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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Harvesting Antlerless Deer
Means Future Bigger Bucks
by Cory Boothe


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It’s antlerless season in Calhoun County. Now is an excellent time to fill the freezer with tasty venison. It is good for the herd to harvest does. It is good for the body to eat venison, as it is lower in fat and calories than beef.

Many people would like to believe that harvesting a doe takes away future bucks. This is not the case. Everyone would agree that Wisconsin is a trophy state with great bucks. Wisconsin requires that hunters harvest a doe before they are allowed to harvest a buck. Ohio had the same regulation not that long ago. Both states are leaders in trophy buck production.

The problem is harvesting less does than bucks year after year. This leads to small bucks and an abundance of does. Another way to describe this is an unbalanced herd. With an unbalanced herd, the rut is weaker, as bucks do not have to chase for does. Antler production is less since there are too many deer taking up nutrients that would lead to antler development.

I urge hunters to take to the woods of Calhoun County in search of antlerless deer. Doe hunting is also an exceptional way to introduce youngsters to hunting. Future woodsmen have a much better chance of harvesting a doe. Take a child hunting.

Trivia question time. In the last 10 years, how many seasons has Calhoun harvested more does than bucks with a firearm? Read next week for the answer.

If you harvested a large buck or had an extraordinary hunt, please email me at Good luck and be safe.

Editor’s Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)

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