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#3388612 - 10/05/13 09:05 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: BSK]
Mike Belt
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As advised, shoot whatever makes you happy. I've passed on a lot of older deer that wouldn't score too high because they didn't. I've shot some younger deer that scored higher and would have probably been even larger if I had passed. My own personal standards have me looking for the older deer that score higher which is the best of both worlds and not near as easy as one or the other...but that's just me. It's enough for me as a coup to have been able to kill an older buck that didn't satisfy me antler wise rather than actually killing him. Be forewarned...you don't kill a lot of bucks this way.
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#3388617 - 10/05/13 09:10 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: BSK]
KANATI McD
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Thanks, he's gonna get a pass. Just doesn't do it for me. BSK, I was thinking he was older and on his way down. Is it possible he could explode or produce a better rack with more time?
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#3388625 - 10/05/13 09:14 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: KANATI McD]
BSK
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 Originally Posted By: KANATI McD
Thanks, he's gonna get a pass. Just doesn't do it for me. BSK, I was thinking he was older and on his way down. Is it possible he could explode or produce a better rack with more time?


If he is only 3 1/2, absolutely. And by the way, in many parts of TN, 3 1/2 year-old bucks only average around 100 gross. In fact, in the eastern mountains, they average quite a bit less than that. However, in that picture, I don't see anything close to a 100 gross inches of antler. Maybe in the 80s.

But also remember, I'm not saying he is 3 1/2. That is just the age assessment I would give from that single picture. Often, a single picture can produce an unusual view of a buck that makes him look older or younger than he really is. If you get more pictures of him, please post them.
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#3388639 - 10/05/13 09:28 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: BSK]
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Since the opening day doe, all I have seen are bucks and I have shot none of them. That suits me. I see no reason to shoot a deer just because it is a buck. On the other hand, on any given day, any one of the ones I have passed may walk by me and get shot.

That is me.

You do what suits you. It isn't competition.

But here is my assessment based on that picture. I doubt the deer is 5.5 and he is not close to 100 inches. What difference does any of that make? If you want to shoot him, shoot. Nobody cares one way or the other. It is your hunt.
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#3388645 - 10/05/13 09:32 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: bowriter]
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Either way, that is one cool dude!
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#3388700 - 10/05/13 10:25 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
EastTNHunter
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 Originally Posted By: @fulldraw
Do what makes you happy.


Yep. Don't try to get a consensus from here, cause opinions are like belly buttons.. Besides, hunting is not about satisfying the egos or desires of other people

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#3388701 - 10/05/13 10:26 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: easy45]
W.Seay
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
Personally for me his age would make me want to take him, I don't care what he would score


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#3388797 - 10/05/13 12:35 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: W.Seay]
KANATI McD
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Remember this pic is early Aug. He has grew a bit. He's basically a lot taller in most recent video. If I was putting a true guess on him, I would say around 90-93" deer.
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#3388854 - 10/05/13 01:37 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: BSK]
tickweed
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your choice, what makes you happy.
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#3388886 - 10/05/13 02:26 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
Phil1979
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 Originally Posted By: @fulldraw
Do what makes you happy.


Exactly.

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