Wondering if anyone has any theories or rationale for shooting the does they do? I’m not saying there’s a right or wrong answer here!!! A right answer could be “I shoot younger ones for tender meat”. Fair enough. Or “I don’t shoot does with little fawns” - fair enough again. Maybe someone doesn’t care & shoots everything - ok, but not what I’m getting at on this post. But.... personally or with any evidence - what do u shoot and why? My thoughts (& I could be way off here!!!! ) & variety of reasons why I shoot what I do.... I shoot “really old does” for 3 biological theories... 1st is simpler..... 1) old does are extremely territorial & run off “new deer”. I like having “new deer” coming into land to breed new blood & allow possibly more new genetics and blood lines around. 2) I talked to a deer breeder. He “claimed” as does get older- the quality of offspring (top end bucks) goes down. I said “don’t genetics stay the same regardless of age?” I can’t fully summarize his response but part of it was nutrition & vigor of offspring being better with younger deer - kinda like a person in late 40’s having far more likelihood of baby with issues or defects or viability. He quit breeding does at like 4-5 maybe??? He had some other reasons I can’t explain. It sounded logical and legit & he was an “expert” who makes decisions based on income & growing bigger deer but who knows. 3) social stress. Long but serious subject. Old does are nasty. & aside from 3-4 weeks a year - they are Nasty to bucks and bucks don’t wanna be around em. They are aggressive to other does (the old witch kicking the younger deer, u name it). other reasons: the old witches that blow at me- so fun to whack em!!!! Lots of meat & still delicious. I am a softy for not wanting to kill young dumb does who have years ahead of them. Old does are smart & crafty- fun to connect & gets rid of one overly paranoid crank. that’s just me though. What do u generally target and why? & I’m very curious to hear from folks who have biological & management reasons for they shoot what they shoot. Or - even what time of year they feel it’s best to shoot them.