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#3304637 - 07/28/13 12:18 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: CAW]
redblood
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 Originally Posted By: CAW
My guess is that majority of "cull bucks" are killed simply because somebody wanted an excuse to pull the trigger.




absolutely. i think the problem stems from the fact that most hunters really dont hunt anything else, so they wait all year to pull the trigger. after fall squirrel, coyote calling and dove season- i have carpal tunnel syndrome.
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#3304640 - 07/28/13 12:23 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: redblood]
bowriter
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My prime target. 2.5-years old, has already contributed a male and female fawn and is in excellent shape. She walks by me, I'll trip the latch every time. She would be an especially prime target during the rut. Can't find a better decoy or lure than a dead doe laying right in front of your stand.

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#3304656 - 07/28/13 12:42 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: ImThere]
EastTNHunter
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Registered: 03/08/10
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Any deer that walks under my stand might get an arrow. It may get a pass on monday and an arrow on tuesday.

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#3305184 - 07/28/13 10:22 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: cecil30-30]
serriaman07
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Lol if it early in the seasoning if its brown its down late on during the rut I let a spike and 4 points walk 2 years ago I could have killed a monster buck during the rut but I messed up when a hot doe came running in then a 4 point I shot the 4 point and right behind him was a monster 8 point so I learned a good lesson during the rut sometimes it best to let the small ones to walk
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#3305200 - 07/28/13 11:05 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: easy45]
W.Seay
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Registered: 01/17/06
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Loc: Collierville,TN.

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 Originally Posted By: easy45
I shoot any buck that is 4.5 or older, I could care less what his antlers look like


Yep
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#3305229 - 07/29/13 12:35 AM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: W.Seay]
hunter0925
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Registered: 01/21/13
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I try to make it 8 or better, shoot does for meat and enjoy my season. I don't enjoy taking small bucks (my big bucks would be small to a lot of you!) so I don't shoot them. If I need meat I will shoot a doe. I have my own rules for what I will shoot dependent on what weapon I am using. Bow is different from rifle and while I am using my 44 bh it will be different from holding a rifle.
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#3305259 - 07/29/13 11:44 AM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: CAW]
mathews338
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Registered: 11/05/09
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 Originally Posted By: CAW
My guess is that majority of "cull bucks" are killed simply because somebody wanted an excuse to pull the trigger.
I agree and if that is what they want then fine.

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#3305283 - 07/29/13 12:01 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: easy45]
BSK
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
I shoot any buck that is 4.5 or older, I could care less what his antlers look like


I'm shooting any buck that's 3 1/2, regardless of antlers, and probably shooting a "good" 2 1/2.
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#3305396 - 07/29/13 01:29 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: BSK]
Hunter 257W
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I've been shooting a buck every other year mostly for about 11 years now so I'm doing my part to increase average buck age in my area. It's not something I plan to do, it just works out that way. In the years where I shoot a doe early in the season, I have meat for my chili for the year so I'm a lot less blood thirsty for the rest of the season. Then some years I hardly see any bucks. I can't imagine experiencing what some of you do in getting many chances at bucks and passing dozens of smaller bucks. My very best year I had an opportunity to shoot only 5 or 6 bucks. I passed them all and shot 2 does. \:\) All the bucks were smallish 6 points or less.
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#3305425 - 07/29/13 01:49 PM Re: Do you shoot "cull bucks"? [Re: BSK]
Hunter 257W
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Registered: 10/04/12
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Loc: Franklin County

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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: easy45
I shoot any buck that is 4.5 or older, I could care less what his antlers look like


I'm shooting any buck that's 3 1/2, regardless of antlers, and probably shooting a "good" 2 1/2.


Me too, BSK. About the only way I'll ever kill a 4 1/2 yr old is to hit it with my truck and I don't want to tear up my truck!

But seriously, I don't see a problem with focusing on shooting bucks with antlers that are too upright or have no brow tines. I'm not talking about where only one antler is malformed which is likely due to an injury, I'm talking about those bucks with a fair amount of "bone" on their head but the main beams grow up more like an antelope so that they have no spread. They just don't look as attractive to me. I hear what the article is saying about bucks dispersing from their birth place and then roaming again so that you are constantly getting an influx of new genes, but just because you can never totally control the gene pool doesn't mean you aren't having some effect. The degree of change you could realize would vary depending on how heavily you hunted and how large your land was.

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