Giant 8 pointers

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by kyepic16, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. EarlyBird1

    EarlyBird1 8 pointer

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    Terrible picture but you get the idea. I think I only caught 19 of them in the picture.

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  2. bondhu

    bondhu 12 pointer

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    I use to work for RJ Corman and we done a lot of work over in Logan County in the 90's. I use to be amazed at the deer that that part of the state had compared Mason,Lewis and Fleming
     
  3. Mainbeam

    Mainbeam 12 pointer

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    what county are you in?
     
  4. Tman6493

    Tman6493 8 pointer

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    Not a bachelor group more like a bachelor party
     
  5. EarlyBird1

    EarlyBird1 8 pointer

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    Well it's not where I live or do most of my hunting but that picture is from a farm in Trigg County.
     
  6. Mainbeam

    Mainbeam 12 pointer

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    Im in adair and i can remember when the fields looked like thst here. it seems we are having a hard time bouncing back from the ehd in 07 and also we had a extra week of gun season for a couple yrs that really put the smack on a bunch of deer.
     
  7. Zforzachariah

    Zforzachariah Spike

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    Is there a feed the hungry program anywhere nearby? Or maybe a deer cooler that helps the less fortunate (although sometimes just lazy non working) that you could donate the meat to? I wouldn't mind helping thin out any does with the old stick and string either :cool:
     
  8. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

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    I had this one around for several years now. I think he's 5 or 6 now. I guess him at 145 or so. I've never seen him other than in cameras though. I may try him if he does slip up this year[​IMG] .
     
  9. RDL

    RDL Fawn

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    Hope you get him. He's a stud. That deer will easily be in the upper 150's.
     
  10. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

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    I agree that field judging age is a guessing game at best in a lot of instances, and lots of folks aren't very good at it. I pretty much adhere to Early Bird's practice of trying to pass bucks I think are young.

    In aging deer on the hoof, Sometimes you're right, and sometimes you're not. You definitely get better with practice over time. Like Early Bird, I actively try to manage the buck harvest (except for kids) on our farm to bucks that I think are 4 or older. If I get a buck picture of a deer I think is young and has potential, I'll circulate the picture and tell the hunters not to shoot them. I'm not managing our farm under a "It's your tag, shoot what makes you happy" philosophy.

    Cameras help because you can picture the same bucks from one year to the next. My first recurve buck was a 6 (maybe 7) year old 8 pointer. I had him on film for 4 straight years. If I recall, he scored something like 139". He was just as big as a 3 year old as he was as a 6 year old both in the body as the rack, and if i hadn't had him on film for 4 years, I probably would have guessed him at 3 when I shot him. I mention this, because deer come in lots of shapes and sizes. A Huge bodied buck might be young but just have plus-size genes kind of like Shaquille O'Neal when he played at LSU.

    But I've witnessed enough tremendous jumps in size from year one to year 2 from "young" bucks that I put on our "no kill" list to make me believe I'm getting at least some of my guesses right. Last year, I "no kill" listed a 9 pointer that likely would have scored in the low to mid-140's, because I thought he was 3 last year (or maybe even 2). I never saw him while hunting, but 1-2 guys passed on him that had the opportunity to shoot him. I'm still not 100% convinced he's 4 this year, but he's big enough that there's no way I could pass him even if he is 3. I'll just have to live with being a hypocrite.

    Oops. To answer the original question, I'd rather shoot a 150" 8 pointer over a 160" 12 pointer. And I've shot both.
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  11. LoneArrow

    LoneArrow 6 pointer

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    I haven't had the chance to shoot anything 150+. I'll take either for now.
     

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