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Do you think young deer with funky racks need to be taken to preserve the gene pool?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by dennishoddy, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    If your managing your deer herd, do you think taking yearling or 18 month old bucks with non typical racks will preserve the gene pool of typical bucks, or will the young ones grow out of it and turn into "typical" racks?
     
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    Define "funky rack". I'm all about a trash on a rack.............but it kills a score if that's the goal unless it's freakish and large enough to be a nontypical. I'm sure you've seen just as many 3.5 and 4.5yo 9pts where we hunt as I have, a lot of them. Does that other point appear at 5.5 and 6.5yo? Or will it be there from the beginning?
     
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    Let them go so they can grow and make the decision later when the rack defines itself.
     
  4. dennishoddy

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    Its late, but I have some racks in the "hall of antlers" that will make one scratch their head. I'll get a pic in the AM
     
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    We call ours the "wall of shame", lol. Couple of armadillo skulls on there too.
     
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    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    image-345232294.jpg

    These racks were taken in a "city" hunt to take deer from a park.



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    This is a chupacraba taken after partaking an excess amount of adult beverages.
    Young children will not come into the shop after seeing this, and hearing the story of a near death account.
     
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    Chupacabra huh...............I was thinking a goat.
     
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    Well, on our lease we harvested as many bucks in the 1.5-2.5 year range with a very specific defect.
    It took us 5 years to eliminate all the off spring with this defect. Turns out it was the maternal doe spreading the bad gene as opposed to the bucks.

    We are now consistently harvesting quality deer and have resumed only harvesting 3.5 or older bucks.
     
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    If they aren't mature, I let em go.
     
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    Seeing how you cant manage genetics on free range deer (especially buy killing bucks) and its impossible to tell the potential of a buck before he is mature....
    I say NO! There is no reason to kill a young bucks for management purposes.
     

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