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Old 08-12-2009, 12:16 PM
Typical Buck
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3.5yr is fair game to me. 2.5yr is off the table, besides they get sort of "gun shy" of daytime by 3.5 yrs old anyway. If I had the chance, I'd take him.

My biggest deer is only 134"(decent for NC). He would fit good with the company in my house! If I already had a wall full of 160"ers I'd let him walk.

BUT its your decision, if its a trophy to you take it.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:32 PM
Nontypical Buck
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I'd drop him like a hot box of rocks. Wouldn't think twice about it. The areas I hunt I just don't see bucks like that, I think because if road poachers. There are gobs of does walking around, but bucks bigger than a small basket 6 pointer are pretty scarce. That deer has a good sized rack (it'd be the biggest buck I'd ever shot, BTW), and it's not a crusty old deer with stinky showleather for meat either. Best of both worlds.

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:00 PM
Giant Nontypical
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he's very symetrical, few deductions...

though 1 more year he might be a giant, if you know he's gonna not get killed and be on your property next year, why would ya?
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:22 PM
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You are the only one that can make that decision,since it is you that must be satisfied with your choice.Personally,in my hunting area,I would not give him a second look,but I don't hunt in Kentucky.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:35 PM
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If the buck has some sort of meaning to you(which they all should) then i would definitely take the shot at him. The memory you will have of deciding to take him or not will be a good one to listen to while you are showing your mount to your buddies!!!

Good Luck
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:08 PM
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if i was you and i had a lot of land, not much hunting pressure, and a good amount of good bucks (which it should if it is QDM)....let him walk for another year or two and take the other 8 point or another good buck
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:18 PM
Nontypical Buck
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The call is yours. Where I hunt in Arkansas he is a shooter. When I take my annually trip to Ohio hmmmmmmm would depend on my blood pressure lol.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:58 AM
Giant Nontypical
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Hey thats what I was going to say!! Cheater lol.....

Originally Posted by bearklr
Do what I always do. Get it stuck in you rmind that your are NOT going to shoot that deer no matter what! because you know there are monsters in the area and he should grow another year. Then you'll be GUARANTEED to see him opening morning at which point you'll say to yourself. "Well, if I don't shoot him someone else will...and he does look aweful nice standing there broadside"...and WHACK...meat in the freezer. Works everytime LOL.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:08 AM
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Imho, boom.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:25 AM
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If you don't shoot that monster, I'm going to force you to hunt PA for a few seasons until you appreciate what you have there!
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