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#2998898 - 10/25/12 03:10 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: creativomjh]
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 Originally Posted By: creativomjh
i was really wondering, is he always going to be a unicorn? he's been on several of my cameras for months, so I'm pretty certain he's never had two. a cull deer at 3.5 or 1.5 is still a cull deer in my eyes.


I can see in the picture that he at least has a pedicle on the missing-antler side, so there is the possibility he will grow normally paired antlers in the futre. Some bucks do not develop a pedicle on one side, hence are destined to always have only one antler.
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#2998920 - 10/25/12 03:29 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: browning glock]
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#2998942 - 10/25/12 03:54 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: StalkingWolf]
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The only way to have old mature bucks is to pass the young deer. really no way to tell what this guy will do in another 3 years unless he lives.
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#2998950 - 10/25/12 03:58 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: Stumpy]
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I would not shoot this deer. Way to young. Let him grow a few more years at least to see what happens.
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#2999267 - 10/25/12 07:36 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: Dbllunger]
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Let him go.
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#2999359 - 10/25/12 08:22 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: Phil1979]
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I would only shoot him if I considered him to be a "trophy" buck (to me). Prefer to eat does, so main reason I take bucks is for antlers (although I do eat the buck venison as well).

Many people consider ANY antlered buck a "trophy", so if he's a trophy to you (and legal), have at it. Just don't complain about there being no larger antlered bucks around when you shoot them before they can grow larger antlers. Regarding that particular 1-horned buck depicted above, he's only a yearling, and he will very likely have what most hunters consider a "large" rack should he live to 4 1/2 or older. If he doesn't, he'll be a trophy to me because he's an "older" buck, even if he then just has one gigantic spike on his head. \:\) But right now, he's first and foremost a yearling buck.

IMO, CULLING is just an excuse to kill a particular buck that doesn't meet the standards of one's peers, while the hunter doing the "culling" actually considers that particular buck a trophy.

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#2999365 - 10/25/12 08:24 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: Phil1979]
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no way id shoot
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#2999603 - 10/25/12 11:16 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
No way for me, he would have 2 years, maybe even 3 before I even considered killed him


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#2999661 - 10/26/12 05:09 AM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
"Culling" does nothing but remove a deer from the population. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT "improve antler genetics" by culling.
What he says.
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#3000913 - 10/26/12 08:04 PM Re: to cull or not to cull [Re: creativomjh]
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Na let the little guy eat some.
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