Originally Posted by brokenarrow
I read an article a few weeks ago about taking does. I think it was in Peterson's Bowhunting(I can't find the mag now) But the jist of it was, take your does early(pre rut)This limits the choices for the bucks and the larger bucks will mate before the younger ones, it also means you won't take a doe later that has already been bred. But the most interesting thing I thought was a study done tracking bucks from birth. Now if anyone else saw this correct my numbers if I'm alittle off.
They tracked 37 bucks:
18 orphaned, 19 whose mother was still alive. After 3 yrs all 18 orphaned bucks were still on they're home range, and 16 of other 19 had moved off they're home range. So by taking does you can increase the number of mature bucks on your land or wherever you hunt.
I'll try to find the article and check my facts but I'm pretty sure they're correct.what don't they do studies on?
Pretty intresting... But I wonder... the reason those bucks aren't moving off the land is probably because there are no new bucks coming onto the land looking to get some fun time in... which means while you may have a nice deer there you stand a good chance of NOT getting the big bucks because they have no reason to come around you.
I also wonder where the study was done... probably in an area with a very low deer / sq mile population