Hmmm, tough question. Here in Kentucky, namely Jefferson County, the deer situation has evolved into more of a nuisance problem. That being said the local powers that be have deemed a unlimited doe harvest policy. In Jefferson County, if I bought the required bonus tags or felt the inclination, I could harvest a hundred doe's if I wanted to. We hunt approximately 600 acres of mixed woods and fields. We have acres and acres of various plantings for all the wildlife on our property including deer. BTW, baiting for deer is legal in Kentucky. Sometimes various members of our hunting party, including myself, have been known to put out and hunt over the product Deer Cocain. We havest between 25 to 35 doe's per season via bow, muzzle loader and rifle. One year we had a hadicaped gentleman take one with a cross-bow. 90% of all our deer harvest gets donated to a local charity called Hunter's for the Hungry. Unethical......I don't think so. I will add that we have a "outside the ears" policy regarding bucks. I have been hunting this particular piece of land for 8 years and have never harvested a buck. Not that I haven't had the chance, I'm just a bit more discerning than just wanting to get a rack on the wall. I have passed on numerous 130 to 135 inch deer. Frankly I don't want to even bother shooting a buck unless it is in the 140 class. What I'm getting at is all this "baiting" we are doing has not really aided the harevest of trophy deer. There have been around seven 130 class plus deer taken off our land in the past 8 years. We have been "baiting" every year since inception. I'll also add that we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 hang on stands scattered throughout the property along with every hunter having his own climbing stand. So coverage is not an issue.
Soon, when food is not so readily avaliable we will fill our 4 Moultry Feeders regularly along with 6 some odd gravity feeders to ensure success of the herd through the winter. The way we manage the deer herd is probably second only to some big name outfitter type place. We take care of our animals on a scientific basis thereby managing the herd with precision. You would be hard pressed to find a healthier buck to doe ratio.
GSPhunter opinion hit the nail on the head......................educate yourselves on the facts then form your opinion based on your own constitution, not the next guy who tells you your wrong.
I conclude with this; I am a bow hunter through and through. While I have taken many deer with muzzle loaders and rifles, nothing gets me going like drawing on a mature whitetail doe. I have seen many a buck come through my hunting area and I will get away with more mistakes with them than I will any mature doe. They are one of, if not the most wiley creature in the woods. Guys, they are just as hard to arrow when they are licking on a salt block as they are just ambling through the woods.
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