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#3029926 - 11/12/12 04:23 PM Am I too picky?
HOOK
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I have had VERY little time in the woods this year. I passed on these 2 this weekend along with a bunch of does and more immature bucks..... Sometimes holding out is really hard.

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#3029932 - 11/12/12 04:26 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: HOOK]
yamaha200
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Who can tell ya if your to picky, noone can. The eye is in the beholder. Don't matter what everyone else thinks, everyone is different. If you want to shoot, shoot, if not then don't. It's your decision ! It's that simple.
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#3029935 - 11/12/12 04:28 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: HOOK]
Coach
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Limited time to hunt I think I would have taken it. I can tell you I have also passed on bucks like that but...in your case take a doe for meat and bust that buck to fill your freezer
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#3029938 - 11/12/12 04:30 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: yamaha200]
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Looks like the same deer to me.
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#3029940 - 11/12/12 04:31 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Coach]
Crosshairy
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If you shot the deer, would you have been happy about it or wished you hadn't?

That's the real test. It's hard to change your mentality about something enough to affect your level of happiness.

If I hunted in areas where I often saw deer of that size, it would be easier to pass on them. Right now, I have a couple of places where I would shoot deer like that in a heartbeat, because they are as good as anything I've ever seen on those places and my standards aren't that high.

Different strokes for different folks \:\)
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#3030015 - 11/12/12 05:28 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Crosshairy]
BigD_625
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#3030032 - 11/12/12 05:36 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Master Chief]
stryker
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
Looks like the same deer to me.

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#3030073 - 11/12/12 05:53 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Master Chief]
geezer
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
Looks like the same deer to me.

Thats what I was thinking too.

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#3030083 - 11/12/12 05:58 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: geezer]
monsterbuck07
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 Originally Posted By: geezer
 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
Looks like the same deer to me.

Thats what I was thinking too.


Me also
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#3030112 - 11/12/12 06:11 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: monsterbuck07]
OnceMoreIntoTheFray
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Registered: 09/18/12
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same here, thought he was the same buck.
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#3030127 - 11/12/12 06:21 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
JGreg
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If the deer is a trophy to you shoot. I never judge someone by what they kill or not. I am a meat hunter till the freezer is full.
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#3030128 - 11/12/12 06:21 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
LayingTheSmackDown
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ya it does look like the same deer
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#3030155 - 11/12/12 06:42 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: LayingTheSmackDown]
muddyboots
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Naw man. I passed a 100 to 110 8 point last week and my wife was with me and she said shoot it but i know theres bigger around and it just didnt excite me.
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#3030265 - 11/12/12 07:53 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: muddyboots]
LayingTheSmackDown
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honestly it all depends on the location,and the hunter...on our private farm it has to have monster 6point or at least 8points to even think of shooting(cause we know there are monsters around...yet i've got a spot on public land(alot of pressure where i hunt) im happy just to kill a deer for some meat!
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#3030276 - 11/12/12 08:02 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: LayingTheSmackDown]
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That's the same deer. Good thing you didn't shoot it. Next year he will be something you will be very proud of.
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#3030287 - 11/12/12 08:11 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
hunter drew
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I would have passed on them to. I haven't killed a buck in tn since 2009
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#3030298 - 11/12/12 08:17 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: hunter drew]
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I have a small 2 year old 7pt. that beds in a VERY small patch of trees next to my house(literally 20ft. away), and every evening around 1530hrs. he takes a walk through my front yard to get to the big woods.

He'll be a good lookin deer next year if he makes it. I've stopped myself from shooting him probably 30 times this season alone. I figure the karma will come back around in a positive way sooner or later.

Eye of the beholder, as already stated. Nothing wrong with that!

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#3030391 - 11/12/12 09:25 PM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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nice buck,i would let it walk
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#3030521 - 11/13/12 03:28 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
Mike Belt
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I can't begin to tell you how many bucks like those I've passed on and gone buckless for the year. If your area has better bucks than those you passed and taking those type bucks is what makes you happy then you did good. You just have to weigh realistic expectations against what's actually available. Even at that a "releif valve" buck every now and then doesn't hurt.
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#3030587 - 11/13/12 05:53 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Mike Belt]
HOOK
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Nope...2 different deer. I have multiple pictures of them and the one on top is missing the right G tine. I've had them out in front of me at the same time.
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#3030588 - 11/13/12 05:53 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Mike Belt]
HOOK
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Nope...2 different deer. I have multiple pictures of them and the one on top is missing the left brow tine. I've had them out in front of me at the same time.
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#3030787 - 11/13/12 07:42 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Crosshairy]
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
If you shot the deer, would you have been happy about it or wished you hadn't?


HOOK,

I think the above is an important question. But once answered, an even more important question is "Why do you feel that way?". And what I'm getting at is why would you be happy or wished you hadn't shot that buck, especially why would you wish you hadn't shot a particular buck? Is it because you would worry what your fellow hunters would think or say? Is it because it would be below your usual personal standards?

I bring this up because of personal experience. Due to a strange set of circumstances, older bucks completely abandoned my property this year. All we have using the property is a snot-load of yearlings and a handful of 2 1/2 year olds. Considering my personal standard is usually any buck 3 1/2 or older, I went into this season being very depressed. There was literally almost no bucks on the property "worthy" of hunting. Yet a couple of days into MZ season I had the opportunity to take one of the best 2 1/2 year-olds on the property and I made snap decision to shoot him. A week later, one of my brothers-in-law who also holds to the same standards as myself, did the same thing. And I have to admit, this is actually turning out to be one of the funnest hunting seasons we've had in a long time. We don't have old, big bucks to hunt, but we are targeting the best bucks the property has this year, we are being successful at that, and we are having a blast! Yes, the bucks we are killing are below our normal standards, but honestly, the fun is back in hunting like it hasn't been in years. I think we often put too much pressure on ourselves to kill bucks that "measure up" to ourselves, and especially our peers.
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#3030996 - 11/13/12 09:24 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: BSK]
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No, your not too picky, your just to lazy to gut and drag.

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#3031065 - 11/13/12 10:09 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: Tennessee Todd]
woodsman87
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I don't get to hunt much either. But my rule is if he gets you nervous about shooting him when you see him I shoot. If I see him and not immediatly exiced about his size I don't shoot.
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#3033903 - 11/15/12 06:19 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: woodsman87]
HOOK
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LOL @ Todd... BSK...you're on the money. That's EXACTLY what's going on at my place. It never is an aspect of what other folks think. Although my area does not typically produce huge trophys I know and am quite happy with what is available to take there weather or not my self imposed limits help or not. I've had these restrictions for the last 9 years and it still has not produced anything bigger that what I consider a shooter and I typically only take 1 buck a season (by choice). I just think my expectations are too high largely because I have limited time in the field.....and seeing as you so elliquently put it... "a snot load of yearlings and 2.5 year olds" is wearing thin on me. We'll just see what the world has to offer in the next few weeks and keep on keepin on.
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#3034383 - 11/15/12 10:25 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: HOOK]
Lawrence
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Its all about having fun for me now
In the past I hunted so hard that it made it more like
work. Now I have slowed way down and It's fun again. I used to only hunt horns and would pass on alot of deer because I was looking for that one to hang on the wall. I killed my first doe in about 12 years on opening day of mloader. I cant tell you how much better eating she is than the bucks I have killed in the past. I have killed two birds with one stone first I am back to having fun and not taking it so seriously and second the meat taste so good
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#3034436 - 11/15/12 10:49 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
Baxter83
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You're being too picky if it's taking away any enjoyment from your hunt...
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#3034452 - 11/15/12 10:57 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
Right_Tackle74
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Loc: Loudon, TN, USA

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Shoot him.
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#3034460 - 11/15/12 11:00 AM Re: Am I too picky? [Re: OnceMoreIntoTheFray]
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whatever makes you happy
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