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September 04, 2009

Earn $5 a Doe in Illinois

By Scott Bestul

With whitetail populations booming in many areas, game agencies have used various methods to encourage a robust harvest of does. In my region, antlerless tags are usually abundant and relatively inexpensive. Across the river in Wisconsin, the DNR had for years used an Earn-A-Buck rule that required a hunter to kill and register a doe before receiving a “buck sticker” that allowed him to tag an antlered animal.

These two examples—which illustrate the alternatives of “encouragement” vs. “requirement”—each have their fans, and one can debate which approach is the most effective. But the Jasper County (IL) Farm Bureau is trying a different approach to encourage bowhunters to shoot more does this fall; financial reward.

That’s right. If you’re a bowhunter who’s killed and registered an antlerless deer in Jasper County, you simply visit a “Farm Bureau check-in site” with the deer and you’ll receive a $5 bonus for every doe you check in. At the end of the early archery season (November 19), the hunter who’s registered the most does will receive a $50 check and a plaque. Hunters who don’t want to keep the does they shoot may donate them to the Food for Hunger Program.

I suppose you could call this financial incentive a “bounty” and to my knowledge it’s never been tried before on whitetail deer. Please correct me if I’m wrong, and feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on the merits of paying hunters to kill deer.
 

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I dont think $5 is enough incentive to get hunters to shoot more does even in the tough economic times. Plus giving out an award(the plaque) for shooting the most is not what hunting is about.

Maybe Jasper County should offer free hunting classes instead of giving out money on the benifits of a balanced deer herd and the advantages of harvesting more does.

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from Koldkut wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

They could just send em out to my place, I'll gladly house a few doe's in my freezer. I find it hard to believe that there are few hunters that value doe's so low that they have to be required or rewarded for taking them. But I quit watching hunting shows because all you ever see if guys glorifying taking big mature bucks and nothing else.

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from Koldkut wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

My second sentence was supposed to read there are so many hunters that value Doe's so low. Sorry.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I shoot doe's for the meat, You can't eat antlers.

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from WATCHINDEER365 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

If they want the deer population lowered. Why don't the farmers team up with the county and state and give away a certain number of antlerless tags, for residents or non residents who want the does, and allow them to hunt their propety. I'm sure there are plenty of hunters that would jump at that opportunity.

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from Bryan01 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Sounds more like a publicity stunt than a well thought out program to me.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I don't think $5 is enough incentive for most people. I agree with Koldkut & NYhunter--does are good meat & the horns don't taste so good. I'm not against taking a nice trophy, but I'd rather have 2 does in my freezer than 1 small buck.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Unfortunately I worry about how much additional illegal activity (trespassing, night and road shooting) will take place if people know that they will get paid for bringing in dead does. Some people will not look at this as how it affects hunting but rather how they can profit from it.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

How much are the tags?

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

this does seem like a poorly thought out plan when you get down to it.

i think this will backfire in a big way.

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from MaxPower wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Great idea. And whether it's encouragement, requirement or bounty it sure is better than animal rights folks pushing the deer contraception idea on us.

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from shane wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You don't have to pay me a cent to stack does.

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from Don Mitchell wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I've said for year that a doe in the freezer is more important than (MAYBE) a big buck,and no, antlers don't make good soup.LOL

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I dont mind shootin bucks but I have enough horns I would rather fill my freezer.

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from walmsley wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

some of you guy's have guessed it! The is a PR stunt by the farm bureau because of the IDNR dropping Jasper County from it's Late winter antlerless firearm season list for this season-DNR now believe's Jasper has a balanced herd, hence that season is no longer necassary- Farm Bureau always believe's that they know more about deer management than DNR or any other living thing!

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from Deepwoods wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Can we say "Market Hunters". With the bad taste those words have left in the minds of millions of Americans, this is just going to give (all, not just in Illinois) hunters another black eye! Are we sure these were pro-gun people that came up with this idea. (and yes I do know that is aimed at bow hunters, I use both a bow and firearm for hunting).

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from walmsley wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Farm Bureau is not anti-nor pro gun persay- They are PRO-MONEY-and see this as a crop damage issue- They would NEVER bounty the bucks, which they want for their outfitting members to be able to sell for the highest price possible!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Typical Illinois Politicians behind this I am thinking, I have 2 Big bucks on my walls that is enough for me, I only shoot does for meat. UNLESS one fine day a truly MONSTER buck with a HUGE atypical rack walks by. After all I am HUMAN!!

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

No pay required here.
You have deer problem.
I have bow will travel.
You give me gas money to boot, well if you insist.

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from pike wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

This sucks cause i live in Illinois and shoot at least 2 or 3 does every year. But i don't live in jasper county so i wont get paid. I also dont think $5 in enough since the tags cost $15

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

The bounty is an interesting idea but money shouldn't be the motivation for hunting. This program sounds like it is more about PR more than solving a problem.
I hunt does for meat. End of story.

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from stickbow13 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

where is the money going to come from??? are licenes going to go up again?????

I'm with charlie elk....have bow & gun will travel

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from Papa B. wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I think it would work better if you give a $5.00 discount on the next doe tag once you prove you are capable of doing the right thing.

Hey F&S, isn't it illegal to photograph money?

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Lets see-- I kill 10 does I get 50 bucks cash-- who are they fooling????

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from thehunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

but 10 doe tags cost 150 dollars

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from hoytfan85 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I grew up in Jasper County and although recently moved to IA for work, all my family lives there. I think it should be very successful, there is definitely an over-population problem in the county and I have heard a lot of talk about it in the county. I think most will enjoy donating the does they harvest to a good cause and the five dollars is just a bonus. Also, the idea of a competition is enticing to a lot of people. Guess we'll see how it goes. Like i said, i now live in IA and won't be making it down home to deer hunt until after the Nov. 19 deadline, but i know many of my family members will be participating.

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from DennyF wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

They should just hire Gary Alt. He succeeded in needlessly slaughtering the deer herd here in Pennsylvania.

We are all still waiting for the more and bigger bucks after several years now.

What we got was way fewer bucks and not more bucks just a small bit more PERCENTAGEWISE. What a joke.

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from jgodsey wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

why don't they just have a couple of days during the season were you can shoot doe's for free if you have a regular hunting license encouraging hunters to shoot does and charging $25 per doe tag resident $100+ or more non resident in INDIANA is not encouraging

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from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Went to college nearby in St. Louis and the deer in Jasper County must be a real problem pertaining to crop damage. Regardless of how cute they are, deer can be like rats in the corncrib if left unchecked. Crops must be grown and harvested. This is a way to encourage harvest and manage the wildlife. As for the deer hunters, I say, whip me, beat me, make me hunt deer, please.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Anyone who would shoot just to get $5 should be ashamed, you should only kill what you can eat or give to family or charity to eat. MONEY SHOULD NOT even enter the equation !

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from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

The five dollars isn't what would make me hunt does. If the tags are free and there is an unlimited amount of does allowed to be taken, thats all I need. Like others have said, this just sounds like a PR tactic, not a way to manage deer populations.

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from merlin228 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I just find it bogus that they would even go to such a low level as paying people to shot does. As far as I am concerned their meat is better then any buck I have shot and you can't eat the horns anyways. They should offer a better incentive program that will bring more people out to their state to hunt.

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from cap5599 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

The farmers or land owners that have a problem with deer,should get with the county and make up a list who is willing to have bow hunters come and hunt does. The hunters would still have to see the owners or farmers first to get permission,even they are own a list. At least a hunter would have a place to start if they were not from the county.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

As a hunter, it sounds like a great idea. Basically you could pay for your hunting tag and for other hunting tags. I wish they had something like this in Florida. But instead of does, lets make it hogs, then I could be raking in some real money.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I shoot doe's for the meat, You can't eat antlers.

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from Koldkut wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

They could just send em out to my place, I'll gladly house a few doe's in my freezer. I find it hard to believe that there are few hunters that value doe's so low that they have to be required or rewarded for taking them. But I quit watching hunting shows because all you ever see if guys glorifying taking big mature bucks and nothing else.

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from WATCHINDEER365 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

If they want the deer population lowered. Why don't the farmers team up with the county and state and give away a certain number of antlerless tags, for residents or non residents who want the does, and allow them to hunt their propety. I'm sure there are plenty of hunters that would jump at that opportunity.

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from seadog wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I don't think $5 is enough incentive for most people. I agree with Koldkut & NYhunter--does are good meat & the horns don't taste so good. I'm not against taking a nice trophy, but I'd rather have 2 does in my freezer than 1 small buck.

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Great idea. And whether it's encouragement, requirement or bounty it sure is better than animal rights folks pushing the deer contraception idea on us.

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from Big C wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Unfortunately I worry about how much additional illegal activity (trespassing, night and road shooting) will take place if people know that they will get paid for bringing in dead does. Some people will not look at this as how it affects hunting but rather how they can profit from it.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You don't have to pay me a cent to stack does.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from jbird wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

How much are the tags?

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Don Mitchell wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I've said for year that a doe in the freezer is more important than (MAYBE) a big buck,and no, antlers don't make good soup.LOL

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from walmsley wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Farm Bureau is not anti-nor pro gun persay- They are PRO-MONEY-and see this as a crop damage issue- They would NEVER bounty the bucks, which they want for their outfitting members to be able to sell for the highest price possible!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from charlie elk wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

No pay required here.
You have deer problem.
I have bow will travel.
You give me gas money to boot, well if you insist.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from DennyF wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

They should just hire Gary Alt. He succeeded in needlessly slaughtering the deer herd here in Pennsylvania.

We are all still waiting for the more and bigger bucks after several years now.

What we got was way fewer bucks and not more bucks just a small bit more PERCENTAGEWISE. What a joke.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from jgodsey wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

why don't they just have a couple of days during the season were you can shoot doe's for free if you have a regular hunting license encouraging hunters to shoot does and charging $25 per doe tag resident $100+ or more non resident in INDIANA is not encouraging

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from MB915 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I dont think $5 is enough incentive to get hunters to shoot more does even in the tough economic times. Plus giving out an award(the plaque) for shooting the most is not what hunting is about.

Maybe Jasper County should offer free hunting classes instead of giving out money on the benifits of a balanced deer herd and the advantages of harvesting more does.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Koldkut wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

My second sentence was supposed to read there are so many hunters that value Doe's so low. Sorry.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bryan01 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Sounds more like a publicity stunt than a well thought out program to me.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from ggmack wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

this does seem like a poorly thought out plan when you get down to it.

i think this will backfire in a big way.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I dont mind shootin bucks but I have enough horns I would rather fill my freezer.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from walmsley wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

some of you guy's have guessed it! The is a PR stunt by the farm bureau because of the IDNR dropping Jasper County from it's Late winter antlerless firearm season list for this season-DNR now believe's Jasper has a balanced herd, hence that season is no longer necassary- Farm Bureau always believe's that they know more about deer management than DNR or any other living thing!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Deepwoods wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Can we say "Market Hunters". With the bad taste those words have left in the minds of millions of Americans, this is just going to give (all, not just in Illinois) hunters another black eye! Are we sure these were pro-gun people that came up with this idea. (and yes I do know that is aimed at bow hunters, I use both a bow and firearm for hunting).

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Typical Illinois Politicians behind this I am thinking, I have 2 Big bucks on my walls that is enough for me, I only shoot does for meat. UNLESS one fine day a truly MONSTER buck with a HUGE atypical rack walks by. After all I am HUMAN!!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from pike wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

This sucks cause i live in Illinois and shoot at least 2 or 3 does every year. But i don't live in jasper county so i wont get paid. I also dont think $5 in enough since the tags cost $15

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

The bounty is an interesting idea but money shouldn't be the motivation for hunting. This program sounds like it is more about PR more than solving a problem.
I hunt does for meat. End of story.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from stickbow13 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

where is the money going to come from??? are licenes going to go up again?????

I'm with charlie elk....have bow & gun will travel

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Papa B. wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I think it would work better if you give a $5.00 discount on the next doe tag once you prove you are capable of doing the right thing.

Hey F&S, isn't it illegal to photograph money?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Lets see-- I kill 10 does I get 50 bucks cash-- who are they fooling????

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from thehunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

but 10 doe tags cost 150 dollars

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from hoytfan85 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I grew up in Jasper County and although recently moved to IA for work, all my family lives there. I think it should be very successful, there is definitely an over-population problem in the county and I have heard a lot of talk about it in the county. I think most will enjoy donating the does they harvest to a good cause and the five dollars is just a bonus. Also, the idea of a competition is enticing to a lot of people. Guess we'll see how it goes. Like i said, i now live in IA and won't be making it down home to deer hunt until after the Nov. 19 deadline, but i know many of my family members will be participating.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Went to college nearby in St. Louis and the deer in Jasper County must be a real problem pertaining to crop damage. Regardless of how cute they are, deer can be like rats in the corncrib if left unchecked. Crops must be grown and harvested. This is a way to encourage harvest and manage the wildlife. As for the deer hunters, I say, whip me, beat me, make me hunt deer, please.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Anyone who would shoot just to get $5 should be ashamed, you should only kill what you can eat or give to family or charity to eat. MONEY SHOULD NOT even enter the equation !

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

The five dollars isn't what would make me hunt does. If the tags are free and there is an unlimited amount of does allowed to be taken, thats all I need. Like others have said, this just sounds like a PR tactic, not a way to manage deer populations.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from merlin228 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I just find it bogus that they would even go to such a low level as paying people to shot does. As far as I am concerned their meat is better then any buck I have shot and you can't eat the horns anyways. They should offer a better incentive program that will bring more people out to their state to hunt.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from cap5599 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

The farmers or land owners that have a problem with deer,should get with the county and make up a list who is willing to have bow hunters come and hunt does. The hunters would still have to see the owners or farmers first to get permission,even they are own a list. At least a hunter would have a place to start if they were not from the county.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

As a hunter, it sounds like a great idea. Basically you could pay for your hunting tag and for other hunting tags. I wish they had something like this in Florida. But instead of does, lets make it hogs, then I could be raking in some real money.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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