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Old 04-16-2007, 08:17 PM
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Around here the 1st buck is 1.5yrs old.. and the 2nd one is 2.5yrs old.

I would have passed on both of them...
You need to rememember that this is the south (Texas)and body sizes are different than in the north.Thatseconddeer is not2.5 years old; and here's a picture of a 1.5 year olds (six ponts).

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:46 PM
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ben673 yeah so i let that deer go it walks 100 yards down the hill an BOOM guess what someone else jus filled there freezer.. an there i sit... the only way i see "let them go they'll grow" working is if its state wide ora personowns a good bit of ground an can keep the deer hangin around..
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:46 PM
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Here's the second buck but earlier in the year:




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Old 04-16-2007, 08:48 PM
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Here you can see when his brow tine is not broken:

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Old 04-17-2007, 08:59 AM
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I see your point, we've got a lot ground we can control. So, in your situation there's the chance the deer you let go will be shot by someone else, but if you shoot it there is no doubt he won't get any bigger. Probably the best thing state agencies could do is move the rifle season until after the rut, less buck movement = a higher doe harvest (ex. Iowa, Illinois, Kansas). Also, I like antler restrictions, they protect most 1 and half year olds, and make hunters carefully study a deer before they shoot it.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:30 AM
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Also, I like antler restrictions, they protect most 1 and half year olds, and make hunters car fully study a deer before they shoot it.
I agree; we have them in our county where we hunt.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:27 AM
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I wouldn't shoot either of these bucks where I hunt, but that doesn't mean in some places there shooters. They are diffently different bucks in the first pic notice theleft antler 3 up and a little brow in the second pic two up and a brow!! Walt
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:23 PM
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they are both mature deer but the first one hadgreat potential
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