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    Wandering what people think is most important when it come to deer quality is it genetics,nutrition or management?Lets hear your theory!
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    In the Midwest, management is the most important for how we hunt.

    Being in farm country, deer already have thousands upon thousands of acres of food available. A buck can't reach it's genetic potential unless you practice good management, harvesting does and letting the young bucks walk.
    Be good or be good at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed View Post
    In the Midwest, management is the most important for how we hunt.

    Being in farm country, deer already have thousands upon thousands of acres of food available. A buck can't reach it's genetic potential unless you practice good management, harvesting does and letting the young bucks walk.
    Absolutely, I totally agree. QDM is very imporortant. But some areas it just will not happen.


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    The one buck rule in Indiana has done more for growing larger bucks than anything else I can think of...
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    For me the most important quality for good deer is


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    Look at where the P&Y and B&C bucks are being taken and look at a soil chart and you will have your answer.
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    If you own land - your on your way. If you don't, get a lease that you know you won't lose for several years.
    Plant food plots, make mineral licks, set harvest guidelines. Remove any animal that you feel won't benifit the herd in the long run. Have a couple areas where you stay out of so the deer aren't disturbed - kind of a safe zone. Now the biggy - keep treaspassers (poachers) at bay. This takes money and time. There are times when patience and a gillie suit come in handy did I say that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbdcougar View Post
    Look at where the P&Y and B&C bucks are being taken and look at a soil chart and you will have your answer.
    ok now explain south texas and mexico!
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    in the midwest we have food and genetics you just got to let them grow ...... but hey shoot what u want my first deer was a 55lb button buck and it was more then big enough for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by killbambidead View Post
    in the midwest we have food and genetics you just got to let them grow ...... but hey shoot what u want my first deer was a 55lb button buck and it was more then big enough for me
    Your gonna get roasted for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowhuntnHoosier View Post
    Your gonna get roasted for that one.

    Nut by mee cusz I is jist a "neck".
    someone trys to roast me and ill start taking pictures of the 8 deer we have mounted that score over 130

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    Quote Originally Posted by iawalleyeguy View Post
    ok now explain south texas and mexico!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbdcougar View Post
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    what are we looking at the two areas don't realy match up is it the lower percentage i'm not seeing any connection however ,I
    never thought of south texas' soil having anything in common with our soil up here so you maybe on to something i just need more info
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    Actually, it's a pretty good match up between areas high in Mollisols in particular. The only area that really doesn't work is Maine - there must be something else going on there. I saw another graph that showed 3.5yr old scores vs soil content. The areas with high content of these soils were an avg. of 30pts. higher. Not saying you can't do other things to help yourself - just saying don't assume you can get your area to match the best counties in IL.
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    Deer hunting is whatever you make of it. If you want to shoot a big buck your chances will be better if you dont shoot small bucks. If you could care less about horns and prefer to shoot any leagal deer so be it. As long as its legal I could care less what deer another guy shoots. The most important thing is to enjoy the sport and pass it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iawalleyeguy View Post
    Wandering what people think is most important when it come to deer quality is it genetics,nutrition or management?Lets hear your theory!
    I would say no hi-power rifle season like IOWA- management

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    the best deer is the one layin next to the taters and gravy....

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    I can throw out an idea about Maine, it's remote, cold as he**, and darn few people or deer. A deer has to be big in body at least, to survive. Relatively light hunting pressure means they get to grow a while. Just a guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    The one buck rule in Indiana has done more for growing larger bucks than anything else I can think of...
    Sure has done wonders for Kentucky, too!

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    The "soil" theory does seem pretty interesting and appears to be relatively consistent w/ the maps provided. I would have to agree that it does play some role in the scenario...to some degree.

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