I own 13 acres. I am the only person that hunts this land as well as the the only hunter on the property around me which is about another 120 acres. As an FYI.. a major highway runs the length of the entire northern boundry, and a small river along the length of the eastern boundry. In the past I have not cared what I shot, and I normally take 2 deer per year, does, bucks it didn't matter.
Now this year I have been feeding the deer on my property, a Moultrie feeder set a.m. and p.m. feeding corn, and about 100 lbs of apples and pears dicarded from a grocer every week. The property is holding alot of does, I have not seen or got any pictures of bucks this year but when I had seen them last year they where normally small, 4 -6 points.
Now, my question is, should I pass on any bucks seen while hunting in order to grow them larger for future seasons? And about taking does, would you advise me to take out 1-2 does from there this year or leave them alone in order to grow the deer population, (and possibly more bucks)?
Any advice would be appreciated, I have been bow hunting for many years and have a little experience when it comes to hunting and such, but not to much when it comes to QDM or TDM. I also just got a permit for a Town owned property (which sees as many as 12 hunters per day on a 250 acre parcel, and which I already had killed a small buck, but the guys there don't care...a doe or buck..put it in the truck!) so really, I do-not even need to hunt my land this year at all if many of you suggest leaving the bucks and does alone to get bigger and gain a larger herd?
What are your thoughts???