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#3097548 - 12/27/12 12:17 PM Buck Standards.
deaddownwind
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As the hunting season nears its end for 2012, I have been noticing myself letting deer go than I had initially planned on killing. I guess my reasoning for that is that they have made it this far into the season so why shoot them the last 10 days unless they are just incredible deer. I have found myself passing several upper 120s and lower 130s during the last week of deer season the past several years. I think I just have a fetish for running trail cameras and hoping to see what a deer will look like next year. I believe I am turning into a deer watcher instead of a deer hunter. Does anyone else feel this way? So, as the year progresses do you tend to let a better deer go or do you shoot a smaller buck because you only have a few more days left to hunt.
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#3097571 - 12/27/12 12:40 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: deaddownwind]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: deaddownwind
Does anyone else feel this way?


Nope, don't know what it is like to pass on several upper 120s and lower 130s. You are very fortunate. I'm THRILLED if I even see a couple on trail cams that hit those numbers...let alone while hunting. Just curious where (county?) are you hunting in TN that you see several 120 and 130 class deer?
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#3097579 - 12/27/12 12:45 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: BlountArrow]
SES
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This close to the end of season, if it's legal, I'm taking it home with me.
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#3097582 - 12/27/12 12:46 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: BlountArrow]
Main Beam
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Me to
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#3097608 - 12/27/12 01:04 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Main Beam]
deaddownwind
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I hunt in Southern Middle TN. We have several thousand acres spread out over 6 or 7 land owners that do a very nice job of managing. It has taken a long time to get everyone pullng in the same direction but man it is getting fun the past 5 years. One place has been nice for 6 or 7 years now and the other is getting better and better even though there are not as many ppl pulling the same direction there. Between me and another guy, we have killed 6 deer over 138 in three years and only two were over an 8 point

Edited by deaddownwind (12/27/12 01:44 PM)

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#3097616 - 12/27/12 01:16 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: deaddownwind]
BlountArrow
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Amazing. I used to have a small tree nursery to hunt in Franklin county but never did any good. It was one of those places where the owner was concerned about eradication for obvious reasons and nothing else.
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#3097632 - 12/27/12 01:28 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: BlountArrow]
Bone Collector
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
 Originally Posted By: deaddownwind
Does anyone else feel this way?


Nope, don't know what it is like to pass on several upper 120s and lower 130s. You are very fortunate. I'm THRILLED if I even see a couple on trail cams that hit those numbers...let alone while hunting. Just curious where (county?) are you hunting in TN that you see several 120 and 130 class deer?


I was thinking the exact same thing... \:D
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#3097653 - 12/27/12 01:48 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Bone Collector]
Winchester
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My standards dont change much, most times if he's not big enough on day one he's not big enough on the last day. I do sometimes simply kill one just because I want too however.
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#3097660 - 12/27/12 01:51 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Winchester]
knightrider
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if he has backstraps and loins he is in trouble
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#3097668 - 12/27/12 01:53 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: knightrider]
easy45
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Nope, my standards remain the same, big 3.5, any 4.5 plus
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