I wasnt saying that shooting a doe will spook Mr. Big. I was just saying that by shooting doe's on your property early that the bucks will have less desire to come check the area out since the doe are gone.
To each his own but im going to try to keep the doe around until after the rut is over.
I got to re-reading this thread this morning. I got to thinking about my past record and tried to come up with a rule that would cover what I've done. What I found is that I am a take-doe-early kind of guy. The vast majority of my doe have been taken in October, or certainly by the end of Opening Weekend of gun season. I have also encouraged my sons to take doe with their Yute permits.
My reasoning has been this:
1) My best shot at a trophy buck is usually Opening Weekend of KY's rifle season. These bruisers are coming from off-property. A doe here or a doe there early in the season is not going to affect them all that much.
2) If I haven't seen a shootable buck come by my stand by Noon on Opening Saturday, I'm going to opt for a nice doe and get it to the processor. That leaves me two more weekends to hunt Mister Big.
3) Weather gets to be a problem in the Trans-Bluegrass the further into November you get. The last thing I want to be doing is freezing my butt off in December still trying to fill my first tag. By the time Ohio's Shotgun Season opens the Monday after Thanksgiving, I want to be in by the fire with my freezer full.
This year, things will change. #2 son has his first set of adult tags. I'm not going to suggest anything to him. If he wants to go hunt the Great White Whale, that is fine. He needs to find his own way in the world. #3 son is hunting his first year as a Yute. Yutes get one tag, and they get a special Yute Season this weekend. Angus, #3, says he is of the brown-n-down school of thought. That means we should have one doe in the freezer when Moose and I get to go out the following weekend for Smokepole Season.
If Angus really does bag one, that's probably one doe. If Moose scores with his muzzleloader, it will probably be a doe as well. If I bust a cap, that's probably 3 doe in the freezer before All Hallow's Eve, with two adult tags left. The first freezer is full, and we're now jockeying for room in the second. Remember too that the bucks around here can top 300 lbs live weight. On the one hand, I don't want freezer space to dictate my sporting habits. However, the second freezer is there because the shaman went back out into the woods two years ago after cramming the last pound of sausage in the first--big mistake.
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