Bobjr86 wrote: »
Ok so i hunted florida for my first time yesterday and have to say i was really disappointed.
Cyclist wrote: »
Shoot the little ones and the sick looking ones and leave the big boys alone if you really want to improve the herd.
rrbgtt wrote: »
I don't really know if I believe the "helps the herd" theory, unless bigger horns means better herd to you.I think that is just a "feel good" idea designed to sound better than let 'em walk so you can have bigger horns on the wall.
For the record, I'm all about letting them walk. I just do it because, it's easier to kill big ones for the wall if you let the smaller one's walk.
gladesman wrote: »
it is the current management trend de jour that that supports the new QDM industry philosophy which is turning whitetail deer into a commodity (e.g. 250,000 dollar breeder bucks and minimal concerns about CWD transfer to Fl.)
You're venturing off topic, but I hope you don't seriously have the misconception that QDM is synonomous with $250K breeder bucks.
When QDM was first being practiced almost 40 years ago, deer farms were not even on the radar screen, let alone high dollar breeder bucks.
QDM is not even remotely like the deer farming industry. The association that promotes QDM (the QDMA) has been one of the (if not THE) strongest and most active voices against the deer farming industry, for the same disease concern you incorrectly attribute to the management philosophy they promote, as well as other equally important reasons.
Back to the original question
pbsnooker wrote: »
Hunter x is sitting in his stand, he is going to kill a deer today. His quota allows 1 deer. What's the difference to the deer heard if he kills a 1 1/2 deer 4pt verses a 2 1/2 yr old 6 pt. If he kills the 4 pt the 2 1/2 year old gets to see 3 1/2. If he kills the 2 1/2 yr old the young buck just replaces him the fallowing year. I almost see more benefit for you trophy hunters and the heard by hunter x killing the younger deer.
james 14 wrote: »
Letting all 1.5 yr olds walk means there are more TOTAL bucks on the area. It makes no difference if that ONE hunter shoots ONE buck but it makes a huge difference if every hunter shoots the first stupid little 1.5 yr old that runs by their stand and most of them die. More TOTAL bucks on the area increases competition for does which tightens up the breeding window and ensures higher fawn survival rates. Letting 1.5 yr olds walk is NOT trophy management.
gladesman wrote: »
Former FWC State Biologist Frank Montalbano said it like it is - We can choose to manage deer in Fl either for antlers or numbers of deer (almost a quote). Fla is now doing the former - How can it be anything else when unavoidable definition of the "quality deer" is based on number of antler points. Sooooo Squirrely!