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Deer Hunting in Northeast Louisiana

THE NEW AREA 4

I hunt on a large lease in the Washington Parish area that is now located in the new proposed area 4. We have been a six point or better deer club for the past several years now and allowed to kill 3 bucks un-limited club wide and only 2 doe up to 75 per season club wide. Most of the members will not shoot a doe and almost look down on the members that do kill one and i have never seen over 30-40 killed in a season. with this being said we are over run with doe of all ages. i have seen as many as nine in my plot at one time and not one buck (not even a knott head). i saw only 3 or 4 bucks last year and no shooters at all. im not sure if it is low deer population or just hunters passing on a shooter buck or doe waiting on a trophy deer that might not ever show up because they are getting fewer & fewer and the ones we do have dont have to leave the thickets to breed or feed.
February 13, 2013 at 2:21pm
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bowhtr1 Profile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 6:55pm
Chut um

I think you already know what your club needs to do. To get support get the area wildlife manager in the and have him guide your club in the right direction. Hint, shoot does and if you think you shot enough shoot some more. :)

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hunt r Profile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:36pm
why?

Not sure of your question, but since u are in one of the few clubs that see deer regularly, how would cutting ur does in half help u have more bucks? The problem is, too few bucks, not too many does. If ur seeing several grown does together that dont have 2 yearlings, then thay arent getting bred because of too much pressure on the bucks.

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bowhtr1 Profile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:18pm
Managment

If he sees that many does and no bucks he needs to shoot some does. A good population of deer is 30 per square mile. He had nine in one field. You need to try and get to (but you will never get there) two does for every buck. That is why you leave this to the Wildlife Managers that get paid to do this. They will make the proper call. I know of alot of places that will not shoot does and have them everywhere but wont listen to the Wildlife Managers. They dont see big bucks. Too much competition for food. They only complain about not seeing big deer. When clubs finally decide to change this rule and kill does they see big bucks again in as few as two years.

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Mike Guerin, Louisiana Sportsman Field Reporter Profile Photo
Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:19pm
does aren't bad

Yeah it sounds like poor management.

BIRD HUNTER Profile Photo
Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:42am
Numbers

With the number of deer you are seeing on a regular basis I would have to say that you have bucks breeding. Just like when food sources are plentiful it makes it harder to pattern deer. Same when you have an abundance of does the bucks do not have to travel as far to find a doe in heat. (less traveling)



my 2 cents

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hunt r Profile Photo
Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:28pm
numbers

30 deer per square mile is 1 deer for 20 acres, very hard hunting. I have over 30 bucks per square mile. If u only have 2 does per buck, there is no secondary rut, so deer get hard to see after the first rut. Mature bucks dont search for does, the doe will leave her area and go to him when she's ready.

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FAREGAME Profile Photo
Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:05am
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

This is what i was trying to say in a way. Most of the club members concentrate on killing bucks only and are allowed to kill 3 per year per member. Most dont kill any does and if you do you can only kill 2 per member per year up to 75 club wide. What has happened over the years is a lot more bucks have been killed than does resulting in a ratio of 6-8 doe to 1 buck. This causes does to be bred late or maybe some not at all (I saw a fawn with spots at the end of December)and the few bucks that we have only have to stand up to breed a doe they dont need to go anywhere. Somthing else to think about, every buck gets to breed spikes cow horn spikes everything it can't be good for herd genetics. I know some people say i should feel lucky because at least i see deer and thats right i guess but i can see what kind of club we could have and i can see what we have now and where its headed. I don't think bringing back doe days is going to help our club at all either.

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bowhtr1 Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 6:53am
Faregame

You are right. Sound like the future is bleak. The only course you have is to get a bioligist who can get your club more doe tags if your area needs them. They will do that if it is needed. We did it years ago when we had doe days. The only problem you may have is getting the rest of the club to buy into it. Good luck.

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Bullfrog01 Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:09pm
same problem

we inhereted a ranch that hadn't been hunted in 10 years. First couple of years all we saw was does. Deer had plenty of cover and plenty of food. We called in the state biologist (this is in Texas) and he said to start shooting does. We did. Three years later we finally started seeing and shooting some nice bucks. They were ther the whole time, just didn't need to move around. The does were getting bred when they were ready by going to the bucks. If you're seeing that many does, you're heard is way out of balance. Shoot those does, they taste just as good as bucks. ;)

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