Is it OK to take mature does with fawns during the early season?

By Grant Woods,

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Hey Grant!
I was just wondering your opinion on taking a mature doe out of the herd in early season when she still has a fawn or possible two following her. I have heard different answers on the question. I live in New York and our bow season is oct. 1st. Thank You for your time and your awesome show. God bless you and your family!



Most states set antlerless season dates to insure most fawns are mature enough to survive if the doe is removed.  There can be a few late born fawns in most areas.  If the doe has a young fawn I give her a pass.  Otherwise I start harvesting does on opening day if there’s a need to reduce the deer population in that area.  

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