KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas hunter has taken down an antlered doe in Kingman County.
The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1jJUfEc ) reports Jerika Francis thought she shot a 10-point buck on Saturday afternoon on land owned by her husband’s family. She said that her husband, Russell Francis, realized the animal was a doe with antlers as he prepared to clean it.
The Francis’ say they were hunting near a wheat field when they say several bucks and does grazing. They decided Jerika would shoot one that was a “management” buck, meaning its antlers were not exceptionally large or symmetrical. Their objective was to take such a buck out of the herd before it could pass along such genetics. Russell Francis says he recognized the deer.
“I know I’d seen that deer last year and (the antlers) hadn’t really grown at all,” said Russell Francis. “Now I know why. Everything I’ve read and heard says (antlered does) don’t shed their horns every year like a regular buck.”
Grant Woods, a Missouri-based biologist who researches whitetail deer, said antlered does are females with unusually high levels of testosterone. Woods says that if a doe has enough testosterone, she will rub all of the velvet from the antlers, like a buck, when they harden in the late summer.
Woods said that all does have testosterone, but some have enough to grow male-like antlers.
Keith Sexson with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism last year estimated he’d heard of fewer than 15 antlered does in the 50 years the state has had deer seasons.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com
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