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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Management ?

I am looking for guidance regarding deer management.
What should be the best management decision regarding harvesting the biggest buck?
Current there are 5 buck on a small property, a ten point, 2 eight points, six and spike.
Harvest the ten or not?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 01:55 AM
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Re: Management ?

Shoot the ten point. It might get hit by a car or not be there again for other reasons. The other 4 bucks are doing as much breeding if not more than the ten point.
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I have always thought that if it is in fact a small property, you are not able to "manage" it anyway because they won't spend all of their time on that ground and you can't control you neighbors.

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Re: Management ?

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I have always thought that if it is in fact a small property, you are not able to "manage" it anyway because they won't spend all of their time on that ground and you can't control you neighbors.
Yep, all you can do is make your property the best it an be to hold deer on a regular basis. Not shooting one of those bucks is not necessarily "saving" them for next year.

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Re: Management ?

take whatever buck is legal, that you'd like to take. simply your preferance, really no management involved in that one.

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Re: Management ?

Unless it's a sanctuary where no one puts any pressure on the deer it's hArd to manage a small piece of woods since the deer will move.

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Re: Management ?

Left out half the picture. How many Doe are on that same property? Shooting buck based on antler size or number of points is not management on any size property outside of a high fence. Waugh!

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You can manage the habitat on small parcels, you can manage hunting pressure on small parcels, but you can't manage deer on a small parcel. Do the first two and hope for the best on the third.

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Re: Management ?

Harvest the ten if you get the chance, but i wouldnt hold out for him if one of the 8's walk by and he is nice to. Let the small ones walk.
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You can manage the habitat on small parcels, you can manage hunting pressure on small parcels, but you can't manage deer on a small parcel. Do the first two and hope for the best on the third.
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