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Question by hjohn429. Uploaded on August 04, 2009
I think I would because a normal whitetail doe should be over 100 pounds in November. She should have been about 75 pounds in late September and if she is that much under-weight than she must be a runt or she is starving and needs to be put out of her misery. I know this may sound mean, but if a runt gets bread it will only give birth to runts and they will do the same and soon you will have a problem........What say you?
never have thought of it like that hjohn. i neither agree or disagree. she may grow. she may not.
she's a yearling. Shoot if you want some tender meat.
I would take her. Where I live (Maryland) there is a big problem with overpopulation of deer. Deer here are smaller than ever because the land just cannot support big deer in some places. Rather that dying off young, many of these just live but their growth is stunted. I can't say whether or not a 75 pounder would survive a winter here, but I'd have no problem taking her as long as the meat goes to good use.
that makes sense. if the season was windin down i would take her. plus young deer are especially delicious.
I tend to go for mature deer, but if it was down the the wire and it may be my last shot for the season, she's goin' in the freezer.
I would let her walk, I dont like to kill yearling's. They tast good but their too young.
I would take her because i live in western iowa and we have a large deer population problem. Plus a young deer would take the most animals out of the system in the long run.
I wouldn't shoot it. I just can't shoot a deer that hasn't even lived a full year of life.
Never understood people who would not shoot a yearling since it was to young to shoot....Why is it better to kill a mature doe and not a yearling. But I guess that is what makes this country such a great place. People are able to make their own decisions.
I for one have no problem shooting a yearling or a small doe. They taste much better than the older mature deer.
Same here if it's close to closing the season I am no longer lookin for horn, just meat in the freezer.
"Life is short, shorter for some than for others" Gus McCray in Lonesome Dove. I would (and have in the past) shoot a nice tender Doe. We have a deer population problem in Eastern KS.
every time i get the chance . tender meat and we have no shortage of does here in ky
If it were the end of the season and I had not shot meat for the freezer she would go down. There is no guilt associated with shooting a doe and I encourage it on my property. I try to keep a good balance and it's not that easy to do but it is the proper management tool. I do have a hard time shooting a fawn that has not developed survival skills. Sometimes you will see one that is so very helpless that you simply can't pull the trigger. Every man has to make that decision for himself.
I still hunted in that snow last muzzleloader season, and walked right up on a bedded doe. She stood up, and gave me a perfect 30yd. shot. I didn't take it, because I knew she had a yearling w/ her somewhere, and that's the deer I wanted. I hunt young does, the meat is absolutely awesome! By the way, I already had 4 deer in the freezer when this happened, so i was being rather picky w/my freezer space.
Everywhere I hunt deer, there is a an overabundance and no ecological reason not to shoot. I eat veal and lamb, so you better bet that little doe will soon be next to some broccoli and potatoes.
I shot a large doe last year with two yearlings, I thought nothing of it at the time....However, when cleaning out her "milk sack", it did bother me just a little bit...I won't shoot another yearlings again!!!!!!!
Well atleast here in NC that would be a decent sized doe so yes I would take it.
sounds like a personal decision to me but personally it is a shooter in my book. they are tender and as others have said where i hunt doe taking is encouraged. one farmer says you want a buck bring me three does.
Unless it had been an unsuccessful season up to this point, I'd likely shoot her with my camera and wish her well.
Now that's good eatin'! Yes I would, Mother Nature is a cruel mistress...mush more cruel than a rifle bullet.
Yep, it's goin in the freezer. I shoot dinner first and then trophies. Now if I could just get one of those trophies to walk by my stand. . .
Yep, especially this year. I'm primarily hunting with my bow and I plan to do as much as I can to close our buck to doe ratio.
Beekeeper is right. The young'uns are much more succeptible to predation or vehichle collisions, etc. I agree with Sharkfin too. Rarely if ever do i hunt where the ratio is desireable. I'd be doing my part.
out where im at the law says fork horned or bigger.so i got no choice in the matter
If it doesn't have spots, put it down. They used to call me the slayer at my old club because I am a meat hunter. People with too many does on their leases love me, and I often get invited to hunt for free on private clubs.
yeah ur prpbably right, i think i would shoot her
Your right about that!
Fill the freezer!
yeah I probably would and let me tell you I'd still enjoy the meat just as much.
I'd let her go... she will grow up.
If there is space in the freezer, I have a doe tag, and the season is drawing to a close, I would love nothing more than to harvest the doe. The smaller ones are tender, and easier to drag form the woods.
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