Harvested First Deer Of The Season

fileDuring the early muzzle loader season here in Iowa, I was able to harvest our first deer. It is a small buck by Iowa standards but will provide a lot of good meat. I plan to get one more deer and that should provide enoug meat for my wife and I for the year.

I had a couple of deer hunting friends who suggested that I should have passed on this deer and let him get bigger, but I am not a trophy hunter and only wish to get a good size  deer for eating. I don’t like to harvest doe’s because when you kill a doe you are killing more than one deer. You kill a doe you also kill the fawn she would have had in the spring and if she would have twin fawns like a lot of them do than that is 3 deer that will not be there in the spring. Plus doe’s usually have this years fawns with them that if you take the mother the chance of that fawn surviving the hunting season and winter go way down. So this is why I reluctant to shoot doe’s. If I was raising cattle I wouldn’t harvest the heifers but only the young bulls for our meat. I view the deer on this farm as live stock to be harvested in a sustainable way.IMG_0113Being a land owner here in Iowa I can harvest up to 3 more deer and may harvest a doe that is by herself for my next deer. Happy hunting everyone.

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About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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7 Responses to Harvested First Deer Of The Season

  1. Lisa says:

    I’ve been following your progress for quite some time now and always enjoy seeing your posts!!
    Congrats on your first deer off of your land! We don’t hunt our land, but I’m not against it….they’re just so pretty to look at that I can’t bring myself to shoot one!!
    We’re starting our ( barn) house next month and am so excited to get started.
    Thanks for sharing
    Lisa

    • Thanks for your comment Lisa. I know how you feel about the deer being so pretty and not being able to shoot one. I too feel similar feelings but hunting has been so ingrained in my mind from such a young age that I just try and look at it as a farmer does with his own animals. I guess that’s another reason why I don’t shoot doe’s because they are the ones we see most of the time. I am excited for you to get started on your barn home, i can remember when we were getting ready to start and how excited we were. Keep in touch and let us know how things go.

  2. We don’t hunt, either, because I love watching them too much, but I really appreciate and respect your view on not hunting does, Gordon. It sounds very wise to me! Enjoy your first venison!

  3. Rick says:

    Nice job Gordon. Here in Mo. the bow season has been in for a while. I haven’t got one yet. Gun season comes in Nov.11th. I hunt for the meat too and will not shoot a doe. One had twins this year and the twins have broke up with the mother and are staying together. Enjoy you deer meat.

    • Thanks Rick, nice to know I am not alone in my feeling of not shooting doe’s. I am also looking forward to our first gun season that doesn’t open until Dec. 2. Good luck and hope you get a big buck.

  4. purlygirl2 says:

    As your wife, I prefer this size buck or smaller, since helping drag a deer carcass out of the woods is hard enough. I’d hate to drag a heavier deer, like last year’s buck. Plus, a big buck means you’ll want to get it mounted, which is expensive and we only need a certain amount of dead animals on our walls. Also, another big buck means some of those annoying buddies dropping by for the next couple of months to look at it. No thanks.

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