• Larry Weishuhn with his elk

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I realize it’s big game season, some have been going on for a while, others are already over and some are just now starting or are about to. I’ve been at it for a while during late summer and early fall, but a bit differently than I normally do. It’s been an interesting year in many ways, but also a strange one. Early this spring I had to cancel a black bear hunt on Vancouver Island, then in September I canceled an Alaskan brown bear and moose hunt. Then after a highly successful mountain hunt to Austria I came home to realize there were problems with the hunting lease I had hoped to hunt these next few days.

 

The lease was supposedly set up, ready to hunt when I came home, but there were problems once I started looking into it. The ranch is under a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Managed Land Deer Permit, which means it’s under a State approved management program that includes both population and habitat management. The lease was represented to me as our being able to start hunting with the opening of the MLDP season, the same day as the archery season, and closes the last day of February. Buck and doe permits are issued to the property based on the density, buck to doe ratio, fawn survival rates and both short and long term goals and objectives. All that was great!

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As a youngster I was enthralled with the Tarzan movies. That said, there are many these days who likely have no idea who Tarzan is, or I suspect I should say was. Those who don’t know about Tarzan are probably quite savvy with Googling subjects, so I would suggest you type in “Tarzan” and find out.   Suffice it to say here Tarzan lived in the “wilds” of Africa.

 

Those Tarzan movies were for the most part filmed here in the states. Interestingly Indian elephants were used in the films complete with larger tied on cardboard ears, made to look like African elephants (if you don’t know, Indian elephants have much smaller ears than do African elephants). Sometimes there were also fallow deer shown in the old Tarzan movies. Fallow deer were not originally from Africa but Europe instead. But sometimes too, Tarzan movies contained footage acquired in East Africa and featured black rhinos, crocodiles and other true African animals. From doing a fair amount of reading about Africa as as child, I had a pretty good idea in what was real Africa and what wasn’t.

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We’ve “traveled” a long way when it comes to deer management, be it quality deer management, trophy management or simply trying to keep deer populations in tune with what the habitat can sustain on a daily basis without having an adverse effect.

 

I even remember a time when the taking of does was taboo throughout much of the whitetail deer’s range. It wasn’t that many years ago.

 

As we progressed in deer management we’ve also come up with such terms as “management buck” to describe certain bucks within the herds. But what exactly is a “management buck”?

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