Me, Shoot a Doe?

Many hunters and deer managers in our area have accepted the necessity of doe harvest to effectively manage toward the common deer management goal of increasing buck body and antler size. Some, however, still object to this practice. I have found the "no doe harvest" mindset to derive from two arguments. Let's examine each from a biological perspective. Argument No. 1. Don't shoot does, because they produce buck fawns! Fallacies in the argument: 1. Buck:doe ratio of fawns is 1:1. Assuming a 75% fawn crop for the herd, there is about a 37% … [Read more...]