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daddus1 01-25-2011 12:04 PM

DE deer hunt
Had a great hunt, shotgun, in Delaware last thurs,fri and sat. got two, one button buck( they are pretty good sized this time if year) and a doe at about 130 lbs. Now the down side, when you gut a doe this time of year it is pretty gruesome. I never thought of the young ones she was carring. Might make me think about such late season hunting if i want to do it again or not.

buckfever 01-26-2011 06:39 AM

Congrats on the successful hunt.

I can see what your saying about a gruesome gut job. Im surprised the season would still be open if does were already starting to develop their young ones already.

After inception how quick does the fetus start to develop? I've never shot a late season doe and after your experience I dont think I will if they got a young one growing already.

tator 01-26-2011 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by daddus1 (Post 52102)
Now the down side, when you gut a doe this time of year it is pretty gruesome. I never thought of the young ones she was carring.


Don't think I would be able to do that......

However, I did kill a doe this year on Nov 15th (opening day of rifle) and she still had a LOT of milk in her. Is this usual?

aka_hunter2002 01-26-2011 03:11 PM

I also killed a doe with alot of milk in her to I was wondering about that

daddus1 01-26-2011 06:19 PM

I would think that the remaining milk would be her simply nursing a late or "spoiled" fawn. We have all seen the kid that is 2 years old still chewing on the bottle. Just a thought!

tator 01-27-2011 01:30 PM

yeah that's kinda what I thought daddus... this doe must of had a late-born fawn that she was still nursing. spoiled brat!!!

Not to sound gross and sorry to offend anyone, but daddus, how large was the fawn in that doe you shot? Just wondering how big the fawn "fetus" was at that stage in the pregnancy. It amazes me how fast fawns grow into full grown deer.

daddus1 01-28-2011 02:00 PM

the twins were the size of softballs.
this is a real head trip for me but it just goes to show how lack of
thought can cross your eyes!
It was lawful and "in season" but thoughts linger.
I'll live

tator 01-28-2011 02:46 PM

Well now you know... i probably would've made the same mistake... but look at it like this... it's not like that was the last living whitetail doe.
thanks for answering my question.. i wasn't trying to be a sicko about it, but was just curious. thanks again

Hunting Man 01-28-2011 07:41 PM

I also killed a doe that had a twin set and it affected me the same way. it was like: was it right hunting late season? My thoughts are it just happens and as hunters we make our rules with-in the limits of the law and accept our own actions. I still hunt late season.

hunter177 01-30-2011 09:40 PM

Late Season
I never hunted late season until this year. I never thought about that possibility but now I have mixed emotions about hunting the late season again.:confused:

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