My goals are a bit complicated b/c I hunt two very different properties in two states. I guess that is what QDM is all about, trying to taylor your management to the specific needs of the property.
I hunt a small farm that I have no ability to do habitat mgt. on b/c the owner rents it out for crops and pasture. It does however benifit from being very close to a large and professionaly managed property. There are ample oppertunites for large bucks and an ongoing need for doe control. My plan is to hunt for 3.5 yr old bucks with both my early ML and bow tags. I will take a doe on the last day of ML if need be. Otherwise, I will most likely hold off on does until the Thanksgiving antlerless season, where I hope to take 4-6.
I own a micro timber with one clover plot and my cabin. I have worked hard, given my small budget, to make it deer friendly. The timber is very thick and I use most of it as a sanctuary. I only hunt the edges, on favorable winds. There is a poaching problem in the area and I do not see tremendous numbers. In 5 years there, I have taken 6 does and 0 bucks. At times I have taken the wrong does (the old grandma's). And I have taken them too early in the season, removing potential buck magnets. This year I hope to hold for a 3.5 yr. old buck and wait on does (if any) until the late season.
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