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#3169552 - 02/19/13 09:29 AM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: Poser]
Bayou Buck
10 Point

Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 2725
Loc: Spring Hill / Perry Co

 Originally Posted By: Poser
I don't understand why there has to be this such a line in the sand between trophy hunting and meat hunting. I think you can do both.

I agree. I try to fill my freezer with mature bucks and does.

#3169609 - 02/19/13 10:52 AM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: ImThere]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 46480
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

Don't consider myself just a meat hunter, but I've never been shed hunting. I did find a shed once, by accident.

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#3169617 - 02/19/13 11:01 AM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: MUP]
Mike Belt
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

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

I've found more sheds not hunting for them than I have when I did hunt for them. I'd rather find a shed than a skull. My best (but not biggest) "shed" find actualy came after hearing 2 bucks going at it just over a ridgetop from my stand. Afterwards I got down and walked over to where they had been fighting and found a freshly broken off side with 4 points on it.

#3169707 - 02/19/13 01:02 PM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: Bayou Buck]
Hollar Hunter
8 Point

Registered: 11/05/10
Posts: 2296
Loc: TN

 Originally Posted By: Bayou Buck
 Originally Posted By: Poser
I don't understand why there has to be this such a line in the sand between trophy hunting and meat hunting. I think you can do both.

I agree. I try to fill my freezer with mature bucks and does.

X10.......Just because I don't shoot immature bucks doesn't make me only a horn hunter . I also kill plenty of does to fill my freezer and others every year. I think I've donated to the hunters for the hungry for 5 seasons straight now as well...

Spend your time where you get the most return on it...

#3169954 - 02/19/13 05:49 PM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

Hunting mature bucks is, I believe, a legitimate pursuit, test of skill, etc. Hunting for meat is of course entirely legitimate and the ultimate goal of hunting. Pure Trophyism, unto itself, is a entirely frivolous pursuit.
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

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#3169976 - 02/19/13 06:04 PM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: Poser]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

I am obsessed with deer hunting and I'm obsessed with shed hunting. I love antlers, on or off a deer. I would rather pass young bucks and shoot older ones, an would love to kill a monster racked buck, but I don't at all regret killing a buck with one antler broke off and 3 pt on the other antler because I knew he was older. A 120 inch 5 year old next to a 130 inch 3 year old both broadside and my gun or bow is ready to shoot.... The 5 year old will die, but if the 3 year old is a 160 inch deer then he would die instead. So basically I care more about age of a buck than rack unless the rack is extra special....

I'll kill just about any deer though, other than passing some young bucks for an older one. I have been fortunate (lucky) enough to kill a deer from every age class from 0.5 up to 5.5 years old and got plenty of meat and had to borrow extra freezer space.

Nothing gets me as pumped about antlers though as shed hunting. I started shed hunting before deer hunting and my first 2 sheds were a fresh matching set. And I'm still hooked and will probably shed hunt some more tomorrow!

#3174161 - 02/23/13 07:23 PM Re: How many meat hunters? [Re: mike243]
10 Point

Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 4404
Loc: Knoxville TN

Dont shed hunt, never have. cant eat them, I like being suprised each year. Heck I dont even set out trail cameras. they are collecting dust lol.
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