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Dear Woods-N-Water News

I am in total agreement with the "earn a buck system" I read about in John Ozoga's article in the Oct. issue. If deer managers seriously want to control deer numbers, you need to make sure the antlerless harvest is dispersed evenly across the area you are targeting. The only way to assure this gets done is with earn a buck.

Forcing hunters who normally would not harvest a doe to do so guarantees at least some antlerless deer would be taken. Especially in traditional club areas of Northeast Michigan where for years it was a sin to shoot does.

From my personal experience in Alpena, I shoot between two and five does a year. This depends on how many deer I am seeing and how hard my food plots are being hit. Not exact science, but it works for my camp. My neighbors rarely take does and it seems my efforts are helping the cause, just not nearly enough.

I can see firsthand how off kilter the buck to doe ratio varies between my camp and the surrounding mile. I drive back roads often and take notes so I have something to compare year to year.

I am no expert, but care very much to make our state herd more like Buffalo County in WI, where I have bowhunted for several years. They have an earn a buck system, not every year, but most years. I can tell you their deer herd is in great shape and hunting is fantastic. The system does so much for the herd. A few more bucks get another year to grow, adding age structure and lowering overall population and eveningout the buck to doe ratio.

Some may argue they don't have the time or the funds to make a special trip to shoot does, well a 'party permit system' could be used; one person could shoot the deer required. Heck it could even create temporary work for someone willing to take care of the doe requirements for someone else. I could go on and on but there's not enough space in this publication.

Thanks

Jeff Kirchner


November 30, 2011

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