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Old 11-08-2017, 08:37 AM   #1
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Ok TB'rs,

We are having some discussions within our lease about slick 6's and crab claws on the ranch. The ranch owner has given us full rights to manage the deer population on the ranch. Since this is the first year on the ranch, we have seen a huge number of bucks and a very disproportionate number of does. The owner said that 2 years ago they had a very bad drought and it was particularly hard on fawns so he suggested that we leave does alone for another year. We all agree on that. But where we are having some good discussions are around 3.5-4.5 year old deer that look like nice 8's from the side and then turn and have ZERO brow tines OR deer that have crab claw genetics on the front. What are y'all thoughts?
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:41 AM   #2
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I personally like Crab Claws. No eye guards however by that age thwack/boom!
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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I personally like Crab Claws. No eye guards however by that age thwack/boom!
x 2

Love the claws, but want the brows.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:34 AM   #4
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I tend to agree with you on the crab claws but for some reason some of guys think that that genetic is not favorable.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:13 PM   #5
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Got any pics?
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:38 AM   #6
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yeah. I'm at the lease now. I'll post some when I get back Sunday night to show you.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:17 AM   #7
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I would shoot all crab claws if score is what you are after - mature deer the goal then Id let them get to your goal age

no brows I would shoot on site

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Old 11-16-2017, 03:03 PM   #8
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Age, age, age.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:11 PM   #9
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No brows get culled instantly.

Crab claws I think would be a hunter preference.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:14 PM   #10
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Id let the bucks age before culling anything, hard drought takes some time to recover.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:45 PM   #11
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If you are hunting a low fence place, its going to be hard to change the underlying genetics of your deer herd. I would let your bucks get old before shooting anything - especially in year 1.

But if you have a fairly accurate game survey, showing deer numbers well above carrying capacity, then shooting bucks with undesirable antler traits can certainly help your big deer grow by reducing mouths off the property.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:46 AM   #12
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It’s all about the AGE.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:59 AM   #13
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I was out this morning and saw this guy. Looks young to me and thinking he is 2.5 yrs. He should get whacked right?
On my place the genetics are not great by any stretch of the imagination......typical 8 and 10's.




for comparison...
Another young deer just needs some age on him from the same pasture.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:43 AM   #14
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Manage for frames. Most mule deer don’t have brow tines, and if they do, they are negligible. Crab claw G3’s are a much worse trait than not having brow tines. The ignorance behind blanket statement management/culling criteria drive me up the wall.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:51 AM   #15
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I personally really like the look of crab claws.
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Old 11-17-2017, 11:06 AM   #16
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We have a similar problem. Slick 6 with no brows and crab claw 8 points are pretty common for us so we shoot them once they get 4.5ish. We've got a lot of deer, so we have to kill plenty bucks and does, so those "less desirable" crab claw 8 points get put on the list. We've got one in-particular that we named Crabs 3 years ago. I saw him once last year and he is very impressive, but will never score good at all... My theory on the matter is take the deer out in hopes something with better head gear will move in and take his spot on the totem pole. This is a very "property specific" topic though IMO. Different properties, different herds, different management needs.
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