The best way to determine if there are so many does that the herd's health is reduced is to determine if there is plenty of quality forage year round. I especially like to consider the amount of quality forage available during the late summer and late winter or the two most common stress periods.
Whole body weights are another excellent indicator of overall herd and habitat health. If the average body weight of two year old and older does is below normal for that area you know there are more deer than quality habitat on the farm.
February 15, 2016