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#3389739 - 10/06/13 08:44 AM Maybe it's just me but...
dtwnn
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As I scroll down the "Trail Cams & Pics" thread, everyone wants to know the score and age of their deer. I never understood this because if the deer is a trophy to you, what does it matter what he scores or how old he is? Bust em if you want that deer. Who cares what other people think. They all eat the same!!
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#3389764 - 10/06/13 09:04 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: dtwnn]
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this has been discussed to death here, but to summarize....there are always different types of hunters...some trophy and some meat. Some shoot the first thing and most anything where is some people (like myself) have killed enough deer since 1974 to feed an army and really don't care to kill most anything.

In closing...shoot what you want, regardless, I do.

But remember......if you bust someone for being a trophy hunter, why can't they bust you for being a meat (shoot anything legal) hunter.....

Again, pull the trigger or not, it should always be YOUR choice....

enjoy!
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#3389767 - 10/06/13 09:08 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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All about impressing others..My wee wee is bigger than your wee wee type of thing..
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#3389810 - 10/06/13 09:54 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: dtwnn]
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 Originally Posted By: dtwnn
As I scroll down the "Trail Cams & Pics" thread, everyone wants to know the score and age of their deer. I never understood this because if the deer is a trophy to you, what does it matter what he scores or how old he is?


1) Because some hunters are hunting areas that are under a specific form of management where a buck must be a specific age and/or score before it is a harvestable buck.

2) Some hunters have set a personal age/score standard for themselves, and want to know if a buck makes that standard. Although, in my opinion, if you can't judge the age/score yourself, what are you doing setting that kind of standard?

3) Some hunters are testing their aging and scoring ability by asking more experienced field-judgers what they think. This is the only way to learn the technique.
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#3389814 - 10/06/13 09:57 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: BSK]
Wes Parrish
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To BSK's statements, I would add the asking is also because deer aging on the hoof may be more an art form than a science.

For those of us really into deer herd management, it is extremely valuable to know whether a particular buck is 2 1/2 or 3 1/2.

Just me personally, what makes a buck a better "trophy" has more to do with age and unique antlers rather than the score of those antlers. Ironically, uniqueness of antlers often greatly reduces antler scores. I have no desire to take a buck younger than 4 1/2, so I may ask for opinions regarding a buck's age when I'm torn between whether he's 3 1/2 or 4 1/2. And if I have a 2 1/2 with large antlers, I'd really like to do whatever I can to help him survive to 4 1/2, which may include pointing out his potential to other hunters.

I'd also add this as fuel for thought:

How many hunters wouldn't rather take a 140-plus-class older buck over a 120-class younger buck?

Our differences are mainly in degree of passion and restraint.

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#3389816 - 10/06/13 09:59 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: dtwnn]
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 Originally Posted By: dtwnn
They all eat the same!!


I love venison. I love the fact that I can feed myself and my family with the meat I kill and process myself. But I don't hunt to acquire venison. The meat is just a bonus. I hunt because I'm a hunter/gatherer, and to have participated in the process of hunting. I hunt to have hunted--to satisfy more core desire to be a hunter. And part of that experience is the challenge, and for me, it takes a specific age of deer to provide the level of challenge I'm looking for.

If I hunted just for the meat, I would shoot only fawns, as they taste the best.
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#3389818 - 10/06/13 10:00 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: cecil30-30]
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Some people such as myself have used the knowledge of others on here who are better educated in aging deer to learn for themselves so they/I can manage my place to my best ability. I have been blessed with a place that's manageable and my goal is to hold as many mature bucks as I can. To do so I need to be able to accurately age deer on the hoof. I've seen no better place to learn than TNdeer with so many examples and access to educated hunters... I also agree with the above statement that kill what makes YOU happy as long as its within the law...
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#3389819 - 10/06/13 10:01 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: Wes Parrish]
HDUKE1986
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Hey Cecil 30-30 you owe me a new phone for making me laugh and drop it
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#3389836 - 10/06/13 10:15 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: cecil30-30]
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
All about impressing others..My wee wee is bigger than your wee wee type of thing..


Or people are legitimately trying to manage there places and want others opinions
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#3389877 - 10/06/13 10:59 AM Re: Maybe it's just me but... [Re: cecil30-30]
dtwnn
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
All about impressing others..My wee wee is bigger than your wee wee type of thing..


You win the prize Cecil.

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