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    I've shot either one depending on which one gave me the first good chance. No qualms about it. The MNRF issues me an antlerless tag, I don't fool myself into thinking I'm managing the deer population in any of the areas I hunt.

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    Hard call, you can look at it a couple of different ways. I would take the doe.

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    For me there would be no question about it, assuming the shot is there I would be taking the larger animal. Bottom line for me is the amount of meat I put in the freezer, I couldn't care which sex or age it was.

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    Take the fawn, let the doe get older and thereby there is a good possibility of it having twins the following yera as it gets older.

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    SORRY
    I should have mentioned that one of the area we hunt, you can get additional tags for antlered or antlerless, so we each have 2 tags....

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    I’d ideally in a perfect world take the fawn. But whichever Gives me the money shot, I’ll take.

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    after raising my goats that are alot like deer, I've become soft and passed on this situation last year. 5 years ago was a completely different story, I'd have taken the fawn. i dont mind waiting for a doe without a fawn or eating tag soup at the end of the year now a days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    People who refuse to shot an anterless deer have created a huge problem down south with unbalanced populations (20:1 ratios) and a lot of States/County's now have a "Earn a Buck' program that requires you fill a Doe tag before to get a Buck tag.
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    Here in Southern Ontario I would take a fawn over a population machine doe all day long.
    Fill your freezer and save the herd...…..no brainer JMO
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    Interesting tread-while having some questions to myself about the EAB program,i spent some time reading some articles about it ,why ,where and how.
    Interestingly,never could i locate reason for EAB-to balance doe to buck ratio.
    Everywhere they claim it is needed to control-Deer population.(South Carolina,Virginia and Wisconsin i read articles from)Wisconsin also tried to reduce deer herd due to CWD .

    Based on those articles(we can safely say they know what they were talking about)-i think we can learn the opposite: IF the deer numbers are low,DO NOT shoot does.
    Now,every area is different,and every each of us is different.
    So-answer to the OP:
    -if the deer numbers are high,why not.Fawn would be my choice.
    -if the deer numbers are low,each hunter needs to make his/her own decision.Just simply MNRF giving out(actually selling for good $$$) doe tags does not mean the deer numbers justify taking them.............yet to each its own.

    Here comes to my memory a forum member who posted about 5-7 years ago ,in the golden era of additional deer tag galore,that he harvested 6-8 bucks in one season.With all the story and pictures for proof.
    Then the deer number crash happened .
    I could not help but to marvel about his success in the following years........just saying.Not my business though......
    Last edited by gbk; October 14th, 2019 at 10:07 PM.

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