Also I’ve never missed an episode of growing deer TV and your show is such a huge help to me, thanks
Congratulations on purchasing the 66 acre farm in Tennessee! I’m glad you are seeing mature bucks and plenty of does!
I harvest does if there are more deer than quality forage in the area and/or I wish for some venison. If I’m going to harvest does, I usually start as soon as the season is open. Removing does doesn’t mean the local bucks will leave their home range to find more does elsewhere.
There have been 1,000’s of bucks fitted with GPS collars and it’s very rare for them to leave their home range. They simply don’t know where the sources of danger, food, cover, and water our outside their home range. Deer often shift to using different portions of their home ranges to find the best food, cover, or water within their range. However, they rarely leave their home range.
If you current an opportunity to tag a doe, I would take advantage and get some fresh venison for your family!