the first week. 3 killed bucks 2.5 and older. The other 3 were unsuccessful. This 1 hunting season has set those 16 hunters back at least 3 years from a good quality herd for a qdm program. Especially since no does were harversted. Its this kinda harvest on 1.5 year old bucks that set the herd back for that area. AND,. i don't agree with it. BUT,. also know there is nothing to be done.
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#492170 - 11/13/07 06:00 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bucks [Re: deerchaser007]
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007,
In theory you are correct. In reality, there might be several different herds rotating through that 1 mile block at any given time. So they might have killed the 13 bucks out of several different groups.
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#492349 - 11/13/07 08:12 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bucks [Re: fishboy1]
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fishboy,.. its not theory for some. It actually happens in some areas. Most just choose to not see it.

In reality,.. yep,. you could have killed deer off another neighboring square mile block,.. but who is to say hunters and herd densities are not the same on them as they are your 1 square mile block??

What i'm getting at with the asked question is ,.. you can harvest a 1.5 year old buck. QDM does not support ,.. and i believe that is for a reason. On a big lease,... you can harvest one,. eventually other lease members are gonna do the same. If you are in a co-op with nieghbors ,.. you can harvest one ,.. but eventually so will your neighbors. You can do it on your own personal property or private lease,. and it only affects you and your little herd. So in my opinion,.. a true QDM supporter would never shoota 1.5 year old buck for any reason. Unless it was on property not managed for qdm!!
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#492556 - 11/13/07 09:20 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: Greg .]
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I wont shot a buck unless hes goin on the wall bt thats jus me
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#492620 - 11/13/07 09:42 PM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: DEER HUNTER 76]
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deerchaser007.....your missing the whole point of the discussion. It's not whether or not to shoot young bucks. It's whether that negatively impacts the herd IF DOES ARE ALSO HARVESTED. In all of your scenarios, you only talk about the killing of young bucks.
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#492819 - 11/14/07 06:40 AM Re: Does it really matter if you shoot year old bu [Re: pass-thru]
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deerchaser007,

In your scenario you have 30 deer per square mile yet the hunters kill 13 bucks. In a "perfectly balanced" herd at 30 deer per square mile there would only be 10 bucks, 10 does, and 10 fawns per square mile.

In addition, I would never call 30 deer per square mile a "high density deer herd." 60 deer per square mile might be called a high density deer herd. Then consider that at least double that number of deer cross each square mile and you have 120 deer using that square mile of land. If the herd is in great shape (1.5 does per buck and 80% fawn recruitement) that gives you at least 32 bucks, 49 does and 39 fawns crossing the property. 13 bucks killed from 32 bucks is only 41% of the available bucks. If at least half the bucks are surviving from year to year, that's pretty good and buck age structures will advance.
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