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Deer Hunting

Hunting does part 2

Uploaded on January 26, 2009

Is there a better or best time to shoot a doe? Meaning, should I concentrate on killing a doe early in the season and then taking bucks later towards the end of the season?
Is there anyone who has killed one in late season and field dressed a pregant doe?

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I have field dressed a doe that was in early pregnancy the embryos were about the size of a mouse, this was during the Kansas antlerless season in early January. If I get a chance I take a doe because you never know if you will get another chance later. Even if you do shoot one you can continue sitting in your stand and see if you can kill a buck on the same trip.

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from victorytw228 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Like Herbie we have an extended doe and spike season after our rifle season. so we usually wait till the end. every doe we cleaned had an embryo though. It kinda made me wonder why they have it at the end of the season.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

The one good thing about killing does early in the season, preferably before the rut, is it will make the rut more intense with more competition for bucks to breed does.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I think shooting does should take place whenvever the opportunity presents itself. Wisconsin, the state I hunt in, Has a earn a buck season where you have to shoot a doe to earn a buck tag. I think the whole state should be like this among others.

If the breeding seasons starts in September in most northern areas, How big would that embryo be say, in January. Can anyone here even tell me the gestation period for whitetails?

Shoot does whenever you get the chance. You never know when you might see another and ive shot bucks coming in to investigate the doe lying on the ground.

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Shoot whatever walks out. But I do agree with kvlazer22

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Many of the hunters I know opt to take a doe early in the season. Their reasoning is that if you fill the freezer early in the season with a doe, you will feel less obligated to shoot a small buck.

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from Drew McClure wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you have lots of does then meat shouldn't be a problem, older ones can be weary, but as far as challenging quarry they aren't. Bow hunt them early and let em' walk late in the season, this is what I have learned by taking three sets of twins that I would like to seen mature. "If its brown its down" may rhyme, but has only so much reason. Following a good year our camp just voted only one doe per member, to protect the herd from over hunting.

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from jjames wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with smitty. When you get an oppurtuniity at a doe go for it. I wish Oklahoma would have the earn a buck tag that would be great. Where I hunt we are overrun with does. We make sure to fill all of our doe tags every year. We donate a lot of the meat to hunters for the hungry once my freezer is full.

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from tracker7600 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I believe that it really all depends on your hunting area but in the North East the does in January are pregnant, and the deer herd is not as good as the mid-west per say, so therefore shooting a doe in late seasons risks shooting not only a doe, but a potential buck with god only knows what kind of genes. However, the deer heard should be managed properly so that the buck-to-doe ratio is close to equal. Now i know everyone is thinking that that wont happen, and you are all probably right. So I guess depending on the area, does should be taken early in the season before they get bred.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

It all depends on what you are hunting for. If you are a meat hunter - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to put venison in the freezer for this purpose - then I would advise to you harvest does when you have the opportunity. Anytime you let a legal deer walk, there is a chance that you will not get another opportunity. It's a gamble. That is the chance you take. If your main concern is harvesting a nice buck, then let the does walk and hope that a buck is following them. As I said earlier, it all depends on what kind of a hunt you want to have.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

We usually harvest does all during the season even up to late December. Our Muzzleloader season is the 3rd week of December and that is when we harvest alot of does.

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from kmcbroom wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

So what if the deer has an embryo the point these days is to control the population. I know it sounds harsh but it is kind of like those that say they don't shoot a deer if it is young but a dead deer is a dead deer and if it makes you feel any better a young doe won't have an embryo. Man I am still wondering why you are digging inside to even find an embryo I have never even thought about doing that. Just go hunting man.

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from kmcbroom wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

So what if the deer has an embryo the point these days is to control the population. I know it sounds harsh but it is kind of like those that say they don't shoot a deer if it is young but a dead deer is a dead deer and if it makes you feel any better a young doe won't have an embryo. Man I am still wondering why you are digging inside to even find an embryo I have never even thought about doing that. Just go hunting man.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

The one good thing about killing does early in the season, preferably before the rut, is it will make the rut more intense with more competition for bucks to breed does.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Many of the hunters I know opt to take a doe early in the season. Their reasoning is that if you fill the freezer early in the season with a doe, you will feel less obligated to shoot a small buck.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I think shooting does should take place whenvever the opportunity presents itself. Wisconsin, the state I hunt in, Has a earn a buck season where you have to shoot a doe to earn a buck tag. I think the whole state should be like this among others.

If the breeding seasons starts in September in most northern areas, How big would that embryo be say, in January. Can anyone here even tell me the gestation period for whitetails?

Shoot does whenever you get the chance. You never know when you might see another and ive shot bucks coming in to investigate the doe lying on the ground.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

It all depends on what you are hunting for. If you are a meat hunter - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to put venison in the freezer for this purpose - then I would advise to you harvest does when you have the opportunity. Anytime you let a legal deer walk, there is a chance that you will not get another opportunity. It's a gamble. That is the chance you take. If your main concern is harvesting a nice buck, then let the does walk and hope that a buck is following them. As I said earlier, it all depends on what kind of a hunt you want to have.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I have field dressed a doe that was in early pregnancy the embryos were about the size of a mouse, this was during the Kansas antlerless season in early January. If I get a chance I take a doe because you never know if you will get another chance later. Even if you do shoot one you can continue sitting in your stand and see if you can kill a buck on the same trip.

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from victorytw228 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Like Herbie we have an extended doe and spike season after our rifle season. so we usually wait till the end. every doe we cleaned had an embryo though. It kinda made me wonder why they have it at the end of the season.

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Shoot whatever walks out. But I do agree with kvlazer22

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from Drew McClure wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you have lots of does then meat shouldn't be a problem, older ones can be weary, but as far as challenging quarry they aren't. Bow hunt them early and let em' walk late in the season, this is what I have learned by taking three sets of twins that I would like to seen mature. "If its brown its down" may rhyme, but has only so much reason. Following a good year our camp just voted only one doe per member, to protect the herd from over hunting.

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from jjames wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with smitty. When you get an oppurtuniity at a doe go for it. I wish Oklahoma would have the earn a buck tag that would be great. Where I hunt we are overrun with does. We make sure to fill all of our doe tags every year. We donate a lot of the meat to hunters for the hungry once my freezer is full.

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from tracker7600 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I believe that it really all depends on your hunting area but in the North East the does in January are pregnant, and the deer herd is not as good as the mid-west per say, so therefore shooting a doe in late seasons risks shooting not only a doe, but a potential buck with god only knows what kind of genes. However, the deer heard should be managed properly so that the buck-to-doe ratio is close to equal. Now i know everyone is thinking that that wont happen, and you are all probably right. So I guess depending on the area, does should be taken early in the season before they get bred.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

We usually harvest does all during the season even up to late December. Our Muzzleloader season is the 3rd week of December and that is when we harvest alot of does.

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