I don't have an ego when it comes to deer hunting. As far as freezer space is concerned I spend enough money each year on hunting so that I can try to feed my family with a healthier meat. I'm going to try and fill it with two MATURE deer IF I CAN but that's a challenge in itself. So far in the 5 years of hunting I've only been able to take two deer once. That shows I think of conservation. I've let far more deer walk
yes the first deer i ever shot was a spike horn
im not saying that its wrong to shoot little deer
ive shot 5 deer in my life (only 17) 2 have been big 8 pointers
but the thing that gets to me is that every one allowed to hunt on that property has agreed to not shooting little deer or young deer
am i only trophy hunting no i am not all about killing big deer
but what upsets me a little bit is when people that hunt the land complain and say lets do a QDM plan and come hunting season i see them driving out with little deer
and they still complain about
I have been hunting and managing 110 acres for the last 4 yrs, I bow hunt it all to myself, but then I am joined by my two brothers for gun season. In the last 2yrs we have harvested 2 eight point bucks that were 3.5yrs old. I have had local farmers come in and plant overgrown fields to increase the food in the area, and this year I began implementing a protein mineral site for the deer to use. The most important thing I did was get out and talk with my neighbors about deer management. After 3yrs of talking with other landowners around where I hunt I have about 1,400 acres that are now deer management properties. I was surprised by the overall acceptance of the concept.
Last year my neighbor who has a boy that started hunting got lucky and shot 2 1.5yr old bucks right behind his house on thanksgiving day. I had seen both bucks on different occasions through out the bow season. After gun season I stopped in to talk with then for awhile and congratulated the kid on his tremendous success and shooting skills. After talking with them for a little while I mentioned the concept of deer management and what a lot of other hunters are doing in the area, the dad and son got really excited about the idea and both agreed to try and take mature deer.
I guess what I am saying is property size isn't a huge issue, just get out there and pound the pavement a little bit and start talking to your neighbors, you may be surprised to find out how many are willing to try deer management.
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