How many would pass on this 8 pt?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Nehunter, Nov 17, 2020.

Would you pass if a bigger one is around?

Poll closed Nov 24, 2020.
  1. Yes, he needs another Year anyways

    25 vote(s)
  2. Nope, he's in the bed of my truck!

    37 vote(s)
  1. Capttrae

    Capttrae 12 pointer

    Apr 2, 2012
    He’d have been shot
  2. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    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.
  3. howbouthemdawgs

    howbouthemdawgs Fawn

    Nov 27, 2018
    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.
  4. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    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?
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  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    Wouldn't mount him so wouldn't shoot him.
  6. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

    May 28, 2003
    In the basement
    I'd pass,
    I passed on one Saturday morning that was about that size.
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  7. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

    Aug 20, 2007
    East ky
    Fair enough
  8. howbouthemdawgs

    howbouthemdawgs Fawn

    Nov 27, 2018
    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.
  9. mossyman

    mossyman Fawn

    Nov 6, 2008
    So what did big brother look like?
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  10. AndySchulte

    AndySchulte Spike

    Jun 18, 2020
    Louisville, Kentucky
    0% chance I’d pass. 100% chance I’d be shaking like a leaf.
  11. Buckkillr

    Buckkillr 6 pointer

    Dec 15, 2019
    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!
  12. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    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.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2020
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  13. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
  14. BowHunter20

    BowHunter20 6 pointer

    Oct 15, 2014
    I personally would pass, can't kill a 160 if you shoot all the 130's, just my 2 cents.
  15. EasyE

    EasyE Fawn

    Nov 5, 2020
    Breckinridge Co
    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.
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