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  1. dcaldwell

    dcaldwell Weekend Warrior

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    I hunt in a very small patch of land in ky. I already have a doe on the ground. Only shot 2 bucks in my life. Don't need a trophy but if gonna hunt a buck i want it to be a nice one. Only seen a deer even close to that caliber a couple times while hinting and always (except for the one successful time) too far
     
  2. dcaldwell

    dcaldwell Weekend Warrior

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    Very true... I don't own the deer that's for sure. I'm not questioning the deer really... he is bigger than I have ever seen with a bow so he is going down if he does come into my lane... just curious what others thought.
     
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    cls74 Legendary Woodsman

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    Shoot it, no one here will criticize you for it. If they do, ignore them. Nobody started out shooting booners.
     
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    selfbros Die Hard Bowhunter

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    If you are wanting bigger bucks you have to make the sacrifice and pass him up. They don't grow if they are dead. A lot of us have passed similar deer and were rewarded in the future when it grow to its potential. Not every buck will be killed by your neighbors.
     
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    it's all relative bud. but if i saw that thing within confident range, it would be in my freezer if i had anything to do with it.
     
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    If you're happy with him then by all means go for it!


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    dmax4me Weekend Warrior

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    That all depends on if you have harvested anything this big or not. If you haven't, then this might be a Trophy for you.
    Personally, I would let him walk, if you think there is a chance that he won't get shot and can get at least another year older.
     
  8. AaronB

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    If he gets your heart going, shoot him. From your history, it doesn't seem like you've shot a lot of bucks and none with your bow. It would be a great first buck with a bow. Me, I would film him with my phone and let him pass and wouldn't even think twice about it because I see deer like him often, but I'm not you and my property is not your property. I like the top 25% rule. If he's in the top 25% of bucks on your property, shoot him, especially for your first one.
     
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    He is definitely a shooter for you then. Have fun, that is what it is all about.
     
  10. in da woods

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    if you whack him, I'd call him venison!

    shoot what you think is good to you and the likely hood of shooting something else.
     
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    Here's the thing. U shoot what makes you happy if u have to ask someone if they would kill it or let it walk tells me you may not be happy with it if that's the case don't kill it. A trophy in your eyes my be different to someone that has higher standards. Shoot what your happy with that's it. Your not shooting a buck to make someone other than you happy. Don't pass a deer now that you would wanna kill on the last day. Simple as that. I how ever would not kill him.
     
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    He is as big as what I generally see. I would Shoot. We have dog hunter that surround our property and there is a good change he night not make it to next season. Our only rule is eight or more.
     
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    I would not shoot him and I certainly would not name it. Can we stop naming deer already? I didnt even know that was still a thing anymore. I thought we were passed that.
     
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    Well, how do you really feel?
     
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    What's the big deal? I'm having a hard time seeing a problem with naming deer.
     
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    Pitman Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Gotta love people that are tolerant of what others choose to do.
     
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    It really irritates me that you are so tolerant. Knock it off already.
     
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    Larry.


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    I've passed similar deer in the past few years. 6 years ago I would have shot that deer without a 2nd thought. Now unless I know 100% whether it's 3 1/2 + I'm passing.
     
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    1) People on the internet think very highly of themselves and LOVE to judge others that don't meet their level of super awesomeness. Ignore them.

    2) If that is a good deer to you, shoot it. On the state land in PA I hunt, I would shoot that deer. On my friend's private farm in OH, I am passing it. But you shoot what makes you happy. It's your tag and your experience.

    3) Ralph.
     

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