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shma12

Registered: 09/04/07
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As I have said before I am new here, from OH.  The last deer I took there was a small doe, about 150 dressed, My biggest buck was a monster bodies 16pt. that dressed out at 280-290.  I am really hoping to be able to hunt some around here, I just don't know what size is a good size for the Maryland area, I hope to hunt in either Northern Harford county or Cecil county.

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The DNR might be able to give you some averages.

If I shoot a doe and it breaks a hundred pounds, I think that is a big doe. Every once in a while some "honker-does get shot" at 130-140 pounds.

Most I shoot are between 60-100 pounds.

As far as bucks, that can really vary.

Im going to say a 3.5year od buck dressed will go from 160-190 pounds dressed.

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I forget if this is from last year or the year before,
But here is me and rupe.

The doe I took, was a good sized one, maybe 90 pounds.
Bu the one in front that rupe shot was huge, and I would say it pushed 140


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Biggest doe I ever shot weighed 113 pounds dressed.  Basically, a dressed out doe that goes over 100 is a big doe, and anything over 80 is a good sized doe.  The biggest buck I ever killed weighed 265 pounds on the hoof, we estimated that it'd be about 180-190 dressed.  My grandfather killed a 150" 10-pointer two or three years ago that weighed 190 dressed.  Both of those bucks were HUGE for the area that we hunt.  I'd say that a good sized buck will be around at least 150lbs dressed.

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Wow, yeah what Bobbie said...  I love shooting 80, 90lb does.  If 150 lbs field dressed is what you consider a small doe...  Wow!  You can get does that field dress over 100, but I would consider that 'big" and above the norm.


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I forget if this is from last year or the year before,
But here is me and rupe.

The doe I took, was a good sized one, maybe 90 pounds.
Bu the one in front that rupe shot was huge, and I would say it pushed 140


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NEED TO SEE A PICTURE OF A

16 POINT 280 POUNDS

PLEASE

 Post a picture.

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In my picture the buck is a 11 ptr dressed out at 220lbs. He was taken by the wye river


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I shot one of them big Potomac Nannies  a few years back, darn thing was the size of the buck I also shot , In fact walking up on it I thought it was the buck till I saw it had a flat head. She dressed out almost 160, spit,  To tuff to eat so I made stew and burgers out of her.

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In general, specific properties will vary, you will find smaller deer in western MD - bigger deer in eastern and southern MD. Central MD is a mix due to the suburban setting, some get protected long enough to reach 4-6 years old (Mont. & How. Co.). Also depends on the time of the year. All of my 7 to 9 point bucks aging between 2 to 3.5 years old fell in the range of 120 to 160 pounds dressed. As others have said any doe between 90 and 110 pounds is a "nice" doe. Good luck.


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last year i shot a doe that dressed out at 155 pounds, and she was aged at 8 1/2 years old.


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Dressed weight also depends on the overpopulation in the area you hunt.

Stunted deer are a possiblity in areas the herd is running wild. I`ve killed 18 month old bucks that dress at 75 pounds. Many yearlings in some areas will only go 35 or 40 pounds dressed in poor areas with many deer.

A good average to look at would be, as was said, 80 pounds dressed weight on a 2 year old doe, and about 150 for a 3 and 1/2 year old buck...of course, rural farm counties will have a higher average, and suburban areas could be above or below that depending on if the areas are accesible to hunting, or overpopulated to a point where forge has become scarce.


The western Maryland mountains also seem to have a smaller than average dressed weight.


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shma12

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I'm working on getting the pictures from OH. Thanks for all the good info. I just did not want to pass up a good deer not knowing.  Pics will be coming.

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