If the spikes are less than 3", it counts as an antlerless deer. If they're longer, best call the local WCO and sort it out with him.Dan W York 5B said:Question... So you shot what you think is a yearling doe but it turns out to be a buck. How do you handle this as its not a legal buck right?
thanks for the info... 1st year with a doe tag so I am getting excited! I had one in my sights last year at less than 20 yards... 1st day crossbow and watched it for 20 minutes on the ground base of a tree. I was shaking even know I knew i couldn't shoot it. Even got a video on my cell before it busted me. I will never forget that morning!jmbear12 said:If the spikes are less than 3", it counts as an antlerless deer. If they're longer, best call the local WCO and sort it out with him.Dan W York 5B said:Question... So you shot what you think is a yearling doe but it turns out to be a buck. How do you handle this as its not a legal buck right?
That said, the smaller deer are either young doe or button bucks, and if you're patient, you can usually see the bumps on the head which will tell you it's a buck.
I generally go for a nice, long-nosed older doe... less concern about shooting a button buck, and I'm a fat kid that can go through three decent sized deer in a year's time. An adult doe will yield me 15-20 packs of steaks and ~20 lbs of scrap for burger, bologna, etc.
I hunt public/SGL and I haven't got a deer yet so I think I will go with any legal deer I can. Thanks for the info will use this in the future. I also started to follow QDMA for info... but right now I am just learning the woods and if I get a crack at a deer I'll be taking it.dpms said:Depends on why you want to harvest a deer. If any deer will make you happy, shoot any deer that is legal. If you are happy with any deer, and really like the meat, try holding out for a older doe. If you are interested in game management, which deer to shoot becomes important. if you shoot a fawn, there is a chance you are shooting a buck fawn, so learn what to look for to distinguish them apart. Older does are more likely to have multiple fawns, and the fawns have a better chance at making it. If deer numbers are low and you want more deer, shoot younger does, or bucks. If deer numbers are high and you want less deer, shooting older does is better.
I really like a lot of jerky... so when i take it to the processor whats the best to order? I know ill want the back straps and the tenderloin. What do they use for the jerky? I really don't want to look like such a noob. HAHAHA... and do most places actually give you the deer you bring them or just the product they make based on the pounds you bring etc.? Thanks all!!!WOL said:For the first, go with whatever deer gives you a shot. Don't get hung up on "management goals". To get your family into eating venison, start with making burger into stuff like chili, meat sauce for spaghetti, meatloaf, tacos, etc.... Then take the tenderloins - marinade for a couple days and grill to medium. Slice thin and make a nice gravy. The back straps you can cube up and make some awesome kabobs. For the steaks, you can cube up and make a nice stew. Roasts? We always make sauer braten but a nice pot roast will go over well.