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    Ok guys give me your opinion. I am hunting 2 tracks, 5 and 20 acres. There are lots of does, too many. Opening day is Saturday. If I shoot a doe I risk blowing the stand for a week at least. I like to keep them around and unsuspecting until the end of the rut in mid November in hopes I can lure in a buck. But if I wait things might go south and I might not get a shot.
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    Fill the freezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrow Splitter View Post
    Fill the freezer.

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    Our season starts this weekend, I have two places to hunt as well. My plan is to try and take a doe early and return to the same place when the rut kicks in around mid November. The other place I know is holding large bucks so I will hunt just bucks only. That's the plan, but you know what they say about best laid plans.

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    Take a doe early, the area will have time to settle down way before the rut kicks in.
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    Shoot an old mature doe. I have shot bucks within 2 days of shooting does out of the same stand. Just don't leave a big gut pile laying right in the middle of everything. That attracts coyotes, and that'll ruin the deer hunting for a week or so. If I plan on hunting the same stand for bucks, I always drag the deer, or at least the gut pile a couple hundred yards away. Alot of times, I'll sneak in the next morning and hunt over the gut pile for coyotes. lol
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    When I was younger I would shoot the first thing that came into bow range, now the the only thing I want to drag out of the woods is a buck so it's a personal thing if you are just starting out the best thing to do is a doe and learn about the shot and after the shot is take a doe live and learn so to speak. If you out to fill the freezer go for it
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    I have killed plenty of deer. I am just real paranoid about contaminating the area; remember I take a pee jug w/ me. The two I shot last year I hauled home and gutted em there then hauled the guts off. I think the deer sensed that there was death in the air. I don't know. It is supposed to rain so if it does I, will try to arrow one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkslayer4x5 View Post
    Take a doe early, the area will have time to settle down way before the rut kicks in.
    More the better. If there is an abundance of does - the bucks will have their pick of the litter, you may never see any of them if there are too many does running around. When you have fewer does in a concentrated area - the bucks have to come to them if they want the tail, make sense? It's all about keeping the ratio as close as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droppixel View Post
    More the better. If there is an abundance of does - the bucks will have their pick of the litter, you may never see any of them if there are too many does running around. When you have fewer does in a concentrated area - the bucks have to come to them if they want the tail, make sense? It's all about keeping the ratio as close as possible.
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    They dont give enough tags for me to get them under control. I have not seen and do not have any buck pics. The neighbors shoot the first deer w/ horns they see and let the does walk. Silly peeps dont know how hard it is to cook them horns.
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