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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Camden NY, 2D, 2B, 1B
Re: Yearling or older doe?
For me, it depends on the time of year. I get nervous about shooting doe in rifle season because I don't prefer to kill pregnant doe. I used to never worry about that stuff, but now that we take a more strict management approach to the property I'm more apprehensive about it. We go through about 6 deer a year, so I like to shoot the bigger doe early in the season if I can. The younger deer are more tender obviously, but I have killed some giant older doe and haven't had an issue with taste/tenderness. I soak all of my meat for a few days in ice water. It removes a lot of the gaminess and seems to keep the meat more tender.
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2B and 2D