This is my first post on this forum, so I'd like to introduce myself to you. My name is Bruce and I live in south-east New South Wales, Australia. I'm a very keen deer hunter and work as a firefighter.
We don't have Whitetails over here but we do have lots of Fallow deer plus some good numbers of Sambar, Rusa, Chital and Red deer. There is also small numbers of Hog deer and a few Wapati/Red hybrids.
I mainly hunt Fallow, Reds and Sambar in my area.
I've been managing a herd of fallow on a remote 250 acre property for the last 18 months. There's about 140 deer living on and around the block. It's surrounded by National Park and State Forest. Hunting is not permitted in the National Park but it is allowed (under strict licensing conditions) in the State Forest. Poaching has been a common and on-going problem.
The sex ratio of the herd is about 4:1 does to bucks and I've been working at trying to fix this. The landowner wants the herd reduced to about 50 animals and is getting pressure from National Parks rangers to do more to reduce the numbers.
I shot 28 does last year and so far this season (started 11 days ago) I've shot 6. I plan on shooting another 25-30 does this year, and then doing another census to see how the ratio is looking.
My long term goal is a smaller number of healthier, bigger bodied deer, a broad range of ages and around 1 doe to 1 buck sex ratio. Antler size should improve as a by-product of a healthier herd.
I look forward to discussing deer management issue with the members here.