I bet 85% of the does (including sexually mature yearlings) in our area have been humped on
How many of those result in conception is the next question - 85%? Then, how many conceived deer go full term - 85%? Followed closely by how many fawns survive to maturity - 75%?
Assume a property has a 2:1 doe to buck population - 100 does and 50 bucks. At optimal habitat, 10 acres will sustain 1 deer. Therefore this hypothetical property is 1,500 acres in size.
So...out of 100 does, 85% are 'bred' = 85 pregnant does. Out of those 85 deer only 72 have a viable fetus (85% of 85). Of those 72 pregnant does, only 61 go full term to drop fawns (85% of 72).
Assume the 61 full-term does throw 1.5 fawns each. You now have 92 spotted milk drinkers which are a mix of D's and B's. Add this to the existing 100 does and 50 bucks and the hypothetical property has exceeded its carrying capacity in optimal
conditions by 92 mouths.
I think I just convinced myself that responsible doe harvest is paramount to good wildlife management.
Better start dropping some slickheads!
Somebody tell me if this scenario is off base.