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Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Nehunter, Nov 17, 2020.
He’d have been shot
I know everybody’s goals, standards, priorities are dif. I’d like to hear some input from the folks that wouldn’t have shot him.
personally, we have a 140” minimum on our place. That deer isn’t 140 so it’s an easy pass. Luckily most of my neighbors would pass on him too.
I can’t see how anybody can a certain score on the hoof. Ok. So if u see what u think is a 135” 8 pt it’s a no shot circumstance? What about a 130” 6 pt?
Wouldn't mount him so wouldn't shoot him.
I passed on one Saturday morning that was about that size.
It’s a legitimate question, and how I answer that is if I have any doubt i let it go. If I have to talk myself into shooting the deer it probably wasn’t big enough for my standards anyway. Now that is just how I personally handle the situation. That is a fine deer for sure.
So what did big brother look like?
0% chance I’d pass. 100% chance I’d be shaking like a leaf.
I passed one like that the first day of season for 2 reasons. 1) it was the first day, then what would I do 2) there were 2 others bigger.
All in all though you and I both should have shot, damn fine deer!
Im complicated and cant begin to answer your poll... on my property, I’d pass on that deer if I thought he might make gains in the next year or two, for sure. Id also pass early in the season or if i had some bigger bucks around. I would shoot an older version of that buck that was maxed out (or even a lesser buck) all day if there wasn't something bigger around and later in the season. Id even shoot a younger wreck rack later in the season. No brows, spike or turkey foot on one side but normal on the other, etc. Ive shot several bucks in december that i passed in September. On a year im sick or cant get much time in the woods i may shoot a 2.5 year old basket rack that i should pass on especially if the freezer has room. Also... On public id shoot that deer for sure.
There are also years when all that goes out the window and i shoot it (or dont) cause in the moment i want to (or dont) lol.
I dont bitch about what i shoot, ever. No regrets. Ive seen bigger deer after i tagged out but nothing to cry about. Of course even that can change if i end up watching a 200 inch buck at 20 yards in dec or jan, after shooting a small one in late Nov lol. Just hasnt happened to me yet.
I personally would pass, can't kill a 160 if you shoot all the 130's, just my 2 cents.
I would pass. I want bucks to reach their max potential. If i need meat i will shoot a doe. To each his own no right or wrong,but i agree with BowHunter20.