I'm looking for some advice on the best way to manage the deer on my piece of ground if possible.
I'll make it clear that I'm no deer manager and my stalking is done for my recreational sport and to fill my table. I don't have any agenda laid out by the land owner or any rules to stick to, the ground is there for me to stalk over whenever I am down that way.
That said, I would really like to improve the quality of deer on the ground, it's all Roe by the way.
I generally shoot three bucks and three does on average throughout the year, certainly no more than that.
I've only ever shot one decent head off the ground and that was in April this year. Most of the bucks I take are small four pointers, either yearlings or maybe up to three years old. I never see any decent bucks although I know gold medals have been taken less than a mile away.
There seems (to me) to be a large number of does on the ground as opposed to bucks, I would estimate approx four to one based upon what I see on average when stalking. The bucks I do see are not good quality in terms of antlers, a six point buck is a rarity, I've only shot five in fifteen years, as I said, most are four pointers and small. I try, wherever possible to shoot the smalleest bucks hoping the slightly better ones will improve in terms of head quality but I never see any gains in that department.
So, to improve the quality of deer on the ground, should I be taking out more bucks or less? Hitting the does harder?
Any advice would be appreciated and as I said, I'm just a recreational stalker trying to improve the deer on my patch.