What’s your opinion ? I’ve read articles and research on this for decades. Little things like “well, adult does make better mothers”, etc. They are often leaders and very smart & good at defending their group from threats. On the other side.... Young does often bring in new genetics so kill old ones. Adult does are mean old witches that run deer off. For sure territorial mean witches that would keep the new deer with new genetics in many cases. New blood is usually a good thing. One very interesting take I got while talking to a deer breeder many years ago..... he “claimed” he quits breeding does at older ages as he attests (with some science) the offspring do not have as good of “giant racks” and health as they did before the mothers got old. This is odd????? Genetics stay the same. BUT- it was “something along the lines” of.... the older does are run down, don’t have nutrition or energy to put top notch growth into baby fawns. Maybe like when a woman gets to be 40.... more complications, less fertile & more infant problems???? I can’t recall exactly what it was to be honest. But- he quit breeding does for superior buck fawns at older ages. Any merit to it- I don’t know. I am not explaining it quite right I’m sure. I’m sure I’m missing some of the points and discussion he was saying & this was a long time ago. I like shooting old does as they are mean & bust me more often . I love smacking old witches. Plus- they are extremely hard to kill vs young does. I may shoot one younger 2-3 year old doe for meat but the rest- I shoot older does. I think the reality of harvest for GENERAL PUBLIC is young does.... because they are easy to kill (heck, I think almost 40-50% of kill is FAWNS based on some data I’ve seen. 15-20% is button bucks). But- that’s different topic as it has zero to do with this question of “what’s best”. But- is there evidence, science or knowledge you guys have that would point to whether it’s better to shoot old or young does?? As I sit with bow & get a variety that do walk past - I’ll likely target certain age classes more based on the pro’s & cons. Watcha think?!?