goose, funny you start a thread on this, i was just touching this on another thread yesterday i think.check land management natural enhance. as you know, i am also here in wi. maybe this will help you, let me know.
you have just desrcibed the #1 issue to everyone that trys to implement qdm in an area where as a whole not everyone is on the same page. it sounds like you're doing everything seemingly right, yet the action is always at the guys' places where they dont shoot does and let the bucks come to them in november. Right?
sad news, that is the way it will be for you unless you let the doe herd go in your area and push out the bucks there. does claim fawning territories in the spring, and as you let them build in an area with favorable fawning ground bucks will use the land in summer less and less, as does use it more and more. ive experienced this first hand in the reverse. my land and surrounding area was a doe woods, then come november rut all around, but it truely isnt the same as a large scale 1:1 area. but you have the bucks, which is why many say to hell with qdm, stop harvesting does, and start shooting bucks whenever they show up in the fall.
i dont know if you've ever hunted an area that had antler restrictions, but mn has state parks that enforce them, and there are other states with them and i suggest that you take the time to go hunt one. itasca state park in mn has them, and if you go there you will see why i am all for ars. all the action you lack they have, and it doesnt take more deer to get there, only large scale cooperation that wi as a state lacks. all it takes for your area to be screwed up is one guy who dont shoot does and all your balancing work shows up at his place! with more bucks in the herd, this man loses his advantage because more bucks show up via ranwin's description(excellent work there describing how attraction works!!!)and the action there is over and bucks are on the move again. the buck harvest rate here hasnt changed much in time, and bringing the doe herd down and not letting the buck herd ever get some extra has cost this state as a whole dearly. wi needs ars soo bad because everyone here complains/talks about the same issues, and yet no one seems to have any faith in ars. and the funny thing is that all the people that dont want them HAVENT ever hunted an area with them!!!lol.
you need to pick, sadly, to either keep up the faith and take good care of the herd as a whole in your AREA, or just let it all go and have what you want(Bucks in november on your does). you know that aint the "right" answer for the herd, i know that. but your frustrated and that is the only workable way to get the "action" others say they have. but know this, ive experienced wi doe woods and buck woods(summer range) and the action is lacking either way compared to ar enforced largescale areas anywhere. thats why i push and push for ars. i know they work. can u have a good herd across the board w/out ars, of course, look at ohio and the western states and canada. but with the fragmented land here in wi, we need them. that and most everyone has a different description of qdm.
sorry its long but the boat you're in isnt a bad one, but since its stale, your thinking about different ways. understandable!! but i assure you that letting the does go will only bring bad ju-ju in the future!
only if we had antler point restrictions...
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