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EHD/Tag use-what will you do?
Posted: 20 September 2012 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]
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With EHD being so bad this year it got me to thinking about how hunters will use their tags this year. I have not heard of very many dead deer in my area, not saying there are not any but haven’t heard of many. It seems the areas that have a lot of creeks and river areas are being hit the hardest. Or this is just the impression I get by reading the posts and the area some have stated where you live. My question is, if you live in an area that has been hit really hard by EHD and it is getting late in the season or even during shotgun or any season and time of year, will you shoot a smaller buck to put into your freezer for meat and let the doe’s go? In areas that has been hard hit by this, letting a mature doe live as you all know can give birth to twins or even triplets, so with a little luck that doe can give an area 6-9 deer in 3 years. That little basket rack that most let go by hoping to get bigger in a couple of years will not increase the herd at all over that same time period. So what will you do? As for myself, I have been seeing quite a few deer. But is that due to more crops being out, maybe, but I have not heard of the farmers seeing a lot of dead deer. So I may have to take a wait and see attitude before I shoot, unless he is that certain big boy!

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Posted: 20 September 2012 09:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting question. Have found one dead deer but overall herd health in Mason/Cass counties is still managing ok from what I hear when compared to other counties. Not to highjack the thread but just to add to it… A few yrs ago I had a yearling doe coming towards my stand late in the season. She kept falling and walking sideways like a drunken sailor. Something obviously was wrong with the yearling. I still had not filled my freezer, but I just couldn’t bring myself to imagine this deer in it. Just would creep me out when I would eat it in my mind. BUT on the other hand I hated hated hated to see this deer suffering. I know it might just be Mother Nature, but it was so hard to watch. With my only opportunity with my only tag, I arrowed her. I called DNR and they gave me a name of a biologist to see if anyone wanted to determine what was going on with the deer. He said they weren’t really interested in it, but confirmed on a personal level that he felt I did the right thing. I made it easy for the coyotes. I drug her to the edge of the field, field dressed her and yes- I tagged her. Still think about that sceanrio and if it was a waste or not. I hope I don’t have to face it this season with an EHD effected deer. I understand biologists are saying the meat is fine for human consumption, but boy I don’t know if I could do it. Good points to ponder Berlin.

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Posted: 20 September 2012 09:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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We haven’t seen a noticeable impact of EHD in our area either (NE Macon County), but that’s not to say there aren’t EHD infected deer there. We just may not be seeing (or smelling) them. Still seeing plenty of deer.  I doubt I change my tactics this year.  No does or small bucks - that is, unless it’s after 2nd shotgun season and there still isn’t any meat in the freezer - then I may break my rules for one deer just to put meat in the freezer.

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Posted: 20 September 2012 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have a creek that runs the length of my property and a small pathetic pond but haven’t seen/smelled any dead deer.  That said, I have picked up fewer deer on trail cam video this year.  Still good bucks and healthy looking deer, just fewer of them…especially fawns.  My issue may be coyotes killing too many fawns.  I will do as usual with my tags.  Hopefully kill two stupid-big bucks and one doe, but it all depends on how my kids do as well.  I take according to what I know I have (not what I think I have) and what has been taken by my kids.  Good luck to all this season…I can’t wait!

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Posted: 20 September 2012 08:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Im planning on killin 5-6 does and wont drop the string on a buck unless its 160 or bigger….I enjoy eatin them more than the horns anymore:)

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Posted: 21 September 2012 08:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Gonna do the same i do every year, hold out for a nice buck all bow season and shotgun season up until the last weekend of shotgun season, and then a tasty old doe will get the smack down too.

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