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#542381 - 12/27/07 08:41 PM Buck / Doe ratio
Rusty Nail

Registered: 09/17/06
Posts: 54
Loc: Dickson, TN

I'm seeing a ton of yearlings and mature does on the land. Rarely seeing bucks. Obviously they're there 'cause something doing the breeding. I assume the mature bucks have gone nocturnal. Question: Should I assume that I should take a few more does this year to better equalize the ratio? I've held on the small bucks that I have seen (2, 4, 6 pointers - but few and far between). I've got a few does in the freezer and have been holding out for Mr Big Buck. Thinking now with the season drawing to a close, I might ought to harvest a few more does to make for a better herd. Ideas? Comments? Thanks.
"We're burning daylight"

#542425 - 12/27/07 09:09 PM Re: Buck / Doe ratio [Re: Rusty Nail]
6 Point

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 853
Loc: Savannah, TN

I personally think that is a good idea! Im doing the same thing on my property.
#542571 - 12/28/07 12:00 AM Re: Buck / Doe ratio [Re: primos32]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16923
Loc: Allardt, TN

Nothing wrong with killiing some does where its legal.
-QDM=Better Deer, Better Deer Hunting
-Let Him Go, So He Can Grow

#542802 - 12/28/07 09:19 AM Re: Buck / Doe ratio [Re: smstone22]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65620
Loc: Nashville, TN

Equalizing the sex ratio will help drive the bucks you have into more daylight movement.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#543047 - 12/28/07 12:44 PM Re: Buck / Doe ratio [Re: BSK]
10 Point

Registered: 11/16/03
Posts: 2673
Loc: Humphreys,TN

Hammer the does. Your overall deer sightings will go down but the number of buck sightings will go up. It depends on which you prefer. A big percentage of hunters would rather see a bigger number of deer than a smaller number with more bucks.
The more small ones you let walk the more big ones you will see

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