Nope, because you would then be guilty of wanton waste, which is illegal.
By the way, will someone please explain why killing fawns is wrong? I'm not getting that one. How does shooting a doe fawn differ from shooting a yearling doe?
Where does it say in the Missouri game laws that wanton waste is illegal. Not to argue the point, and not saying it isn't in the laws, I just can't remember reading it in them. I know some states have these laws, but don't recall it for Missouri. And not to belabor the point, but even those wanton waste laws in other states do not necessarily apply to the scenario presented.
But to give you your point about wanton waste, I can give all twenty of the does to charity, it's still wrong as my taking twenty does damages the herd. And that is not illegal, just wrong.
My perception as to why killing fawns is wrong, is the same as to why killing young bucks is wrong. It's too easy, these animals have yet to benefit the herd, and you may by accident kill a buck fawn. Plus what's the purpose of killing it, to get 20 pounds of meat? So you aren't killing it because it's going to fill your freezer, you're not killing it because they're just so darn difficult to hunt, the only reason that comes to my mind is you've just got a desire to kill something and if that's why you're hunting you should probably find something else to do. What is it that Dr. Saxton Pope said: "The true hunter counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport." There isn't much effort involved in killing a fawn, or for that matter a young buck - it's pretty easy in my part of the woods and not all that fair.
Okay, on the wanton waste issue, I will admit that I cannot take you directly to where it says that in Missouri code. I know it is in Iowa's but I sometimes blur the lines because I hunt both states. I suspect it is illegal in Missouri but I cannot prove it right now.
Now on killing fawns, I totally disagree! I'll take it point by point.
Too easy? I thought it was about the good of the herd. If a deer comes easily, I should not shoot it? What if I wear bells on my shoes, then would it be okay?
What do you mean by "yet to benefit the herd"? Isn't population control beneficial to the herd? How does leaving one more hungry mouth in the field for an entire year, only to kill it for population control as a yearling a benefit?
You ask, "what's the purpose of killing it?" Well for me the purpose is to keep the herd on my little property within the optimal carrying capacity, while not making a significant disruption in the family groups using it. The meat is one heck of a bonus. You may poo-poo the poundage, but I am pretty happy with the loins, straps and roasts that come from little does.
As for the suggestion that I am merely a killer and ought to find something else to do with my time is pretty offensive to me. Oh well, I guess you have to have a thick skin around here.
"Not much effort in killing a fawn"? I guess I consider being a year round steward of the land and student of the herd effort enough. I also consider day after day of pre-dawn wake ups, frozen toes, and tedious hours on stand effort enough. Squeezing a trigger? Yeah that's easy (on fawns of 6 year old bucks).