Big Does This Year?Contributors to this thread:
Habitat for Wildlife 14-Nov-19
stick n string 14-Nov-19
BIG BEAR 15-Nov-19
Two Feathers 17-Nov-19
Anyone else seeing some abnormally big Does this year? Ive been lucky enough to get a couple nice ones, tons of fat on them up here in Northern MN. They did say it was gonna be a cold winter, deer must know it.
there's a farm I hunt that has a lot of does & some of them long nosed smart old gals that seem to have esp sometimes
From: Habitat for Wildlife
Those northern deer make ours look like bambi.
From: stick n string
Brought this big ol girl home a few weeks ago. Wasnt overly fat i didnt think, but from straight above, you could really see her fawn-bearing hips... OMG, Becky, look at her butt....
Wow these are some beautiful Does. Love me some big girls. Thanks for sharing everyone. Cant wait to get back out there and get one for myself. I feel like a buck in rut!!! Doe Fever!
My nephew shot one a couple weeks ago that was 171# field dressed.We have some big ones and does have been protected in our area(gun season) for five years.We can only shoot them in archery or late muzzle-loader.We have way too many does in our area right now.
It's always a cold winter in Minnesota. There isn't a chance in heck that a deer isn't gonna eat all the nutrients it can prior to the winter. It's not like they eat according to what they think the winter is going to be like. They eat all they can every year and then try to survive. Some deer will have a lot of fat, some will be a little short. Some will die, some won't.
No offense wildan but I think I'd have to see the doe and the scale it was weighed on. 171# FD would put live weight ~215#. Generally you have to get into 3.5 YO or older bucks to reach that status in NY or PA. I've killed a boat load of does in said states over 60 years and the largest was 125# FD. Not saying that there aren't heavier out there but, again, I gotta see the deer and the scale.
Idk APauls I think these big ladies might have a sixth sense
cornpone. look at the pic I posted & compare the does head to the 5 gallon bucket beside it I didn't weight the deer but guessed her at 150# dressed
From: BIG BEAR
Cornpone ..... I killed one that went #170 field dressed. Weighed at the butchers. Bow kill in the U.P. of Michigan......
Here's a fat, upstate New York corn-fed, soybean fed, apple eating mature doe.
Here’s a big one from Pa.
A MN girl.
Well, I guess there are some "freakishly" big ones out there, but I'm running out of time to bag one!!
Yes, I’ve seen some very big ones this year in south central Indiana. I know my buck had a lot of fat, but that was a few weeks (10/10)before the rut so I would expect that. I haven’t taken a doe yet.
From: Two Feathers
My grandson got one last night and he looks like a midget next to it hanging.
Big ole farm fed doe I shot opening day in PA didn't get a scale on her but she's a healthy ole girl!