Re: Two deer?
Well, I try my best to never shoot a buck unless he is mature or obviously has bad genes(one good side one jacked up side of equal dimensions in general. so the obvious choice would be the doe. Our doe to buck ratio is in the neighborhood of 17 to 1 so game and fish tells us to pick a doe any doe. My camp requires that we shoot a doe before we can shoot a buck and then it has to be at least wider than his ears and at least eight points. this is due to a long tradition of the older members not believing in shooting does at all, and shooting the first legal buck they see. had the rule for three years and it is working, I killed my first ever genuine trophy last year. He grossed 161 and netted 147. not one for the record books but with 24 inch main beams and 22 inches wide with 13 scorable points it is a trophy by any standard. Sounds almost too simple but I read one time that you will never ever kill a trophy if you shoot the small ones. I have lived my it since and I now see trophy sized deer on a somewhat regular basis off my stand that others don't get a chance to see. and it is fun to watch a small buck grow from a button to a dominant monster over the years. If you got a lot of does, and less bucks, shoot the does for freezer meat and let the bucks grow and breed.