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#3388225 - 10/04/13 09:16 PM Shoot him?
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Registered: 10/30/04
Posts: 2471
Loc: West, TN.

Got an old buck on cam. I would say at least 5 1/2 year old. He is a pig, body is as wide as long. Only trouble he will only score around 100". I have four on cam 115" to 130". I would be tickled to kill any of them. Not so tickled to kill the 100" pig. Kinda feel like he's made it this far and wanna give the old man a pass (if I ever lay eyes on him). Am I thinking wrong? The rack is what excites me, not the age. What would you do?
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#3388230 - 10/04/13 09:17 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: KANATI McD]
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Registered: 09/29/08
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Do what makes you happy.
#3388233 - 10/04/13 09:18 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
in the dog house!
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Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 10240
Loc: west tn

IMO I would take him out before the rut and get him outa the gene pool.
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#3388238 - 10/04/13 09:20 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: in the dog house!]

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Personally for me his age would make me want to take him, I don't care what he would score
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#3388240 - 10/04/13 09:20 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 784
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Well, you have three you can take. The rut may take him somewhere else, so I'd do what you think is best for your land. If you think he'll be back, he may grow a little with some good plots or feed, but he may not. It could be a genetic thing that makes his rack lag, so you may be doing your future self a favor by taking him.
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#3388261 - 10/04/13 09:31 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: jlmustain]
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17518
Loc: Franklin TN

I'd rather kill the older one, he is that much smarter than the rest and you may not get another chance. But kill what makes you happy

#3388290 - 10/04/13 09:59 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: catman529]
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Registered: 09/18/11
Posts: 1115
Loc: West TN

I would much rather kill a 100" 5 year old deer than a 120" 3 year old, so thats what I would do, no question about it. But everyone hunts for their own reasons, and should kill what they will be happy with.
#3388293 - 10/04/13 10:00 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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Registered: 09/18/11
Posts: 1115
Loc: West TN

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#3388311 - 10/04/13 10:07 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
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Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15317
Loc: Lewisburg

 Originally Posted By: @fulldraw
Do what makes you happy.

absolutely. some would make you think it is your civil duty to remove him. but really who cares, do what makes you happy at the end of the day
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#3388314 - 10/04/13 10:09 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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Have to agree that I would rather kill him than the bigger ones. Matching wits with a mature buck and beating him at his game would be more satisfying to me. Of course that's easy to say and another thing to hold off the trigger when one of those others steps out. If they're 3 1/2 I'd probably shoot one of them too especially if they're 130". Good luck whatever you decide.
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