Size vs Character pick one

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  1. NebMo Hunter

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    What say you? Would you rather shoot (get pictures of) a 150 perfect 8 or a 130 with all kinds of kickers double brows etc?

    Can't say both, one or the other
    picture is from last season, but we have a couple deer on our property that aren't huge, but are really interesting racks
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  2. Skywalker

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    I would rather big perfect deer. It's very difficult to improve the genetics of the area so if you have that to start with, it's most likely going to continue.
     
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    NebMo Hunter Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I see a lot of similar looking bucks year after year so I can see the genetics running through the population. I also hunt NW Missouri, Nodaway County.
     
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    Weird , lots of trash , taste the same anyway !
     
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    Yeah, I hunt Dekalb County and have fairly solid 8pt and 10pt genetics. They are generally nearly perfect typical and have decent mass. I also hunt an area in Worth County and it's similar but they tend to have less mass for some reason.
     
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    I would prefer the 130 unique rack lots of kicks and drop tine. :tu:
     
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    Unique.
     
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    At this point in my hunting career, I'll take a 150 8pt.
     
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    I like really big clean typicals myself
     
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    Same here. Although my perfect deer would be a main frame perfectly symmetrical 8 or 10 with kickers on both G2s.
     
  11. copperhead

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    I like character personally.
     
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    I like big deer and variety is good. Side by side.......... 130 w/junk vs. 150 clean............

    I'd have to see the junk.
     
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    I'll take a 150" clean 8 every time, side by side a 150" 8 would dwarf a 130" buck with lots of junk. I also don't have a big 8 on my wall yet and want one.
     
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    I don't like a lot of junk
     
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    I like character and trash but in this case I'll take the clean 150" 8 point, easy decision. 130 inches is still 130" no matter what trash it has, in fact a trashy 130" deer isn't going to be very impressive at all.

    If it were a choice between a 150" clean 8 and a 150" trashy character rack, I'd take the trashy buck with character. I like stuff that's interesting to look at.
     
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    I hope to make this decision shortly, as these 2 bucks run together on my property.
     
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    150" 8pt. That's just a BIG deer! And I have some history with a deer similar to this size that out smarted me last year.
     
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    Whichever one sells...... but I'm not a photographer.
     
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    The vast majority of dedicated bowhunters will never see, much less shoot a 150" perfect 8 during an entire hunting career. That would have to be a GIANT 8 point. That's big for a 10, but simply majestic for an 8 to have that many inches.

    130" of trash may be neat, but all in all likely not that impressive from a size perspective. I see 130" non-typicals fairly frequently (at least on camera!) Would I shoot one if I had the chance? You bet. But say I'm sitting in the stand and the scenario that airenlow posted above presented itself; and I'm taking the giant typical over the trashy character any day.
     
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    It's a toss up for me, it would come down to whichever gave me a clear shot.
     
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