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What's the Best Doe-to-Buck Ratio?

QDMA's Director of Outreach and Education Kip Adams discusses the best doe-to-buck ratio for deer herd health.

Many hunters think that a more deer the better policy will help them shoot more bucks. In reality, this type of thinking often leads to an unbalanced doe:buck ratio that is detrimental to the deer herd and the hunting in your area.

In this video, Kip Adams of the Quality Deer Management Association explains why keeping a herd's sex ratio well balanced is important to both herd health and hunting opportunities. Watch to see if you are managing the deer herd on your hunting property correctly.

As you can see from the video, the old "bucks only" rule implemented by many property managers may be doing more harm than good.

There are certainly exceptions to this rule such as a situation where neighboring properties are taking a large number of does or a nearby highway results in an unusually high number of road kills.

However, in most cases, harvesting the same number of bucks and does from a property is your best bet for keeping the doe:buck ratio in check. This strategy, along with the targeting of older age class bucks, will help your property produce the biggest and best bucks possible.

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What's the Best Doe-to-Buck Ratio?