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Location: Butte, MT
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Field judging does.

Last weekend I was out trying to fill an antlerless tag. I was easing my way up a slough bordering an alfalfa field when what I thought was a doe appeared. It stood there broadside long enough for me to catch a knee and get ready to shoot. I absolutely was sure that I was shooting a full grown whitetail doe. I squeezed off a shot, the deer ran a little and collapsed. I walked up to it and found that it was a little yearling buck. I was very disappointed. I had even taken my time before shooting and thought about it for a minute, "is that an adult... yes, it is". It occurred to me that this was probably the 3rd time this exact thing has happened to me. Two common denominators have been that the deer was by itself and standing in tall grass. It' easy to tell when you have several deer your looking at... you can judge your doe by comparing it to the size of the others.

Ultimately, I just decided to be grateful and thank God for providing as it is my family's custom when hunting. It's frustrating, though, because venison is basically what we eat year round and I probably could have gotten twice the meat for that tag.

Do you guys have any general things you look for when trying to field judge a doe? Coloring? Length of leg compared to body? Anything you might share? Brick Wall,)

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Field judging does.

I generally look for the long nose of a mature doe. Button bucks usually have blunter snouts. Shot a mature doe this morning and another hunter shot a spike buck. My does' snout is several inches longer than the spikes.

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Location: Kansas
Joined: 03/04/2006
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Field judging does.

Does it really matter - they both taste good? I shot a button last year thinking it was doe. Never knew it was a buck until it came time to field dress it.

Slightly off topic, a friend was telling me about an article he read in which it stated that the January "anterless" only season is counter productive because of the number of anterless bucks shot instead of does.

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Joined: 01/13/2004
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Field judging does.
Old Professor wrote:
I generally look for the long nose of a mature doe. Button bucks usually have blunter snouts. Shot a mature doe this morning and another hunter shot a spike buck. My does' snout is several inches longer than the spikes.

Yup. Also, the fact that the animal was alone was another indicator. The yearling males are run off by the does. If you see a stubby looking antlerless deer by itself its probably a button.

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Location: new brunswick
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Field judging does.

A friend of mine shot a 7pt doe this year i'm waiting to get a photo of that one l Laugh Laugh

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