Ohio farms wrote:Sierra, not sure if you have heard about Plumbrook and Ravenna control hunts. It's a lottery system that takes place in the summer. If you are interested in applying let me know and I'll give you a heads up when it's time to put in an application. It's done on line for $3. It can be really exciting.
rthomas4 wrote:The keys deer are not protected, nor are they that small. A big 8 point might go 100-110 lbs, and the does usually average around 70 lbs. The only protected deer in Florida are in state and Federal preserves where there is no hunting at all, and I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed or fined for hitting a deer with a vehicle in the state of Florida. BTW, even the doe that was cut out of the python killed in the everglades was 70 lbs.
There is a line across the state, and most of the deer below that line are somewhat smaller than those above the line. But this follows the same pattern as deer in the nation as a whole. As with most game animals, the farther North, the larger the body sizes. And there is also a correlation between habitat, so deer that live in salt marsh areas tend to be somewhat smaller than those that live on the mainland; this can be attributed to nutritional sources available more than actual geographic location.
Ohio farms wrote:Sierra, I'll give you a heads up when the time comes to apply for the hunts. I think it is sometime during the summer.
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