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#6018169 - 11/08/15 05:55 PM When do you shoot does?
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Howdy,

I was curious as to how early in the season y'all shoot does?

I went hunting with my brother yesterday. We hunted from the same stand and I let him have the first shot on opening day. He made a great shot on a doe at 200 yards and the deer didn't take a step. I was pumped! We had shot a lot in the off season and I enjoyed helping him get ready.

We hunt on his father-in-laws land. The father-in-law kept giving him crap saying you don't shoot does right now because does bring in bucks. What do y'all think? This has been eating at my brother a bit.
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#6018174 - 11/08/15 06:02 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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#6018178 - 11/08/15 06:03 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I have no problem with it. I look forward to the meat in the freezer and we have had a lot of does on the cams this year. I told my wife if she sees a good one take it.

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#6018399 - 11/08/15 08:07 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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#6018438 - 11/08/15 08:29 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I usually wait till after the rut and have for the last 25 yrs now. If you have to shoot a lot of doe then I start after Thanksgiving so the fawns are old enough to do well on their own.
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#6018452 - 11/08/15 08:39 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I'm all for shooting them as soon as it is legal. But then I have no more interest in shooting antlers. 2 does feed me and Mama for the year so I'm not picky when it comes to meat hitting the ground.

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#6018488 - 11/08/15 09:02 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I wait till late December. One of those doe u kill may have been the one that would bring in a big boy. Plus lots of young fawns still sucking milk right now.
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#6018587 - 11/08/15 09:49 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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When they first show up. Mind you, if a nice buck and a doe come in together- BUCK DOWN!
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#6018800 - 11/09/15 06:45 AM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I see 3 schools of thought.

1) Anytime - take does out whenever you can early, rut, or late.

2) Late - want as many does around until after hunting bucks in rut.

3) Early - don't want to take a bred doe.
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#6018829 - 11/09/15 07:14 AM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Everyone has a different opinion. We kill them early, middle, and late. We try and make sure they don't have fawn(s) with them early in the season.

Sounds to me like FIL should have made his wishes known beforehand if he had a preference-instead of raining on your brother's parade.
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#6018927 - 11/09/15 08:14 AM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Here in camp county we can't shoot does right now. Only in bow season thanksgiving and muzzleloader.
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#6019481 - 11/09/15 11:59 AM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Aoparently whenever my 7 year old's blood lust annoys me to the point I cave. This year, roughly 3 hours.

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#6019735 - 11/09/15 02:27 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Enter Standman]
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Originally Posted By: Enter Standman
Aoparently whenever my 7 year old's blood lust annoys me to the point I cave. This year, roughly 3 hours.


now this is the correct answer! smile
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#6020252 - 11/09/15 07:15 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Shoot early; if you shoot late, especially with a young kid around, you might just see one inside the doe, which could be upsetting.

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#6020552 - 11/09/15 09:36 PM Re: When do you shoot does? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Killing them before the rut can do a couple of things for you. One, thinning the doe makes the bucks move more to search for hot ones thus exposing them for you to shoot. Two, since there aren't as many to breed your bucks may not get quite so run down and survive winter better allowing them to get a better jump on antler growth the next spring.
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