My family loves venison, but I won't shoot anymore. Years ago I would take 2-3 deer but now I will only shoot one nice buck or go fishing. I would like to see deer for my children to enjoy, but I think they will have to go to the zoo. Hunters don't have to participate in the DNR's raping of a beautiful God given resource. We are not "forced" to shoot a doe. Don't shoot does and we will have good hunting for our kids.
N.C. has switched to allow taking UNLIMITED antlerless deer during hunting season because the deer population here is out of control. When I first started deer hunting 33 years ago, it was illegal to even take a doe. You were really doing something if you saw 5 deer in a day. Now, something's wrong if you DON'T see 10 deer in a morning of hunting. Back in the early 80s, it went to where does were allowed to be taken in archery season and during a 3 day period during the 6-week gun season. That quickly became a week of doe days in gun season, which progressed to does being legal any day of the hunting season. Tags went from one buck only in the late 70s to a buck and a doe, then two & two, on to two bucks & three or four does. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission would not have allowed those kind of numbers to be taken if it were going to damage the herd. There might not be enough deer where you are, but that is just not the case around here.
We have removed the deer's natural predators and it is up to us to fill in that void. By not shooting enough does, we have actually hurt the herd by there being too much competition for the same food resources, along with the fact that sub-dominant bucks can do some of the breeding, which will only hurt the overall genetics of the herd. The size of the animals will get smaller, which is a bad thing.
Don't shoot does now and our kids will probably be forced to take them year-round. Watch out as you are driving around too. The number of deer/ vehicle collisions has steadily incerased. That only means higher insurance rates for all of us.