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  • Livestock has been crossbred, linebred, inbred and outcrossed for millenia. How do you feel about this subject when it comes to

    Livestock has been crossbred, linebred, inbred and outcrossed for millenia. How do you feel about this subject when it comes to Whitetailed Deer. Should we be artifically inseminating does just to produce bigger antlers?

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    Absolutely NOT! Ther is already too much amphasis placed on antlers as it is.

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    • #3
      I agree with rjbedrock thats not how it works

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      • #4
        I do not think we should touch them. They are a natural life form that we pursue and love. rjbedrock is right there is to much placed on the antlers of deer. Getting a deer with a high score is few and far between. If you change that then everyone will be shooting world class bucks.

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        • #5
          We certainly have performed all of the above in purebred horses ever since someone devised a halter and a leadrope to hold them. I don't know about deer except that in one small in the south years ago, and I assume still today, there existed a herd of spotted deer with a few solid white ones. I never killed a tobiano buck but do have a friend there who did. He tanned the hide and it is very attractive on his law office wall. As far as I know it was never determined how these genetics came about. I know this narative varies somewhat from your question but it does provide imput regarding that sometimes Mother Nature performs the unexpected. I guess I vote for bigger antlers but then I like to trophy hunt. I had much rather see a doe hit the ground than people going around shooting small bucks just to say they did it.

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          • #6
            No. As long as your eating the meat, I don't mind people caring about the antlers, but the best thing about the anlters is they are natural, and created by God. There are already to many high fence facilites that mess with the genetics, we just need to leave it alone.

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            • #7
              Hell no! I think we should let the deer do it themselves (in the wild.)

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              • #8
                Nope. Just let them be.

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                • #9
                  Not a fan with wild animals. But it is a high profit business, so will likely continue. It definitely raises a few eyebrows when a huge racked breeding buck brings high bucks ($$$). These aren't supposed to be released into the wild but a few escape and others have been purposely released.

                  When animals are threatened or endangered or reintroduced we look at that differently. But is it? Kind of a gray matter.

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                  • #10
                    No I don't think we should be playing with mother nature. I also don't think to highly of high fence pay to hunt ranches either. How can you take any pride in shooting a caged animal?

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                    • #11
                      No, we shouldn't because we prize the white tail as a wild creature and when we breed it to meet our designs it isn't really wild anymore. It becomes like the Holstein, or the Thoroughbred, or the latest round-up ready corn. Living things that are not found anywhere in nature. When we mess with life we make it better for US but if you put it back into nature it is weaker, more susceptible to disease and less able to compete and survive.

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                      • #12
                        No, they are just fine the way they are. If we start doing that there will be asteriks in our record books too.

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                        • #13
                          Whitetail deer antlers are one of the greatest biological marvels. They are one of the fastest growing tissues on the planet, and it didn't take some guy in a white coat to get them that way.

                          so, HELL NO.

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                          • #14
                            No

                            Nate

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                            • #15
                              No, we should not mess with mother-nature. I have read that in Buffalo County, WI that outfitters in the area let a few big breeders into the wild to boost genetics. Anyone else hear that? If so that's weak. Greed. I know deer farms suffer escapes all the time, thereby spreading artificial genes into the herd. I think we need to leave'm alone, let nature take care of business.

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