willypete wrote:My problem is young deer. I just dont understand the population on my 80 acres. Maybe someone could give me some kind of hint to what is going on.
4 years ago the population wasent very good across the board. Then some young bucks started to appear and the last 2 years the population exploded. Deer are everywhere, but not a lot of old ones. Last year i could probably note 2 old does on the land and maybe 4 older bucks. But ATLEAST 10 very little deer probably that years or last years crop. (There were more deer but they were kind of in the middle.)
Is it just a phase of the growing population? Will it start to slowly age in the coming years?
Well, Im no expert at this but here is my thoughts. I don't know how the land you hunt is laid out. Does your 80 acres have what deer need? Cover, food, water? I had a similar situation on 180 acres of private land I used to live and hunt on a few years ago. The Neighbors to the east had a giant corn field and was left uncut thru bow season. I didn't see squat for deer that season mostly because they sat in the corn field all season. It was good cover and food for them. The day the neighbor cut that corn field, the deer suddenly appeared. They didn't go far, but they did bed on my side of the fence and fed on their's. The only thing the land I hunted had was old alfalfa and some CRP which the deer hit real good one year. The alfalfa kinda went unattended for at least a year which is why it probably became unattractive, then the years after they left it alone knowing the neighbor had a huge corn field to feed on instead.
I guess my suggestion is to find out what the neighbor's got going on.
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