Posted 10/13/2021 10:36 (#9266583 - in reply to #9266452) Subject: RE: Raising milo around heavy deer pressure
Can still grow +200 bu. corn here in W. Ill. back in the timber fields. Have a 13 acre field with 3 miles of tree line around it that I just took 210 bu. corn off of it. Kinda takes 250 bu. corn in the middle areas of field to compensate for the poorer yields around the edge to avg. +200 in these type of fields. I must not have the same level of deer damage, but it's certainly up there, as you can't hardly go back into those type of fields w/o seeing or bumping multiple deer.
To get bigger, better bucks, a manager should want to reduce the doe population, as that gives bucks a better chance to reach their antler potential, plus provide a better rut action, but you prob won't be able to convince him of that. Some hate on the coyotes, which is understandable, but they will reduce the fawn crop at the least, and would imagine they don't discriminate any against doe fawns. Bobcats take their share of fawns also.