Much of Durkin's statements couldn't be further from the truth in true northern environments, such as the U.P. of Michigan. Very few individuals understand the complexity of adequate harvest and overharvest in the northern charecteristics of migration and yarding phenomenon areas. To use a quote from Neil Dougherty shows the ineptness of Durkin's statement. I've personally been to Dougherty's property, and he is in now way in a "northern environment", and is anything but and expert on northern herd population dynamics. In fact, on a 2 hour John Deere gator tour of his property, I saw many, many deer. I wouldn't be surprised if Dougherty had 80+ deer per square mile, in fact he told me they had witnessed around 40 different bucks using his property on a daily basis.
"Dougherty recommends that once you have enough ammo, find some friends and family members, and shoot all the does you can legally harvest."
Wow! I'll make sure that I remove that invitation of a hunt here on my property in the U.P. for Neil. I think sometimes outdoor writers forget that we have several areas of the country that don't apply when it comes to the "shoot every legal doe that moves" mentality, including the entire northern 1/2 of the U.P., northern Vermont, northern Maine, etc.
In actuallity, the further north you go, especially into areas of high average winter mortality, the less does you need to shoot! The simple reason for this is that it doesn't matter what your population number, what amount of food you have, it only matters that in true harsh winter conditions, the stress of winter, and the stress of winter alone, determines fawn recruitment and the promotion of a sustainable herd.
Any articles that doesn't mention various areas of the country that do not need doe harvest, as well as articles that recommend shooting "every legal doe", with no regard to actually population carrying capacity numbers, is highly irresponsible.
1.Figure your properties carrying capacity
2.Complete and accurate census
3.Estimate populaton dynamics
In my experience, in the overzealousness to lower overall state or national population numbers, hunters and property owner's sometimes mistakingly apply the "shoot any doe that moves" mentality with total disregard to any reflection of actual population numbers or carrying capacity of a property. This is NOT QDM. When this happens, and overharvest takes place, lack of enjoyment, resentment, and frustration often can lead to pointing the finger at one cherished(at least to me) organization and biological philosophy....QDM.
I took Durkin's article as a promotion of property management activities, seeds, or services, rather than an article of any biological importance or enlightement.
Guys, please, figure carrying capacity, get a true reflection of your property's populaton dynamics, and then set realistic harvest goals, with hard numbers. That's QDM....nothing is ever going to be exact, but at least make and educated attempt and set educated goals........ "Dougherty recommends that once you have enough ammo, find some friends and family members, and shoot all the does you can legally harvest.".....doesn't sound to educated to me.