ORIGINAL: longcarbine ranwin33
You say we should be involved in growing healthier and bigger deer. But don't you think that we have crossed the line in some areas? Shouldn't we leave some of the responabilty on mother nature and time.
I think we still leave most of it to mother nature - no matter how hard we work.
Genetics for one, its pretty much been proven that we cannot alter genetics in a herd - even on those big 10,000 acre ranches. Additionally, for the small land owner like me, I'll never be able to plant food plots to a point where they are providing significant nutrion to a deers diet. My foodplots might help a little bit, but I'd say most if not all deer on our property would do just fine without them, so again Mother Nature still get's most of the work.
The only thing I can really do to improve herd health is shoot more deer, mainly does so the habitat isn't being overused, and allow young bucks to live a few additional years. But again, Mother Nature still gets the nod, because she's made these critters far better at evading me than I am at finding them.
I think for most of us our efforts are commendable, but Mother Nature still plays the predominant role in what happens with deer.
Sure some cross the line, but most of us don't have the means, financial or otherwise to get to that point.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”