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#553723 - 01/07/08 06:02 PM Re: QDM Club Penalties [Re: Chaneylake]
10 Point

Registered: 08/01/02
Posts: 4083
Loc: Tennessee

How is your clubs buck/doe ratio? Are yall killing enough does to keep a healthy herd on your 1000 acres.

EVERY club I have been involved with talks a good game, but few do the recommended doe reduction for fear that there may be a shooter buck nearby. Afterall, who wants to pay good money for a QDM club and kill does???

EDUCATION is definitely the key to protecting your 2.5 year old bucks. Even the BEST and most experienced deer hunters will screw up occasionally so I wouldn't sweat a couple 2.5 year olds. I would suggest you mandate a couple doe kills before they can fill another buck tag where applicable. This might mean holding off until muzzleloader season or a Juvi hunt or whatever.

What County in S.E. Tn. are we talking here???

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#553918 - 01/07/08 07:43 PM Re: QDM Club Penalties [Re: Chaneylake]
Mountain Buck

Registered: 07/26/07
Posts: 23
Loc: TN, Marion County

Post a picture of the teeth & rack so we can see the difference.
I think a lot of times we all say 2.5 years old when we see an average rack size.

#554199 - 01/07/08 10:01 PM Re: QDM Club Penalties [Re: Mountain Buck]

Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 82
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

I can answer these questions since the club is on my property in hamilton county.
Our buck/doe ratio is around 2.3 does per buck.We kill on average 2 does per buck each year.
From 1987 to 2004 we allowed1 buck per hunter and we killed on average 3 bucks per year,with most of these being 21/2 yrs old.
In 2005 we went to 2 bucks per hunter,with the first buck min.of 125 in. gross or 31/2 yrs old ,this allowed you to receive your 2nd buck.If it did not meet the min. you lost your 2nd buck.
Since we have gone to two bucks we have killed (4) 2 1/2yr old (4)3 1/2 yr olds (3)4 1/2 yr olds (1)5 1/2 and (1) 7 1/2 yr old.
In 3yrs we have increased our harvest of mature bucks by raising the buck limits.As far as penalties for breaking the rules .No deer is worth losing the friendships that are made with my fellow hunters.

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