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Is it Okay to Harvest Young Deer?

Back To "Ask The Biologist?"QUESTION: Hi Bob. I was thinking of going for a fawn for several reasons.

First, I do not need a large amount of meat. It's just me that will be eating it.

Secondly, there seems to be only one doe and a couple of small bucks in the area where I hunt.  I want this area to build up in the years to come.

Lastly, since I will be hunting alone, it would be much easier to handle a small deer all by myself.

What do you think? - John

Is it Okay to Harvest Young Deer?ANSWER: The last time I shot a doe fawn with my bow, I had to endure a fair amount of good-natured ribbing from friends and family, until we sat down to dinner.

Every piece of meat from that deer was tender enough to cut with a fork, and it was delicious.

In one of the zones where I hunt, the deer population is quite high and I'm allowed multiple tags. If given an opportunity, I would not hesitate to shoot another fawn.

You offer some fairly convincing rationale for why it might be a good idea.

If you don't need a large amount of meat, why shoot a large deer? If you want the herd to build up, taking a small doe will have less impact.

I'm sure there are larger does out there - that's where the small ones come from.  You're just not seeing them.

Ultimately, the choice is yours and yours alone.  If it feels right and meets your personal objectives, then by all means shoot the younger deer.

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