Knut wrote:InstinctiveArcher wrote:Gas echoes my thoughts pretty well. With all the time and work I put into getting a deer, I don't think that I would be able to shoot a small deer and make it worth it.
That's the difference between a public land tag system and a territorial management system like we have it here in Germany (and other European countries).
If I'd only have a tag to fill, I would also choose my target animal by size and amount of meat.
Actually the tag permits amount goes by the county of my state, and there are 88 counties. It used to be broken up into 5 zoning regions just a couple of years ago, but as the deer populations grows it was needed to be set by county. I have a 3 deer either sex permits I can take in the county I live in,.. where overall I can take up to 6 deer in the whole state in other counties, but only 1 can be antlered for the whole deer hunting season year for Ohio. The individual States manage their big game hunting differently, so I cannot say how every state works. Even though I could shoot a young small deer, the good habitat is there for growing older deer and Ohio produces some really big old monster bucks. I hunt private property and state public lands and they do overlap with deer territories and big deer can be found on both places if you're in the right place at the right time. Mostly I leave the smaller ones alone, but I've seen them taken by a lot of public land hunters, and even private land nuisance deer are taken by farmers that get into their crops. It's nice to know some of these farmers. This map may give you some more insight of how many places to get your deer limits can be used at in Ohio .