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ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 27,573 Senior Member
This is my second year having pretty much full control of my friend’s deer management. By that, I mean he trusts me and while we communicate, he tells me to do what I want. 
this is strictly for my friend’s high fenced “House Pasture”. 120 acres fenced around his house where he plays and has pets. 
Last year, we did a deer survey and I counted 84 Whitetail, and I think 24 Axis. 
During the fall, we took 29 Whitetail and I found 3 dead of natural causes. 

I did a survey last weekend and one this weekend. Anyone want to take a guess how many Whitetail we have in the House Pasture?
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    162?
    Ha!  Thankfully, no. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    84, close enough. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    31 bucks
    47 does
    6 fawns

    That's just what I counted!  I know there are more. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,532 Senior Member
    It is going to be a busy hunting season B)
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    It is going to be a busy hunting season B)
    😳

    The problem is, since feeding the cotton seed, there are VERY few cull bucks and choosing does to shoot is always difficult!
    The biology will likely recommend 30ish deer again this year.
    We are gonna need to sell some trophy hunts or shoot some nice bucks ourselves this year. We can’t keep taking from the bottom or there will be a huge age gap!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,532 Senior Member
    edited August 2021 #8
    Selling hunts is always a possibility, as long as you control what buck(s) you want shot.
    Killing a nice buck for yourself is always nice.  Even more special since you had a big hand in making it happen.

    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    Selling hunts is always a possibility, as long as you control what buck(s) you want shot.
    Killing a nice buck for yourself is always nice.  Even more special since you had a big hand in making it happen.

    I’m gonna push him hard to sell a few hunts this year. Of course, I will be with the hunter and there will definitely be a few protected bucks. 
    I won’t shoot a nice buck. Rather pass that off to my boy or friends. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,291 Senior Member
    Can we ask what the going rate is?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,405 Senior Member
    Sounds like you might even be falling behind a little on the required culls, though I imagine that varies a lot with weather and available forage conditions.

    At any rate, I do not see a switch to "Impossible Meat" in your future. :)  
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    edited August 2021 #12
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Can we ask what the going rate is?
    I’ll ask him. It’s been several years. 

    I think he breaks it down as such. 
    Spike/Doe
    Management Buck
    110 to 120 B&C
    120-130 B&C
    130-140 B&C
    140-150 B&C
    150+ By-Tbe-Inch
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Zee said:
    84, close enough. 😁
    I stand by 85, I bet you missed one
    :D:D;) 
    I bet more than one. There’s no way I saw all the fawns and I bet there’s 5-10 adults I missed. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Sounds like you might even be falling behind a little on the required culls, though I imagine that varies a lot with weather and available forage conditions.

    At any rate, I do not see a switch to "Impossible Meat" in your future. :)  
    Yeah, we obviously didn’t get them all counted last year and didn’t take enough deer. 
    The sad part is, he used to have 20+ Axis as well. We only took 4 last fall. 
    That snow storm we had last February wiped them out. I can only find 7.Axis on the place. 3 bucks and 4 does. Unless they are REALLY hiding, I don’t think we’ll be shooting axis this fall. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,405 Senior Member
    Safe to say you're at more than one deer for 1.4 acres -  seems like they're getting pretty thick.  At what point does this become a pest control problem?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,291 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Can we ask what the going rate is?
    I’ll ask him. It’s been several years. 

    I think he breaks it down as such. 
    Spike/Doe
    Management Buck
    110 to 120 B&C
    120-130 B&C
    130-140 B&C
    140-150 B&C
    150+ By-Tbe-Inch
    Ask how many pigs, coyotes, bobcats, and varmints are included with the cost :)  
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Safe to say you're at more than one deer for 1.4 acres -  seems like they're getting pretty thick.  At what point does this become a pest control problem?
    During last years drought, it was rough, they were skinny. We had to feed a lot. This year, they are in good health but still feeding a lot to supplement. 
    We need to shoot some deer. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Zee said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Can we ask what the going rate is?
    I’ll ask him. It’s been several years. 

    I think he breaks it down as such. 
    Spike/Doe
    Management Buck
    110 to 120 B&C
    120-130 B&C
    130-140 B&C
    140-150 B&C
    150+ By-Tbe-Inch
    Ask how many pigs, coyotes, bobcats, and varmints are included with the cost :)  
    Varmints/Predators are free!!  Pigs too. They just depend on crops in the ground and farmers having a problem. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,573 Senior Member
    Price list PM’d on request as not to advertise on the open forum. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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