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#6460486 - 09/20/16 01:42 PM Proper deer ratio on land?
WestTexasGolfer Offline
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Say you have 50 acres or 100 acres whatever is easier to figure... What is the proper doe to buck ratio per acre if you have unlimited source of food???

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#6460493 - 09/20/16 01:46 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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1 to 1 is perfect. 1 to 1&1/2 is great. With unlimited food and water. So on a hundred acres of great property, I would say 7 bucks and 7 does. Others feel free to jump in and prove me wrong.
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#6460509 - 09/20/16 01:53 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I would think ratios wouldn't matter much on land size. On smaller acreage you can run a higher buck ratio to give more buck options and only keep the number of does needed for replacement. What you trying to do?
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#6460524 - 09/20/16 02:02 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: redchevy]
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On that size property you cant control the ratio unless it's high fenced.

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#6460563 - 09/20/16 02:25 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: JJH]
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The "proper" ratio depends on your goals. Specifically, whether you are managing for trophy bucks or quantity of bucks. There are also more factors in the equation. TPWD has some good articles on deer herd management that are specific to the various ecoregions of Texas. That would be a good place for you to start your research if you are interested in a deep dive into the subject of whitetail management.

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#6460712 - 09/20/16 03:46 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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If I had unlimited food resources then I would run 3 bucks per doe or the keep the amount of does needed to supply you with enough buck fawns. Less work killing does. Then it will depend on what your habitat will take or how deep your pockets are as far as density.
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#6460824 - 09/20/16 04:54 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
1 to 1 is perfect. 1 to 1&1/2 is great. With unlimited food and water. So on a hundred acres of great property, I would say 7 bucks and 7 does. Others feel free to jump in and prove me wrong.
popcorn


I would go with a number closer to ten.

What many people often overlook is that deer have a built-in dispersal mechanism that helps limit inbreeding. Simply put, deer want their "space" as much as we do, which means you will not dramatically increase deer numbers by throwing up more feeders. Supplemental feeding impacts quality more than it does quantity.
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#6460980 - 09/20/16 06:11 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: JJH]
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Originally Posted By: JJH
On that size property you cant control the ratio unless it's high fenced.


Yep

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#6461170 - 09/20/16 08:17 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: Texas Dan]
stxranchman Offline
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
1 to 1 is perfect. 1 to 1&1/2 is great. With unlimited food and water. So on a hundred acres of great property, I would say 7 bucks and 7 does. Others feel free to jump in and prove me wrong.
popcorn


I would go with a number closer to ten.

What many people often overlook is that deer have a built-in dispersal mechanism that helps limit inbreeding. Simply put, deer want their "space" as much as we do, which means you will not dramatically increase deer numbers by throwing up more feeders. Supplemental feeding impacts quality more than it does quantity.

loco If he has deep enough pockets he can have tails sticking out of the HF fence on all sides giving him quality and quantity.
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#6461379 - 09/20/16 10:20 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: stxranchman]
WestTexasGolfer Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
1 to 1 is perfect. 1 to 1&1/2 is great. With unlimited food and water. So on a hundred acres of great property, I would say 7 bucks and 7 does. Others feel free to jump in and prove me wrong.
popcorn


I would go with a number closer to ten.

What many people often overlook is that deer have a built-in dispersal mechanism that helps limit inbreeding. Simply put, deer want their "space" as much as we do, which means you will not dramatically increase deer numbers by throwing up more feeders. Supplemental feeding impacts quality more than it does quantity.

loco If he has deep enough pockets he can have tails sticking out of the HF fence on all sides giving him quality and quantity.


This is what we are looking to do pack them in and go with it. violin

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#6461586 - 09/21/16 07:21 AM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
Mr. T. Offline
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Originally Posted By: WestTexasGolfer
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
1 to 1 is perfect. 1 to 1&1/2 is great. With unlimited food and water. So on a hundred acres of great property, I would say 7 bucks and 7 does. Others feel free to jump in and prove me wrong.
popcorn


I would go with a number closer to ten.

What many people often overlook is that deer have a built-in dispersal mechanism that helps limit inbreeding. Simply put, deer want their "space" as much as we do, which means you will not dramatically increase deer numbers by throwing up more feeders. Supplemental feeding impacts quality more than it does quantity.

loco If he has deep enough pockets he can have tails sticking out of the HF fence on all sides giving him quality and quantity.


This is what we are looking to do pack them in and go with it. violin


Ohm my quote was for low fence land. High fence, 100 acres can easily handle 100 bucks and 100 does.
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#6461601 - 09/21/16 07:34 AM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Originally Posted By: WestTexasGolfer

This is what we are looking to do pack them in and go with it. violin


Go where with it?
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#6461603 - 09/21/16 07:38 AM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I can't speak for everyone on my lease, but my feed pen indicated a 5 buck to 1 doe ratio last year from almost a 20K picture count. What's the possibility of this ratio throughout a 3200 acre low fence place?
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#6461713 - 09/21/16 08:51 AM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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The possibility of that is not good, however if it is you have the best place in the world to rattle bucks in. I have been on a place that had a 2 buck to 1 doe ratio before. So, I guess anything is possible, but a 5 to 1 seems out of balance to me.
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#6462470 - 09/21/16 04:31 PM Re: Proper deer ratio on land? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Yall are doing better than me, I have a 6 doe to 1 buck ratio....
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