What IS true is that some of those old does are harder to hunt than some big bucks. REAL hard.
I know that Does play a large role in QDM practices however, I was wondering if there is a benefit to taking a certain age class of Does?
If so, what is the best way to age a Doe on the hoof?
My personal experience, trying to manage a very small property with a moderate herd, has lead me to begin protecting older does. I feel that older does tend to "set up shop" on good breeding habitat. They also seem to keep a small family group of younger deer in the area, taking their cues from her. This will in turn make visits from mature bucks likely during the rut. Whereas when I have killed old does on my woodlot, the rest of the herd seems nervous and harder to pattern. However, as your hunting area grows, I think aging becomes less important.
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