Thanks "Passin through" and "Eat deer" for the advice. In the area where I own property they are increasing the antlerless deer permits this year because the deer herd is increasing in that part of the state. I am sure they will apply for the extra permits, and I will encourage them to shoot more does instead of shooting small bucks. When I bought the property 5 years ago, the first day I bowhunted I saw 14 does under 1 apple tree in 1 1/2 hours (but no bucks). There are plenty of doe to shoot.
Actually I had the same idea as Eat deer. I am going to contact a logger and have my property logged this winter after hunting season. I want to turn it into a jungle so the deer feel safe. I also want the logger to dig out 2 small ponds as water sources for the deer so they stay on my property. I already have 3 food plots and am looking to increase that. In Central New York there is a company called RPM Ecosystems that sells a number of oaks and the trees are 4-6' tall after only 18 months. I planted some bur oak trees last fall (all survived) and I am going to plant more this September. They bear acorns very quickly...usually 4-7 years after planting. I'll get more in the spring to replenish the trees that are logged.
I have given them QDM material and articles about letting deer go until 3 1/2 or 4 1/2 years old, but they just aren't interested. I think they just want to hunt and are missing the enjoyment that comes from managing property for better habitat for the deer and other wildlife. I'm starting to get more grouse nesting on my land, and the turkeys love it. I have trail cam pictures of flocks of turkeys eating in my foodplots as well as deer. Being as steward of the land is a blast! I wish they could catch that, but I think that having to travel from Long Island to their camp hinders that. It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive for them. The price of gas in NY now doesn't help that either. I will keep trying though, even if it takes 15 years, it will be worth it and my kids will benefit from it later.
"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."