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#3097936 - 12/27/12 05:44 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Winchester]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

 Originally Posted By: Winchester
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.

Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3097937 - 12/27/12 05:45 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
Mike Belt
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

Registered: 03/26/99
Posts: 18623
Loc: Lakeland, Tn.

I've passed on alot of Tn bucks that most hunters would have dropped in a heartbeat. When I finally have popped a cap the last 2 bucks I've killed are much smaller than many of those I've passed on. Still passing on bucks and still looking for "my" bucks but I'm sporatically relaxing on standards.

#3097984 - 12/27/12 06:11 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
in the dog house!
16 Point

Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 10301
Loc: west tn

I get the bucks i have on the list ( or a nice stranger ) and then its after the old does...... that way they wont run off the buttons when they get old enough, keeps more of your bucks in your area. jmo
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#3097999 - 12/27/12 06:24 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: easy45]
6 Point

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Savannah, TN

Anything 3.5 or older goes down for me regardless of antler size.
#3098016 - 12/27/12 06:33 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: primos32]
8 Point

Registered: 02/22/10
Posts: 1669
Loc: collierville,tn

my standards are I shoot what I want to shoot. but this season I have passed on more marginal bucks then I ever have.right now I need 1 or 2 more deer so if one odf these marginal walks by most likely will get an arrow
"Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians"-Ted Nugent

#3098146 - 12/27/12 07:38 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: deaddownwind]
Boone 58
16 Point

Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 15185
Loc: Food Plot

 Originally Posted By: deaddownwind
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.

Not on 120+ deer..................not yet. \:D
The problem in America is not that ungodly people have said yes to ungodly things, but rather that Godly people have refused to say "no" to ungodly things.

#3098368 - 12/27/12 09:23 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Boone 58]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

I usually only want 1 or at most 2 deer period. Once I shoot anything, I get very selective because I don't want to shoot more than I eat and eating 2 is about all I can manage in a year! Passing deer with B&C scores of 120 or 130??? Can't even imagine actually seeing one of those. \:\) To me a 2.5yr old with any rack size is a big buck. I've shot my share of yearling bucks and don't really intend to ever do it again unless I by some miracle get one in range with my 45 Colt single action - then I'll try him. (Not too likely to be sucessfull with that though. LOL) For me, once I pull the trigger on one 2.5yr old buck, there is very little chance of shooting another buck that year. IT would have to be something significantly bigger than what I've already shot. I've only shot 2 bucks in a season once and that was 1992 when I started deer hunting again after an 11 year break. I can't see myself ever shooting 3 bucks in a year. Besides, I like hunting when I KNOW that I'm not going to shoot. It takes all the pressure off and lets me enjoy it more.
#3098454 - 12/27/12 10:34 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: Hunter 257W]
4 Point

Registered: 12/25/12
Posts: 257
Loc: West Tn.

On our lease you can shoot what you want to mount. Not everybody has the same standards. If the biggest deer you ever killed is a 115" you may want to mount a 125-130". On the other side somebody else may have a 140" on the wall, so they may be looking for one 145"+. So basically our rule is if its worth the price for you to mount we are proud for you. It pays off in the long run for getting mature deer. I look at it that if I'm gonna just cut his horns off and throw them in the shed, wait another year and put them on the wall. I may go a couple years without killing a Buck but that doesn't bother me
#3098468 - 12/27/12 10:42 PM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: KillenTime]
6 Point

Registered: 02/20/11
Posts: 532
Loc: Roane Co, TN

Depends on how season has been. If I have enough in the freezer I let the young bucks walk. However, if I need another one in the freezer a young buck will fit the bill.
#3098550 - 12/28/12 04:53 AM Re: Buck Standards. [Re: easy45]
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 497
Loc: humphreys county

i dont look at quote standards i do pass smaller deer but i pay no attention to age if i like him ill make an attempt. i have noticed as i get older i wont kill anything without horns in the evenings especially with the rollercoaster weather. if im gonna stay up late dressing one out its getting mounted which is my general guide line on bucks i dont shoot it if im not gonna mount it.
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