My property used to be a doe factory, then came the liberalized doe limits and slaughter. We still had the same number of bucks - and instead of them staying during the fall - most of them left after breeding the few does. There is a balance and I am sure it is different everywhere. For us, a 1:1 buck:doe ratio does not work. We quit killing does. Have not killed one in four years. The population has built back up. We have more bucks because more does produce more bucks. I would guess we are at maybe a 1:1.5 ratio. With the bachelor herds in the summer, we have a 2:1 buck:doe ratio until early fall dispersal. We are selective in our buck harvest, but the neighbors not so much. But more bucks mean more of them escape harvest. Almost all our big bucks are taken during the secondary rut. Almost all are killed in food plots. My ground offers the easiest food source of anywhere around. Bachelor groups like easy living. I want my ground to be the deer's kitchen year round. I want them to make my ground the center of their range.