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Any one else think the NB deer regs need a tweeking?

last year my final one under 18 hunting deer i didn't get an either sex tag unlike my first year(little spike buck that year) and i saw deer everyday i was hunting, sometimes 15+. Anyway what i'm saying is i think we need to shoot more does atleast in southern NB.because for every 20 deer i see if ones a buck i'll eat my hat. but maybe i'm just in a bad area for bucks. they are around i see fawns every year, maybe they're just smarter than me.
just bitching i've already seen 4 does 2 with twins today.

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Any one else think the NB deer regs need a tweeking?

Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they're not there. If you're seeing a lot of buck sign: scrapes/rubs etc then they're there. If there's not a lot of sign then there's probably not many bucks.
I'm from Sask and despite it's reputation once Nov hits all those nice big bucks that were running around Sept/Oct seem to up and disappear. They're still there, instead of trotting out into the alfalfa at dusk they hold up in staging areas inside the treeline checking the does as they enter the fields, and only entering themselves in complete darkness once all the does are there.

I'm not sure if thinning the does would help create more bucks though. If there is actually a lower than normal number of bucks in your area the problem is more likely related to a combination of available food, cover and pressure. Under ideal cirmcumstances where survival to maturity is more likely (low pressure, lots of food, mild winters etc etc) a doe will usually drop two fawns, a doe and a buck. If conditions are less than ideal (less food etc) the doe will only drop one fawn (50/50 chance buck or doe) so that the herd doesn't outstrip available resources.

And frankly if there is an abnormally disproportinate difference between the number of buck and does the problem is most likely hunting pressure - as man is the only predator who preys primarily on bucks rather than does.

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Any one else think the NB deer regs need a tweeking?

i'm out in my home area a lot hunting, fishing, just wanderring and scouting. i've rarely seen buck sign. we are placing too much presure on the bucks we do have is the opinion of a lot of the guys i hunt with now i'm not saying there aren't big bucks my friend got nocked of his mountain bike by a 10 pointer in hampton but the hold up close to homes during hunting season.
thats why i feel a few more doe tags should be alotted especialy since we're only allowed one deer and we have to be drawn for a permit for that deer to be either sex.

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