Another interesting history thread

MtnMan

Four Pointer
#31
I figured I would update this thread. This old doe, now 9 1/2+, has been quite visible on camera this year. I have gotten more pics of her this year than the past 5 years combined. She actually looks to be in good shape - much better shape than she was in at the end of last summer. It's just amazing to me that with most deer in NC being killed before their 3rd birthday, this doe has been able to evade hunters for so long. I have still never seen her from the stand.


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If those two young ones are hers a buck must have blind sided her .
 

30/06

Twelve Pointer
#32
We had 2 on our lease that were there for years. One had a nasty hole in its jaw, corn would actually fall out of it when she ate. She was a young doe. when injured. We saw her for 3-4 more years, had a very noticeable dark patch of fur where the injury was. I saw her from stand a few times and also watching the neighbors bean field one evening over the summer. She was killed in that bean field on a depredation permit.

Another was a doe that one of our club members hit low in the shoulder, she lost the leg. I never saw her from the stand but others did, you could hear her coming from a long ways away due to her only having 3 legs. She was also killed in the bean field on depredation......wonder why there are so few deer on that side of the farm now. Ever since the farm next door has had crops in it deer numbers have plummeted and very, very few good bucks that way.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Thread starter #33
She was also killed in the bean field on depredation......wonder why there are so few deer on that side of the farm now. Ever since the farm next door has had crops in it deer numbers have plummeted and very, very few good bucks that way.
I know the feeling. They need to review how they handle depredation permits.
 

Aaron H

Twelve Pointer
#34
"I believe she is now 8 1/2+ years old. She has lived her entire life in an area with a very high coyote population, and quite a bit of hunting pressure. I tried to kill her for several years, but she never showed herself. I think if I see her now, I'll just tip my hat. :D"
I can agree with that Sky Hawk... I had an old doe around one place I hunt each year. She was very smart. I hunted her 3 years with a bow, seeing her but getting no shot. After her beating me many times I vowed to never kill her. I watched her many times and saw her take extreme caution in every approach near my stands. I could easily have killed her with a gun. She died with Hemhoragic disease in 2016 at about 12 years old by my best guess,
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Thread starter #35
I finally saw her a few weeks ago from the stand. Came in as part of a group of 5 does. Could have killed her with a gun.

Just got a picture last week. I swear she's pregnant. Or else she's just packing on the pounds. Either way, looks a lot healthier than she did last year.

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#37
From time to time, I will get a picture of an old gnarly, lumpy doe that I just know has to be a very old deer. Unfortunately there's just no way to prove it or track them from year to year. This old doe is the exception. She is blind in her right eye, from an injury, and I believe she may have been shot with an arrow about (or exactly) the same time. I believe a 2" 2-blade from a hunting partner brushed her eye and buried in her right shoulder

Here she is in 2012 shortly after sustaining the eye injury. She was good sized then, most likely 3 1/2 years old or older. She has a 2" wide scar on her right shoulder, which happens to line up with a large mark across her eye. It's not the best picture to show it, but you can see she is in poor condition. She is actually quite thin.




Here she is in 2013. She recovered well, and filled out nicely. All except for that eye. Big old girl.




2014 - not the best pic, but the only one I got




2015 - again not the best pic, but she looks like she's thinning out.




2016 - No pic

2017 - Here she is again, a good pic showing that she is well past her prime






I believe she is now 8 1/2+ years old. She has lived her entire life in an area with a very high coyote population, and quite a bit of hunting pressure. I tried to kill her for several years, but she never showed herself. I think if I see her now, I'll just tip my hat. :D
Very cool.

2 things. First, a biologist once told me the largest does aren’t necessarily (or even likely) the oldest. He said they were bigger at 2-4 than they were in later years. I hope she’s doing well.

Secondly, I caught trail cam pics of twin doe fawns 10 years ago. Anyone who has ever come to my place hunting was warned not to shoot either of them. I saw both of them, regularly for years. I stopped seeing one of them in 2016. I was turning out of my driveway last Sunday morning and saw one of them. She’s 10 yrs old. That’s hard for me to believe. She’s also a piebald and is 90+% white.