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#7022011 - 01/02/18 04:42 PM "Special" Late Season
crooked horn Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 147
Loc: Brown County
Was wondering how many people wait until after the General Season to shoot does. I seldom ever shoot one, because the neighbors take care of herd reduction around my place. My thoughts are, you have a month of archery season, and 2 months of rifle season, to take them. Why wait? If your goal IS herd reduction, the sooner the better, plus, a more balanced buck/doe ratio makes for a more active rut. Just curious.
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#7022122 - 01/02/18 06:05 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
Sneaky Offline
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 18788
Loc: Winters
Because they focus on a good buck while theyíre legal. Iíve shot some does, already, but Iím going back for a few more. I space it out so Iím not cleaning 6 deer in one trip.
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#7022148 - 01/02/18 06:26 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
rexmitchell Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 2463
I tagged out on bucks after the 2nd weekend of rifle season. I've shot one doe but would have shot more by now typically. I've been trying not to pressure our property while others are still trying to get a buck. In years past I usually only take one doe until both buck tags are filled, so late season I'm doing more shooting.

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#7022195 - 01/02/18 06:53 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
Tff caribou Offline
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Registered: 08/27/12
Posts: 4023
Loc: Watauga, TX
I really only shoot does early in the season if they show up as a hunt is ending, and I need the meat. I think Iím like a lot of guys. Donít want to shoot a doe midhunt in the off chance a big buck is in the area.
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#7022326 - 01/02/18 08:02 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
WatersFowler Offline
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Registered: 08/19/12
Posts: 252
Loc: Melissa, TX
Maybe you guys can clear something up for me.....during the youth season can the youngsters shoot bucks?
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#7022350 - 01/02/18 08:15 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
Buck25-06 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/16
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Loc: Hunt county Texas.
I don't like to take late doe unless need meat.
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#7022363 - 01/02/18 08:20 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
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Loc: Breckenridge Tx
I wish TPWD had a Doe only hunt for a couple of weeks before general rifle starts. Hate killing late season pregnant Does.
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#7022377 - 01/02/18 08:33 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: WatersFowler]
rexmitchell Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
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Originally Posted By: WatersFowler
Maybe you guys can clear something up for me.....during the youth season can the youngsters shoot bucks?


Yes.

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#7022524 - 01/02/18 10:20 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: WatersFowler
Maybe you guys can clear something up for me.....during the youth season can the youngsters shoot bucks?


Yes.


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#7022575 - 01/02/18 11:12 PM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: Stompy]
crooked horn Offline
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Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 147
Loc: Brown County
Originally Posted By: Stompy
I wish TPWD had a Doe only hunt for a couple of weeks before general rifle starts. Hate killing late season pregnant Does.
That would be my thought as well, but I can understand why people would be afraid they might over pressure their place. Pretty sure the only reason it is set up like it is, is to extend the season, and thereby keep hunting related money flowing. If TP&W really wanted to trim the herd, they would make shooting does mandatory, before getting a buck tag, like some places up north do. Having said that though, I don't guess there is a wrong time to shoot a doe, if you need too.
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#7022913 - 01/03/18 10:02 AM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
AdvTX Offline
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Registered: 09/18/04
Posts: 1424
Loc: Dallas / Rolling Plains
I wish they would make it spike only and leave the late season pregnant does alone.
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#7022917 - 01/03/18 10:05 AM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4965
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
If population control is your goal then the breeding, pregnant doe, should be your targets. 2 or 3 birds with one stone.

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#7022943 - 01/03/18 10:21 AM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
sbushee Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 1940
Shoot does early and get em out of the way before the rut starts. Just my .02

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#7022973 - 01/03/18 10:41 AM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
TiggerV Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 190
I try and kill bucks early, and does late. But that also is decided how much meat I still have in the freezer. If I am low on venison I will take a doe early in the year on last hunt of the trip.

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#7022988 - 01/03/18 10:46 AM Re: "Special" Late Season [Re: crooked horn]
QMC(SW/EXW) Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 38
I kill a doe as soon as I can. I no longer care about antlers so the quicker I can get the meat down the better.

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