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Doe or Buck6 min read


So the issues arises, you look across your field or wooded area and it hits you..is that a doe or Button buck?

I recently had a great conversation with a friend of mine about the downside to mistaing a button buck and a doe. This resulting in possibly wasting a buck tag and essentially dropping a very young buck that could potentially have been a top hit list favorite later. Being so new to deer hutning here is a little input from my personal thoughts when I am deciding if I have a doe or infact a button buck in my sights.

You’re participating in the antlerless deer hunt (more commonly known as the doe hunt). A deer steps out and it’s not sporting a rack. But how can you know for sure that it’s a doe, rather than a button buck?

A mature doe is normally larger than a young buck. She’s had a couple of years or more to grow to maturity, whereas he’s only been alive for a few months. However, this fact alone cannot provide enough information to determine the sex of a deer before pulling the trigger. A single deer, standing 100 yards away from you, can be hard to size. You must also look for other telltale signs of gender.

Adult does have long bodies with legs proportionate to torso size. Young bucks have a shorter appearance and longer legs. Now that you have a little more information to use as a guideline, you might be itching to squeeze the trigger, but you should also take some other information into consideration.

Does have long necks. They also have long faces with heads that are typically rounded at the peak. Button bucks have noticeably shorter necks and faces, with heads that are flat at the crest.

With the aforementioned information in mind, you are ready to assess the gender of the deer standing in your shooting lane. If you want to avoid harvesting a button buck during the antlerless deer hunt, look for a larger, longer-bodied deer. Check to see that she has a longer face and neck. Then, examine the top of the deer’s head to determine whether or not it has a rounded appearance. With all of these details in place, you can take aim and rest assured that you will fill a doe tag. Take time to make careful observations, and enjoy the hunt.

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