Great point Skip, totally agree. I’d add to your very last sentence/equation…..educated deer managers + general public - coyote explosion - overall - too many does being killedOne point of clarification that’s important IMO…. A lot or MOST of the “shoot does” RIGHTFULLY stems from this general idea or situation …. The dudes that always shot the young bucks. When there is “a good # of does”….. LET’S SHOOT “A DOE” VS SHOOTING ANOTHER YOUNG BUCK!!!! (Or just want ONE for freezer) Which I actually think is a very very very good thing & good change!!!!!! Where that precise motive & goal changes or veers a vastly different direction is: “I used to shoot a doe vs shooting another small buck…. If that’s good…. Let’s shoot 10 does!!!” …. & countless guys with multiple small tracts doing the same. If 10 guys shoot 10 does off small tracts for example- clearly we can see it going the other direction REALLY FAST. & that does happen!!!!!! It’s so hard to balance.
When above rightfully shoots 30 deer off one farm- I personally know guys like that are spot on with the thinking & results. When Jim Bob & 40 cousins all shoot a pile of does not really knowing about deer density - it can destroy an area & does.
SO!! …. IMO- Shooting does vs another small buck- awesome!!! Shooting way too many does for guys that are not dialed in to deer management - not a good thing. Deer managers in uniquely high density areas surgically taking the right amount out with a lot of knowledge- great!!
The balance & folks doing right thing is what’s way out of whack right now. Most folks are shooting & not understanding deer densities/populations.
Average it all out… educated deer managers + general public - overall - too many does are shot in Midwest. Period, IMO
I know you’ve been raging against them on here and I’m with ya. Don’t think most hunters are factoring in just how much damage those damn hyenas have done and continue to do to fawn recruitment and overall herd numbers.