[rquote=1484416&tid=103635&author=Mo deer killah] I would hope this possibly means "The Orange Army" as Flatliner put it has learned from their mistakes and decided to maybe listen to MDC's Deer herd management recommendations. You can't sit back and take 1 deer from 20-30 deer herds year after year and expect big well fed healthy deer. Especially when you all believe in not feeding them any food plots. Most places have so many deer that they are having winter die offs every year and the deer are just scraping by.
There was a guy who sold his 640 acre farm because he was fed up. He said he could not get 200 point class deer to grow their. So he moved out of state.
I am a farmer by trade, and I am telling you guys. You got to get the deer numbers DOWN. They can not continually count on farmer's row crops (aka corn and such) because we will just go to feeding cattle and not doing any row crops.
I know I may be :blah: and look like im :whinging: but the agriculture business is being driven into the ground by the dang deer of all things. I know lots of people who deer hunt, and they all are not allowed to hunt any thing on my place. They are self centered, stuck up's thinking only about their hobby/sport which is why they are not allowed around at all.
They hatched a plan to grow the deer numbers up so they think they can have their choice of 200 class deer but it is not that way at all. they just have a huge number of malnourished starving deer and one good winter or one strong disease and your herd is going to be one maybe 2 deer. That's it!
You guys have to stop this "I only shoot big bucks" idea. You have to shoot the does to get the deer numbers down.[/rquote]
I'm not sure I understand your post. Most of the guys on here enjoy filling the freezer first and throwing heads on the wall second and are pretty familiar with the reasons for keeping MO's deer herd in check. Missouri's deer herd dynamics are blotchy at best, there are areas that are overhunted and others that are over populated (please mark these areas on a map and I will be happy to help).
I can't say I have heard of any winter die off's or starvation problems for deer in Missouri in decades. There have been some EHD outbreaks here and there during the summer months, but I would have to say Missouri's deer pretty much got it made during the winter months compared to their northern counterparts.
MWT has a solution to the overpopulated areas....Lungbuster!
I just realized that was your first post! :welcome: , if you stick around the site you'll likely find that there are many people here that would be happy to help you out with your deer issues.