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#6949020 - 11/06/17 06:56 PM No does, all bucks
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Registered: 11/12/09
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Loc: McKinney/Van Alstyne
New lease this year, 5000 acres in Dickens County. Since we put cams up several months ago we are getting majority bucks and very little does. The numbers seem to be good, a lot of different bucks. Should we concentrate on thinning bucks and leave what does we have alone? Suggestions?
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#6949042 - 11/06/17 07:07 PM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
It would be interesting to know what your buck-doe ratio is before you start shooting critters. We have a good balance of bucks to does, but I can watch 20 bucks at the feeder and only see a yearling doe, crazy. And I will jump a dozen does on the way to the feeder. They just aren't hitting corn around us. Better munchies out there.
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#6949533 - 11/07/17 06:51 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Too early with range conditions to know what you have out there. Wait for the cold weather and reasess what your counts are then.


Edited by Pitchfork Predator (11/07/17 10:50 AM)
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#6949583 - 11/07/17 07:30 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
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Registered: 10/17/11
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Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa
Agreed. I have been seeing the same thing although I know better. I had a bumper fawn crop this year with lots of twins and lots of happy does. I went from seeing probably 15-20 does just out and about this summer to one or two currently. They are there, just back in the thick stuff staying full and content. I agree about waiting for the cold before making any decisions. Regardless, sounds like you have a good problem on your hands!

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#6949662 - 11/07/17 08:18 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
westtexaswatkins Offline
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Registered: 05/31/07
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Loc: Anton, TX
Some places are just like that. Mine is the same way. I don't have near as much land as that but I know every doe on my place. I have 4 to 5 times as many bucks as does. This is my 3rd year to own my place and I will not let anyone shoot does until I get the numbers right. I have lost some great bucks from my place because of the lack of does during the rut. A lonely buck will travel where the most does are.

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#6949707 - 11/07/17 08:40 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
bdgreen Offline
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Registered: 11/01/17
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Loc: Houston, TX.
This is supposed to be a really cold winter so they are probably out fattening up for that and the upcoming births. Corn just isn't on the menu right now.

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#6949830 - 11/07/17 09:47 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: westtexaswatkins]
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Originally Posted By: westtexaswatkins
Some places are just like that. Mine is the same way. I don't have near as much land as that but I know every doe on my place. I have 4 to 5 times as many bucks as does. This is my 3rd year to own my place and I will not let anyone shoot does until I get the numbers right. I have lost some great bucks from my place because of the lack of does during the rut. A lonely buck will travel where the most does are.
We have the same 'problem'. We average about 3 bucks per doe. About 2 miles from here on a friend's 1500 acres he has 3 doe per buck. He has river property with much more bottomland habitat. We're up in the hills in pretty rough stuff. Buck habitat.


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#6949901 - 11/07/17 10:13 AM Re: No does, all bucks [Re: jskin]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 286
Early in the season, we always count more young bucks than does at the feeders.

As the season goes on, it will change. You'll get more doe and eventually older bucks when the rut hits and after some freezes.

Too much good to eat right now to bring mature deer in steadily. Mostly young deer and lots of young bucks hitting the corn/candy.

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