Doe with Fawns, Who would Shoot???

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  1. Gyle

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    No way! Its unethical to kill a doe with fawns. If you shoot the mother your leaving a fawn or two alone to fend for itself pretty much killing the fawns.
     
  2. jmbuckhunter

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    The season is open for a reason......To kill deer. Yes I have done it and will again. If you need to thin your does, it's the best time to do it. If you wait they all get smart. They wouldn't open the season at this time if it would affect the fawn survival rates.
     
  3. Treehopper

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    One thing to think about. If they are buck fawns and you shoot her. They will adopt that area as your home range. If moma lives they will relocate in a different area.
     
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    I shot a doe with twins and a few days later they hooked up with another doe with twins and the five hung out the next year and a half.


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    I've shot a doe before with a fawn. If it was going to make me feel bad, I should have thought about it before I decided to be a hunter. The seasons are when they are for a reason. Yes I would take the shot.
     
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    Yes! ...... No! ..... I guess I don't know until that presents itself.....
     
  8. fatsbucknut

    fatsbucknut Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I see no issue with it. By that point in the year the fawn are capable of surviving on their own.
     
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    Im shooting. Getting out of my stand and tagging the doe, then shooting the fawn as it sits and watches me.
     
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    If those were buck fawns I would shoot for sure.
     
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    I have done it before and would do it again.

    The fawns aren't gonna be with mama much longer anyway...I see no issue with it.
     
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    No...purely personal decision.
     
  13. Sticknstringarchery

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    Man, be carefull using that word around here. Although I believe it is unethical for me to do it, if others are alright with it and they are in the limits of the law doing it then they can if they want. I use to think things were unethical until I became a member here and these guys opened my eyes. The word unethical can be offensive to others who believe a different way. Just thought I would let you know before you offend others like I did one time. I don't remember what it was about but, I used it loosely. Thats why when I do use it, I clariffy what I mean by it. Most of the time it is my personal veiws of things I wouldn't do myself but, others do that are within the limits of the law. For example, it is legal in my state to hunt over a corn pile. Do I do it? No. I hunt the trails going to them if I use corn. Kill plots, I hunt them but, others may not see it as something they would do. Its within the law but, not something that a lot of people agree with.
     
  14. Greg / MO

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    If you live anywhere around the Midwest, those fawns are within a week or two of getting pushed out on their own anyway... you are NOT "killing the fawns" in the least. I take does with fawns all the time at the first of the season, and I see them later throughout the season -- surviving just fine.
     
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    I shot a doe with twins on opening night last year and the same on the first Wednesday the year before. Both years, I watched the orphans fend for themselves all season. I've heard old timers say that fawns are fine to survive after July 4th. That's early, but by late Sept/early Oct I'm positive they are good to go.
     
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    I've done It before and I'll do It again and yes I have a huge heart. Same goes with a sow and cubs, I'd shoot her too If she was what I wanted. If I didn't think the fawns and cubs could survive on their own then obviously I wouldn't do It but that's not the case that time of the year.
     
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    I shot a doe one year that had twins with her and they wouldn't leAve after she was down. I did not see them till after the shot. I wouldn't do it again
     
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    I passed on a doe with two fawns last October. It is a decision I have made before and one I will make again in the future.
     
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    youngfart Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Had this happen to me when I 1st started bow hunting 22 years ago and I passed, didn't come up again for another 3 years . This time I took the Doe and left a button buck and doe with out a moma. They pushed at her trying to get her up till I finally got down and approached moma. They took of about 40 yards while I gutted her and then left. I did the opposite with a calf moose one year. She was with momma and I shot her 1st and the Cow cried like I never heard before. Man that was tough act to follow till she walked out of range about a 100 yards away and another hunter gun shot her. Took away the guilt right then and there.The reason I took the doe the second time was I had heard the same thing Greg said, that the fawns will make it that late in the season on there own. I've never looked back and have done it twice more since.
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  20. Beagle001

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    Beat me to it. I have, with no regrets, and will again without second thought. Fawns are basically weaned by September anyway and can survive no problem.
    I also am a hungry fella and there aren't many does that don't have fawns
     

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