Congratulations on having the lease!
Wow – I can’t imagine anyone (legal or otherwise) taking 50 deer from 400 acres.
If there is more quality food than deer (prefered forage isn’t browsed) then there’s no need to harvest does. If the body weights of deer harvested are above average there’s no need to harvest does.
If prefered plants show a lot of browse and the average body weights are low I recommend you harvest enough does to balance the number of deer with the habitat’s potential to provide quality forage. The quality of the habitat will tell you much about the local deer population.
The only way to improve the average age structure of bucks is to pass up younger bucks!
You might watch our show on this website as there’s more information here than we can share on YouTube.
November 3, 2015