I don't get it either. I hunt a 12 section ranch with one other guy. He happens to be the son in law.
I cannot call the shots on the ranch, but if I were in charge we would let probably 10-20 does get shot of this ranch for free. He agrees with me but the ranch owner (his FIL) doesn't want just anyone coming out there. His ranch, his rules. I will follow them.
I have no clue why doe hunts are so expensive. I just don't get it.
Just my two cents but we don't run a huge ranch but we fill four 2 thousand pound protein feeders once a month and run 3 corn feeders almost year around, and I have no clue what it cost the owner pays for everything but if I was guessing it adds up to a few thousand dollars a year, and we only sell 3-4 buck hunts a year and they are mostly cull hunts. We just sell a few hunts a year to help pay for the feed because she loves watching the deer and taking care of them as she says!!