# How many does should I harvest?

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Population models used by many state wildlife agencies across the whitetail’s range suggest a harvest of 20 to 30 percent of the adult does in a given population will stabilize the herd (“adults” are 1½ years or older).

## How many DOE should I harvest?

A general rule-of-thumb is to harvest one doe per 100 acres minimum. The metric I use goes as follows: If the percentage of does harvested that are 2 1/2 years or younger is greater than 50 percent and less than 60 percent, you are harvesting the right number of does.

## What is a good doe to buck ratio?

The buck to doe ratio over much of the United States is probably somewhere around 1 whitetail buck per 3 to 5 adult whitetail does. This ratio is considered satisfactory for good (annual) production and recruitment of white-tailed deer if one is interested in a quick turnover in the herd.

## How many deer per acre is healthy?

What is the best deer density for my property? There are a lot of variables that determine the optimal deer density for a property, but 20-30 acres per deer is a relatively safe goal to start out with.

## How many deer is too many?

A buck-to-doe ratio of 1:3 is good, but Kammermeyer says 1:1.5 is ideal. If you are already in that neighborhood and your habitat is in good shape, consider shooting one doe for every buck to maintain the current ratio.

## How many deer should be on 100 acres?

To stabilize the herd shoot one adult doe for every 25 to 100 acres of high-quality habitat, one for every 100 to 300 acres of moderate-quality habitat, and one for every 300 to 640 (or more) acres of low-quality habitat.

## How many deer can live on 80 acres?

For a rough guide, plan on 8-10 for a 40 acre parcel, 12-16 for an 80 acre chunk of cover and 18-20+ for 100-300 acres or more.

## Is doe or buck meat better?

I’ve heard some hunters claim that “does taste better than bucks.” That’s not inherently true. A mature doe that’s spent a summer nursing fawns is about the toughest, stringiest deer in the woods. The nutrients she consumes are going to the betterment of her fawn’s health, rather than her own.

## Will a spike buck get bigger?

Few yearling bucks with spike antlers are genetically programmed to remain spike bucks at maturity. But if we shoot them as spikes, yes, they will never have more than spike antlers. If hunters would let them go, plenty of them can grow into handsome trophies once they overcome a slow start.

## Are bucks more rare than does?

Approximately 50 percent of fawns born each year are bucks. The population now has 120 does and 31 bucks — a 4:1 ratio. Biologically, that’s still a rather skewed ratio, but it illustrates how quickly things balance out.

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## What happens when there are too many deer?

Summary: Overabundant deer can spell trouble for people, including frequent car collisions and the spread of zoonotic diseases. But deer can also disrupt wildlife communities — such as forest songbirds — by eating away their habitat.

## How many acres is ideal for hunting?

This is a popular topic among hunting land buyers. Two frequently asked questions are, “How many acres do you need to hunt deer?” and “What is the minimum land needed to hunt?” For smaller or slower animals, such as turkeys and rabbits, it’s best to have at least five acres. For deer, ten acres or more is ideal.

## Are deers overpopulated?

Deer overpopulation is a growing problem. … Deer populations are no longer held in check by their natural predators, and humans are creating perfect deer habitat in yards, parks, and golf courses and along highways.

## How can you tell a big doe from a small one?

Think of them as a suitcase compared to a briefcases. The mature doe has the long shape of a large suitcase, while the young deer will resemble a square box or briefcase. Fawns and juvenile deer will have short snouts, whereas an adult has an elongated nose.

## Are deer overpopulated in the US?

Although a highly valued species, the white-tailed deer has reached record population levels in many states and will continue to grow. Densities may exceed 40 deer per square mile in some rural areas, and over 100 deer/square mile have been documented near many eastern metropolitan areas.

## How long does a deer live?

Most white-tailed deer live about 2 to 3 years. Maximum life span in the wild is 20 years but few live past 10 years old.

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