Top 10 Factors in Harvesting a Large Buck
John’s Top 10 Ways to Harvest a Large Buck
10) Reduce the need for “compensatory gain”
If bucks are depleted from the previous season, more of the nutrients and nutrition during new antler development will be to rebuild back body reserves. This affects antler redevelopment.
9) Reduce travel distances
Every step from bedding to water to food increases a deer’s maintenance requirements. It also increased the exposure to predation. You want to have multiple sources of each, positioning them near each other.
8) Have 365-day forages.
If you always have something preferred, there will be less reason for a deer to leave your property. Stockpiling forage is art and easier said than done.
7) Have 365-day bedding.
Deer bed where they bed for survival and maintenance. They want to stay dry when its wet. They want to stay warm when it’s cold. They want to stay cool when it’s hot. They want to smell predators and see to escape. If you don’t have quality bedding, that old buck will live in an area where it is there.
6) Rarely/Never enter a buck living room.
Stay out of sanctuaries and prime buck bedding areas.
5) Feed the does.
That large buck’s growth curve is dictated starting with the volume and quality of milk his mom produces. That larger and more healthy buck fawn will be less likely to go through compensatory gain year 1. That can help carry it on in subsequent years. This area many overlook and it’s mother nature. It happens across species and is easy to do.
Effective use of screening to dictate where you want bucks to enter fields and reduce a buck’s vision will increase buck movement. This can be accomplished by plot screening, edge feathering, native grasses and more.