Managing the Trigger

Images 4

Managing the Trigger

images-4

When it comes to hunting, patience is a virtue. When it comes to management, patience is a necessity. You can’t grow mature bucks, balance sex ratios, and create an ideal habitat in one afternoon, but you can easily delay your progress. Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind that will keep your deer alive and your management plan on track.

We can’t control everything that happens to the deer on our land. Between EHD, poachers, predators, and other environmental factors the best we can hope for is to provide deer with a safe place to reside and an ample amount of food. Many hunters understand the importance of food sources, stand entry routes, and strategic management principles. One trait of improperly managing your herd is failing to let deer reach maturity. This may seem odd because most land managers know how to age deer on the hoof along with gauging their antlers, but the truth is people get excited when they see a buck that is “close enough” to harvest. The problem with harvesting these “almost” deer is that you aren’t allowing the bucks to reach their full potential. You are basically limiting all of your management efforts by not managing your trigger finger. Of course this doesn’t mean harvesting an immature buck or two will obstruct your goals. Letting a novice or youngster harvest a young buck is perfectly fine (and encouraged) but harvesting a buck a year before he would be a beast, that’s what can do you in.

This doesn’t just apply to bucks. This is also a problem with antlerless doe harvest. By not meeting your doe quota you are essentially asking for an increase in the deer population the following spring. Antlerless deer management is connected with the intensity of the rut, the forage provided throughout the year, and the overall health of the herd. By procrastinating on your doe harvest you are creating a hole that you will have to dig yourself out of later the following year.

There are only a few ways to keep this from happening. Spending as much time judging deer and aging them on the hoof is the best way to avoid such problems. Also, if you are able to keep trail cameras out and check them regularly this will assist you in recognizing individual bucks. This helps me because I am able instantly identify a buck by his headgear when in the field, but I’ve already had time to analyze him and estimate his age via trail cam photos. I essentially use his headgear as a tool for an individual buck’s recognition of which I already know his age. During the rut you will probably see a few bucks that you haven’t seen before. A hot doe has the ability to pull bucks in from all over the area. These bucks are harvested by wandering onto neighboring properties because the landowners haven’t had the time to properly age them. In this case you should try to age all deer you see, even the newcomers.

Letting your excitement get the best of you and making decisions on a spur-of-the-moment basis can thwart your goals. This fall during the rut, be sure to remind yourself that you have strived hard all year long planning and managing your land for optimal results, so don’t let a trigger-happy decision hinder your progress. As always, the key is to have fun and enjoy the sightings and excitement that entails the annual rut.

~ Andrew Walters Mossy Oak Properties

Click here to return to our blog
Browse our Ohio land for sale by county.
Adams County Ohio Land for Sale Allen County Ohio Land for Sale Ashland County Ohio Land for Sale Ashtabula County Ohio Land for Sale Athens County Ohio Land for Sale Auglaize County Ohio Land for Sale Belmont County Ohio Land for Sale Brown County Ohio Land for Sale Carroll County Ohio Land for Sale Champaign County Ohio Land for Sale Clark County Ohio Land for Sale Clermont County Ohio Land for Sale Clinton County Ohio Land for Sale Columbiana County Ohio Land for Sale Coshocton County Ohio Land for Sale Crawford County Ohio Land for Sale Cuyahoga County Ohio Land for Sale Darke County Ohio Land for Sale Defiance County Ohio Land for Sale Delaware County Ohio Land for Sale Erie County Ohio Land for Sale Fairfield County Ohio Land for Sale Fayette County Ohio Land for Sale Franklin County Ohio Land for Sale Fulton County Ohio Land for Sale Gallia County Ohio Land for Sale Geauga County Ohio Land for Sale Greene County Ohio Land for Sale Guernsey County Ohio Land for Sale Hamilton County Ohio Land for Sale Hancock County Ohio Land for Sale Hardin County Ohio Land for Sale Harrison County Ohio Land for Sale Henry County Ohio Land for Sale Highland County Ohio Land for Sale Hocking County Ohio Land for Sale Holmes County Ohio Land for Sale Huron County Ohio Land for Sale Jackson County Ohio Land for Sale Jefferson County Ohio Land for Sale Knox County Ohio Land for Sale Lake County Ohio Land for Sale Lawrence County Ohio Land for Sale Licking County Ohio Land for Sale Logan County Ohio Land for Sale Lorain County Ohio Land for Sale Lucas County Ohio Land for Sale Madison County Ohio Land for Sale Mahoning County Ohio Land for Sale Marion County Ohio Land for Sale Medina County Ohio Land for Sale Meigs County Ohio Land for Sale Mercer County Ohio Land for Sale Miami County Ohio Land for Sale Monroe County Ohio Land for Sale Montgomery County Ohio Land for Sale Morgan County Ohio Land for Sale Morrow County Ohio Land for Sale Muskingum County Ohio Land for Sale Noble County Ohio Land for Sale Ottawa County Ohio Land for Sale Paulding County Ohio Land for Sale Perry County Ohio Land for Sale Pickaway County Ohio Land for Sale Pike County Ohio Land for Sale Portage County Ohio Land for Sale Preble County Ohio Land for Sale Putnam County Ohio Land for Sale Richland County Ohio Land for Sale Ross County Ohio Land for Sale Sandusky County Ohio Land for Sale Scioto County Ohio Land for Sale Seneca County Ohio Land for Sale Shelby County Ohio Land for Sale Stark County Ohio Land for Sale Summit County Ohio Land for Sale Trumbull County Ohio Land for Sale Tuscarawas County Ohio Land for Sale Union County Ohio Land for Sale Van Wert County Ohio Land for Sale Vinton County Ohio Land for Sale Warren County Ohio Land for Sale Washington County Ohio Land for Sale Wayne County Ohio Land for Sale Williams County Ohio Land for Sale Wood County Ohio Land for Sale Wyandot County Ohio Land for Sale