Most folks my age grew up in an era when does were largely protected from hunting pressure. The modern approach to “managing” deer, however, tells us shooting does is a GOOD thing – although you might read that in an article, and further down in the same article find a suggestion that the more does you have around, the more likely the bucks are to come around, also.

Does pay off in bucks!


While I have hunted in areas of South Texas where does are more numerous than cattle, in my home area I normally see more bucks of various sizes than does. I suspect this has to do with the non-selective harvesting practiced on neighboring properties. Does are legal in Brazoria County until Thanksgiving weekend, but I personally wish it were the reverse, as it would be useful to be able to take a doe late in the season, to get meat for the freezer if no shootable bucks had been found. As bucks will be closely monitoring does during the rut, I will not shoot a doe if they are less than numerous, preferring to offer them sanctuary on my property, in return for a shot – literally – at their boyfriends. The doe in the above picture is not only acting as “bait” for bucks on my place, she also has a yearling fawn following her, even more reason for me to “let her walk”.



About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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