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#2972410 - 10/08/12 12:08 AM Hypothetical Question
catman529
spiderboy
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Just came to mind at random.

Say you are hunting public land and a buck walks up into range. He has huge mass, spread far past the ear, tall tines, 6 points that you can count on the left side, and the right side is broken clean off. He looks old, and it's public land, and you may never see him again.

Would you shoot him then, or chance trying to find him the following year with both sides intact?
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#2972412 - 10/08/12 12:24 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: catman529]
30-06 type of guy
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Registered: 10/05/12
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I would probably shoot seeing that it is on public ground and chances are someone is gonna shoot it anyway but if it was private land it would be a tough one for me..do what you think is right
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#2972418 - 10/08/12 12:41 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: 30-06 type of guy]
TNGunhunter
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Public land: Shooter, probably wouldn't make it till next year.
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#2972419 - 10/08/12 12:44 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: TNGunhunter]
longnosedoe
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Registered: 07/31/12
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let him walk. he cannot and will never get his other antler back if he is dead. public land or not let him walk. want meat? shoot a doe.
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#2972421 - 10/08/12 03:03 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: longnosedoe]
Rockhound
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I had this exact scenario a couple years ago. Had a would have been 140+ deer walk in front of me i mean an absolute stud, but he was missing one side. I lowered my head, gritted my teeth, and closed my eyes so he could walk away. The very next weekend my neighbor pulled up with him in the back of the truck
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#2972469 - 10/08/12 06:09 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: Rockhound]
Lady's man
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Registered: 09/30/08
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Loc: knoxville, tn

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Depends on how hard that piece of public land get hunted. But if it was on any of public land i hunt i shoot. But if hardly gets hunted or is a hr walk back in some deep nasty stuff were no one else goes id probly let him walk
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#2972621 - 10/08/12 08:51 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: Lady's man]
OnceMoreIntoTheFray
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Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 152
Loc: Smith County, Tennessee

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I agree with longnosedoe, let him go and shoot a doe. You never know he might walk away from you and become a good memory and buck for a youngster.
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#2972780 - 10/08/12 10:43 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
BigD_625
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Registered: 09/30/09
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Loc: Maury County, TN

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Shoot him and let the taxidermist fix the other side with sheds. May not be the true side, but still makes a good story.
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#2972784 - 10/08/12 10:48 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: BigD_625]
Mike Belt
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Registered: 03/26/99
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I've had this happen on private land several times. Either a great buck was missing a beam or several points off his beams. I always let them walk.
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#2972787 - 10/08/12 10:49 AM Re: Hypothetical Question [Re: 30-06 type of guy]
MUP
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Shoot. If he's as old as you're insinuating, then he's a trophy anyway. ;\) And...ON PUBLIC LAND?! Heck yea, shoot him.
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