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I thought a goal of HR/AR was to get close to a 1/1 doe/buck ratio. In the areas I hunt, it seems to be about 4-5/1. Are bucks just over hunted because of all the seasons or what should be done to fix this? Maybe it doesn't matter.
 

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Around here on the public, I would say adult does:adult bucks is 3-1 or so. Throw in male and female fawns and it is much worse. There are more buck hunters than doe hunters. It is that simple. Also, I go 'back in" to hunt does on public. I will drag a doe 2 miles, as I did this year. Most guys won't. Bucks, they will.
I personaly think it does not matter, until it gets to 5-1 or so. I am not a biologist.
 

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IIRC doe to buck ratios are calculated on the population before the hunting season and is for 1.5 year old deer and older (no fawns). I think I read the the absolute worst possible ratio is like 5:1. I also believe that after deer season the ratio is heavier towards the female generally. I will see if I can find the article that talks about them. It was a pretty good read.
 

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Very important to not count fawns as doe.
It is really a lot closer than many think because of this, Not 1-1 though.
 

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Bucks over hunted?
you guys are only allowed 1 in ur state? Im not understanding this.
So I guess New York doe birth more bucks thats why we can shoot 3 in 1 season
 

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adult buck to doe ratio is probably around 2 to 1, mebey less. throw in fawns and it's closer than that. look at last years harvest, you'll see almost a 50/50 split in the male & female harvest. and thats with more doe tags than buck tags in this state.
 

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Antlered Buck Harvest
2008 2009 2010
New York 105,747 / 102,057 / 106,960
Pennsylvania 122,410 / 108,330 / 122,930

Antlerless Harvest
New York 117,232 / 120,741 / 123,140
Pennsylvania 213,440 / 200,590 / 193,310
 
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