I’m pretty much a “whatever comes along” hunter, although I do have some standards. If a fawn still has spots, or is quite small and looks like a very late drop I won’t shoot it or mama. A nice, plump, full-grown doe fills the bill nicely. If I had more time to spend out there I might change things, but for now, that’s the way it is.
It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
Age: 64 Joined: 1/5/2008 Location: Republic of Texas
A doe with a young deer gets to walk the first 3/4 of the season. When she walks by in late December, she’s going in the freezer. First part of the season, I’m wanting a heavy deer (less work, more meat)
for me it depends on the day during the season and the individual hunt. I wont shoot a buck if i wouldnt hang him on the wall. Id much rather shoot mature does. That said i always save 1 tag to use on a nice fat doe fawn late in the season. Thats what i make all our roasts from. Talk about tender and delicious. After all that Im definately a meat hunter
A little bit of all three. Fawns and their mother gets a pass, as well as young bucks. Does of any age without little ones are fair game, when I’m in need of meat. Mature bucks (most wouldn’t consider any buck in my area a “trophy”) are always a target.