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Question about Doe Tags

I was wondering if any other hunters could weigh in on my idea. I have been hunting every year for the past 15 years and stare at the doe tags on my Virginia license waiting for the doe days to arrive.

Here in Virginia, particularly west of the Blue Ridge the state designates certain days as doe days, in which you can legally kill a doe. I have always questioned why if you purchase a license and for whatever reason are only able to hunt certain days during the season, and none of them happen to be designated days, you cannot harvest does.

It would seem to me that if the state was interested in getting control of the population they would allow you to shoot a doe whenever it walks past your stand, so long as you have a doe tag remaining. Nothing frustrates you more than when you have limited time in the woods to begin with, then a nice doe comes cruising by and you have to let it pass. I just don't understand it and wonder if it is something that could be changed through the Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries.

I'm not sure how any other southern states work and would love to know.

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Question about Doe Tags

Here in South Carolina we also have doe tags you can purchase in addition to your license. There are either sex days which you can harvest a buck or doe with your regular license. You use your doe tags when you harvest a doe on a non either sex day. You can purchase up to 4 doe tags to use during the season.

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Location: Columbus, GA
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Question about Doe Tags

Here in Georgia, we are allowed 12 deer, 2 of which must be bucks and 1 of those bucks must have 4 points or more. Does are legal every day from Sept. 8 to Jan. 15.
I don't even shoot bucks anymore unless it happens to be a big 8 pointer or bigger. I have enough wall hangers so now I just hunt does.

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Question about Doe Tags
tghicolga wrote:
Here in Georgia, we are allowed 12 deer, 2 of which must be bucks and 1 of those bucks must have 4 points or more. Does are legal every day from Sept. 8 to Jan. 15.
I don't even shoot bucks anymore unless it happens to be a big 8 pointer or bigger. I have enough wall hangers so now I just hunt does.

How about Non-residents? What's the limit for them?

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Resident and non-resident are the same. Check out Alabama, I think they are allowed 1 per day for a 3-4 month season.

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That's where it gets pretty frustrating here in VA. I'm all about the meat. I just want to enjoy venison all year and don't care if it is a buck or doe. It just makes me crazy that there are regulations in place limiting you only to certain days the game department has decided does can be taken in your county.

In fact, more eastern counties in VA allow does to be taken all season long. However, out west is where the restrictions begin. It just seems crazy to pay for doe tags included in your license and not be able to shoot one if it is not a designated "doe day."

Where I hunt the doe days are Thanksgiving and the last two days of hunting season. When I say hunting season I mean firearms. You can shoot does anytime with a bow or muzzleloader.

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Sounds like its time to buy a compound, xbow, and smokepole Big smile

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