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Our buck to doe ratio is badly unbalanced


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

In response to Larry Walter I would say: The statistics show that 80 percent of yearling bucks are shot in Michigan every year.

This results in the fact that our buck to doe ratio is badly unbalanced. When bucks have 10 or 12 does to mate every year, they are extremely worn out after the breeding season and sometimes do not survive the following winter. They also do not sire the greatest offspring.

Michigan is surrounded on all sides by states and provinces which rank far higher in producing mature bucks. In national statistics, Michigan ranks near the bottom in growing decent size bucks. Our hunters spend thousands of dollars to travel to other states seeking a nice buck. It is estimated that Michigan deer hunters have a one in 8,000 chances to shoot a Boone and Crockett buck. There is a mentality among Michigan deer hunters, that to show how "macho" they are they must shoot bucks only. They brag about this to their family and friends, who do not know that a wise old doe is harder to get than a stupid spike.

Besides, a doe is much better eating than a buck.

Sincerely

Milos Cihelka


October 31, 2011

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