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Will you shoot a small doe? I mean if you saw a doe (in late November or early December) and you knew she couldn't be over 75 pounds would you shoot her? I think I.......

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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?

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

never have thought of it like that hjohn. i neither agree or disagree. she may grow. she may not.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

she's a yearling. Shoot if you want some tender meat.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

that makes sense. if the season was windin down i would take her. plus young deer are especially delicious.

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from shane wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I would let her walk, I dont like to kill yearling's. They tast good but their too young.

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from KMB33 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot it. I just can't shoot a deer that hasn't even lived a full year of life.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Same here if it's close to closing the season I am no longer lookin for horn, just meat in the freezer.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

"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.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

every time i get the chance . tender meat and we have no shortage of does here in ky

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Greenhead wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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!!!!!!!

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from usmcturkey wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Well atleast here in NC that would be a decent sized doe so yes I would take it.

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Unless it had been an unsuccessful season up to this point, I'd likely shoot her with my camera and wish her well.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Now that's good eatin'! Yes I would, Mother Nature is a cruel mistress...mush more cruel than a rifle bullet.

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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. . .

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

out where im at the law says fork horned or bigger.so i got no choice in the matter

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from Armchair Mike wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from peter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

yeah ur prpbably right, i think i would shoot her

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Kentucky Hunter-
Your right about that!

Fill the freezer!

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

yeah I probably would and let me tell you I'd still enjoy the meat just as much.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I'd let her go... she will grow up.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

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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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Now that's good eatin'! Yes I would, Mother Nature is a cruel mistress...mush more cruel than a rifle bullet.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

out where im at the law says fork horned or bigger.so i got no choice in the matter

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from shane wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

she's a yearling. Shoot if you want some tender meat.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

never have thought of it like that hjohn. i neither agree or disagree. she may grow. she may not.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

that makes sense. if the season was windin down i would take her. plus young deer are especially delicious.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

"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.

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from usmcturkey wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Well atleast here in NC that would be a decent sized doe so yes I would take it.

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from KMB33 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Armchair Mike wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Unless it had been an unsuccessful season up to this point, I'd likely shoot her with my camera and wish her well.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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?

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from Greenhead wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

every time i get the chance . tender meat and we have no shortage of does here in ky

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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!!!!!!!

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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. . .

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot it. I just can't shoot a deer that hasn't even lived a full year of life.

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from peter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

yeah ur prpbably right, i think i would shoot her

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Kentucky Hunter-
Your right about that!

Fill the freezer!

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from jbird wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

yeah I probably would and let me tell you I'd still enjoy the meat just as much.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Same here if it's close to closing the season I am no longer lookin for horn, just meat in the freezer.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I'd let her go... she will grow up.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

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.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

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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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I would let her walk, I dont like to kill yearling's. They tast good but their too young.

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