Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MCgunner, May 24, 2019.
Some years back we had a couple years of drought which really hurt the population. We had a long Winter this year but it's a wet Spring.
Not sure what's going on but seeing in the Spring don't mean seeing in the Fall...
Well, yeah but I just got done chasing a doe out of the green bean patch.
I guess all that wild food ain't as tasty as my green bean plants..?
Up until about 20 years ago, one of my grandmothers was always saying stuff like "don't hurt the deer" or "how can you stand to do that". Then she saw how the deer were destroying their ornamentals... then she was like "KILL 'EM ALL!" She knew I had tags for ten does and two bucks... didn't understand why I wasn't in a hurry to fill twelve tags.
This last deer season, after Georgia green-lighted hunting over bait on private property, there was a huge volume of legally harvested deer. If I understand right, the taxidermists are still working to get caught up.
Couldn't tell how many fawns to expect this year. I'm not hardly seeing the deer around here right now. Kinda odd.
Not only that, but out of so many people who hunt public land, there's enough idiots to make you wonder which you'll run into next.
We don't have much ornamental stuff but the veggies are taking a hit this year. Beans, peppers and eggplant plants have been "trimmed". They are even topping the new growth on the raspberry patch. And I am surrounded by acres of natural habitat... go figure.
The comercial deer away products haven't worked, neither has the urinating around the perimeter.
On a serious note, we have noticed the impact on our land in the amount of browse that's being eaten. And we don't see any baby samplings any more. They're even eating and killing the young cedars.
Definitely gonna do my best to fill all the tags this year. I'll freeze what we need and donate the rest.
Was talking to a gal at work, even offered to come down a pop a doe or 2, she told me they only allow family and only shoot bucks....all the while talking about how much of their beans had been wiped out.
Guess I should clarify, I am in Nebraska....the deer run a touch bigger and as far as I know, individuals can only take a max of 4 deer...IF they are in the correct unit, otherwise, only max of 2
Did your Grandmother give you a M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle and several ammo boxes full of 30-06 for Christmas?
Just saying... it would make for a better story!
Yep! Me too. Skunked the last three or four years. They don't mind destroying my garden and waking up my dogs for early and late hour barking sessions all summer, but right when opener comes, they're someplace else.
We need a "boom" in population up here. I told my Dad the other day we might even need to have a hog problem here if the Whitetail are this few and far between. The wolf dens on our farms don't help. But they're protected I believe so God help you if you put one down.
Funny you should mention the BAR... my Grandaddy, her husband, was a BARman in the Pacific Theater, but he preferred the M1 Garand. Grandmama was generally rather negative toward guns and didn't see a point in being armed ahead of whatever. But, you know, when you see the deer step out of cover you can't tell 'em "wait right there while I go get my gun."
I have two strands of electric fencing around my garden. It does seem to keep 'em out.
I'll hunt bow season with my Xbow, but I doubt I'll hunt the gun season. I haven't made much of a dent in the six deer I shot last year on MLD permits and I have an elk hunt planned for this winter.
fauning time". There's a whole bunch of Doe running around with twins and triplets. We've had a really wet fall and a wet and mild winter, plus a wet Spring, so there's a lot of food. So a lot of babies are surviving. PLUS we have huge areas where there is no hunting so they are protected. The Snowflakes then complain as the deer devastate all that fancy landscaping in those fancy neighborhoods (apparently Hostas and Topiary Hedges taste better than the plain old woods)
Driving down one road last night, I counted a half-dozen fawn so small they couldn't be a week old.
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