B&C 180 Class
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North-Central Missouri
Well first off... in many states, spotlighting deer itself, is illegal,,, let alone killing them too. You might want to check your state's regulations on that.
To answer your question, yes you can have too many does and from what it sounds like you may have too many--- depending on your property size.
How big is the property you're hunting? If it's over 500 acres, I'd say a doe herd of at least 10 isn't bad and probably low. But if you're sitting on around 250 acres (like I am) 10 does is probably a few too many. Remember, those does will all get bred and more than half of them are likely to have twins. So if you start with 10 does this year, next year you could have those same 10 does and 15-20 other does or young bucks.
The other thing you have to consider is that bucks this time of year are in bachelor groups generally. They aren't quite yet runnin' with the gals. Now, granted, they usually are pretty close by. Also remember that many times bucks travel different trails than does this time of year as well.
If I were you, and if you have around 250 acres or less, I'd take out a couple does now, that way when the rut starts and you see a doe, you're more likely to see a buck chasing her. The more does you have, the more chasing your bucks will have to do and the less likely you're going to see a buck zoned in on just one doe.
Are you in firearm season, where ever you're at? If not, make sure you're staying legal and taking them with the proper weapon. Also, make sure you at least donate the meat to a needy family, don't ever let vension just lie and ruin.