As far as what you believe as being "crap" for doe to buck ratios, I can only present you with the information that is available and the same data used nationwide for deer management.
This article might help to better understand how deer ratios are calculated and how in theory it is biologically impossible to achieve a doe to buck ratio greater than 5 to 1.
Here's the article link. http://www.whitetailstewards.com/articlesonsite/deerpopulationmanage/understandingdeersexratios.htm
Sex ratio determination:
The sex ratio is a number describing the number of adult females for each adult male in a population. The number includes deer 1.5 years and older (all deer except fawns) and describes the population immediately before the hunting season . When comparing ratios, make sure you are referring to pre-hunt adult sex ratios. These are the ratios biologists most often refer to, and they should not be confused with observed or post-hunt ratios as the latter are nearly always heavily skewed towards females.
How it works:
I often hear hunters, outdoor writers, and even biologists refer to 10:1 or 15:1 doe:buck ratios. These cannot be pre-hunt adult ratios because as long as the deer herd is reproducing, the ratio cannot become more skewed than 5 does per buck. The biological maximum is about 5:1 because even if no does are harvested, 15-20% of the adult females in the population will die each year from old age, vehicles, disease, predators, etc. Also, about 50% of fawns born each year are male (it's actually slightly more than 50%), thus the sex ratio gets an annual correction when fawns are recruited.
A well managed deer herd is more than a good sex ratio. It must also include a good balance of young and mature deer including males. The data Lee sent me that I put up in the previous post -
WMD 1 = 40
WMD 2 = 41
WMD 3 = 55
WMD 4 = 34
WMD 5 = 30
WMD 6 = 41
Indicates the percentage of yearling (1.5 year olds) but taken. That means the remaining percentage was divided up through other age groups.
This is last year's statewide breakdown of percentages of deer taken by age group.
.42 .24 .14 .20
42% were 1.5 year old bucks, 24% were 2.5 year old bucks, 14% were 3.5 year old bucks and 20% were 4.5 year old bucks and older.
It is my understanding that sex ratios and age management mirrors each other quite closely from WMD to WMD across the state. What I don't have yet is population densities by WMD.
There is the politics which is greatly influenced by money that often times drives some management decisions when it comes to managing species like the deer. It has been proven that the any-deer permit system has worked quite effectively as a major tool in deer management.
What throws that permit system in a tail spin is when not enough hunters choose to hunt a specific area and not enough deer are being taken. Overhunting doesn't seem to be a problem as biologists will simply reduce the number of permits in that area.
If MDIFW believed there was a poor management of deer in Aroostook County or any other country for that matter, they would have implemented some changes. What I have heard coming from MDIFW is that they would like to see the overall population of deer in the north be increased. They really hate to do that by restricting hunting because of the snowball effect on that area's economy.
It may be somewhat self-regulating as deer populations drop off, so will hunting pressure. Mild winters will help as much as anything.
The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine has put together some recommendations on changes they would like the MDIFW to consider in the utilization of hunting for deer management.
Here's a link to where you can find SAM's recommendations.
Nothing that SAM suggests deals with too few deer other than talking about predation. (Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting that SAM is the know all do all entity in this. I think their suggestions are as much economically driven as scientific.) All SAM's suggestions are in dealing with areas in the south where there are too many deer.
If deer populations in the south and central areas continue to blossom, obviously changes will have to take place. I hope the changes they make take into consideration that if hunters are forced to only be able to tag one deer, more times than not they will take a buck or none at all. To have an effective population reduction, doe population has to be reduced too.
Sorry, I'm getting long winded.