Concerned Hunters Animal Management Association

Basic Game Management

There are three things to remember to start a game management program:

1. Food - make sure there is ample food supply to support the deer population on the area you are managing. This can be done by feeding all year by putting out food plots. You  can't rely on the native grasses and other forage in the area. There are a lot of good products on the markets that will grow good in all areas of Texas and are a good source for vitamin's and minerals. If you are not sure what too use just contact us we will be glad to help if we can.

2. Water is the most important of the three.

3. Cover or habitat. You need to have good cover on the place you are working on. The more cover you have the better off you will be. (More cover - more animals)

Helpful Hints

Management is just common sense. You need mature animals to breed back into the herd. If you are not sure you have any mature animals on the place you are working my advice would be this. I would not harvest any bucks only spikes and freak horn. (first year) You need to know your place watch the animals you have. Make the hunters give you a report on what they are seeing when they are on there hunting blinds. If they are seeing eight pointers or larger then the second year I would harvest eight pointers. Just remember you don't want to over harvest. You don't want to go harvest all your younger animals. Just remember one thing young bucks grow up. A lot of managers like a one to one ratio I myself like one buck to two does. I would also harvest all spikes. A spike buck must have horns at lease 4 inches long or longer. Need to harvest freak horn animals also. Just a reminder a buck could have hurt his self while his horns were developing this can cause a horn to be bad on one side. Just remember this is not a overnight thing. Don't over harvest. If we can help write to us and good hunting. One very important thing get a kid involved in hunting.

Rules

First year: If not sure on mature buck count, harvest only spikes, freak horns, and does.

First year: If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 10% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does.

Second year:  If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 10% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does.

Third year: If you have mature bucks, harvest no more than 20% of the mature buck population and all spikes, freak horns, and does. This  presumes a mature buck population increase due to previous year's management practices.

Harvest mature buck(s) after the rut the first two years.

Keep the predator population thinned out as much as possible

No young bucks under eight points shall be harvested. Only spikes and freak horns

Spike buck must have no visible fork and spikes 6-8 inches or longer

Keep you buck to doe ratio at one buck to two does

Feed all year work with the land owners next to your place to manage their place


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