How Many Does Should We Shoot?

Ed E. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about how many does to shoot. “Lots of the literature you read
says to shoot as many does as possible in order to help your buck population.
We did that on the farm we hunt and now we just don’t see many deer. What did
we do wrong?”

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Target Predators To Hunt Year-Round

The shriek of a terrified rabbit shattered the peaceful morning, just as day
broke over the rolling hills of the pasture. What was happening? The question
was answered as coyotes began growling at each other, fighting over their kill.

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It Ain’t A Bow

Jay D. from Pennsylvania writes to ask about crossbows. "My state is
now allowing anyone to use crossbows during the bow season. I’m a gun hunter
and am thinking about using a crossbow next fall, and am wondering why the
state bowhunter group (United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania) are opposed? Is such
opposition from organized bowhunters happening in other states?"

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Turkeys: Mean Girls Of Fall

If you’re lucky, you’ll hear a flock of fall turkeys before you see them, and on that afternoon, I did. As the flock strolled by to my left, the big hen walked to the base of my tree. She peered up as I muttered threats into my facemask. She got me again, triumphantly putting her alarm and sending the flock running. When archery season ended, I concentrated on bagging the big hen.

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Billy Buck: Say ‘Cheese’

Jed R. from Pennsylvania writes to ask about trail cameras. "I love my
trail cameras, but I continually get lots of photos with nothing on them. Any
thoughts on why this keeps happening?"

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Google Those Bucks!

Charles B. from central Pennsylvania writes to ask what he is doing wrong or
not doing, relative to seeing shooter bucks. He notes that he uses doe
urine for attracting, and red fox pee for a cover scent, and in the past two
years he has taken does, but no shooter bucks. "Do you have any
advice?"  he asks.

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What Does Should Be Targeted?

John A. from Pennsylvania writes to ask about does. "We have been
trying to get the sex ratio on our property closer to 1-to-1, by shooting more
does. But is it best to shoot the older does or younger does, when it comes to
production of good bucks, or doesn’t it matter?" 

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Ground Cover Loss: Invasive Plants, Not Deer Density

Jerry N. from Pennsylvania writes to ask about ground cover vegetation and
deer density. "Does have been hammered in our area, and the Game
Commission wanted this done to help the ecology of our forests to recover. But
where I hunt that hasn’t happened. A few of the native plants that we used to
see years ago, are not visible even though we’ve killed a lot of deer, and we
see many fewer deer than in past recent years. Any ideas on what is happening?”

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