I have yet to read or talk to a biologist that says shooting fawns is bad for the herd. I agree we need to educate, but we need to do so based on scientific research and proven findings, not on " what works for me" or a don't want to shoot bambi issue.
I have yet to read or talk to a biologist who has suggested that shooting fawns is part of a proper QDM strategy. If you could point me to some articles, I'd be happy to re-examine my opinion. Also, remember that less than 20% of buck fawns actually develop buttons, so as you're shooting those fawns there is a good chance you're taking bucks out of the population.
Here is an article that supports shooting does as opposed to bucks and fawns since shooting does eliminates 2-4 deer from the herd as opposed to only one. . http://www.mnqdm.com/fall04/biologyf04.html
And from Charles Alsheimer - I don't see any mention of shooting fawns. Only does, and bucks beyond two years old.
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Q: What is quality deer management?
A: In a nutshell, QDM is a form of deer management that produces quality bucks, does, and fawns. The harvesting of yearling and two year old bucks is restrained in order to produce mature males. The harvesting of does is emphasized in order to control the whitetail population's adult doe to antlered buck ratio. In addition, the practice strives to keep all deer habitat at a high level. Finally, quality deer management should strive to improve landowner relations and increase the quality of the hunter in the field. The end result is a quality hunt. [/font]
[font=arial]Given how little meat I'd get from a fawn, it's just not something I see much sense in.[/font]
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