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Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

 
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:25 AM
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Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I grew up in a environment where if you saw a deer your going to shoot it. My dad and all his freinds are like that. I was like that as well, but over the years i find myself letting the younger bucks walk. Being fortunate enough i have taken some really nice deer. I try and explain to some people in order to have big deer they have to mature. In response to that i hear "if i dont shoot it the next guy will". Basically what im getting at is, is there more meat hunters out there or more people looking to manage and grow bigger deer? Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:18 AM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

In south dakota you get an antler less or an any deer tag for the east river deer season. When I get an any deer I pass on the little bucks. I would rather fill with a doe than take a small buck. I also haven't filled my tag yet. Saw a small buck but let him go. I know that I am taking a chance of someone else shooting it but I hope that they would let it go and get bigger. I know that some people are dead set on shooting a buck no matter what size. The guys I hunt with all agree that we let the little ones get bigger. Just my opinion take it for what its worth.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:04 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

This^^^^ is the same thing that we do. We pass on smaller bucks, and I have had several seasons where I have not shot a buck at all, but instead filled my tag with a fat doe during the last weekend.

We have a rule at our camp that everything shot needs to be a 4x4 or larger. I know there are still several people who hunt around us who shot fork horns on an either or tag. I'm not sure what the appeal of a fork horn is over a big doe. In body size they are nearly identical.

But, to each his own. I'm not going to tell anyone else what they should or should not shoot.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:50 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I used to shoot whatever. I trophy hunt now unless we get a depredation tag. I like the hunt more than the kill and enjoy watching nice elk and deer.

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Old 12-03-2013, 08:51 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I say to each his own.

My approach is to shoot does or "low potential" bucks for meat. Not every "let 'em go" is going to grow into a trophy. Young deer with good headgear ALWAYS get a pass from me - young deer with itty bitty racks sometimes end up in the freezer.

This year, my trail cam picked up a TON of little bucks. There is a clear difference in antler size between deer of similar age. Due to the sheer number (and lower numbers of doe) I took one of the bigger bodied, smaller-racked young bucks.

As far as the "if I don't shoot it someone else will" argument, I've always found that to be an exercise in self-justification. It would seem to indicate that all deer are killed every year, any buck stupid enough to expose himself to me is easy to kill, and that a dead buck has the same opportunity to mature as one I pass on.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:48 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

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I say to each his own.

My approach is to shoot does or "low potential" bucks for meat. Not every "let 'em go" is going to grow into a trophy. Young deer with good headgear ALWAYS get a pass from me - young deer with itty bitty racks sometimes end up in the freezer.

This year, my trail cam picked up a TON of little bucks. There is a clear difference in antler size between deer of similar age. Due to the sheer number (and lower numbers of doe) I took one of the bigger bodied, smaller-racked young bucks.

As far as the "if I don't shoot it someone else will" argument, I've always found that to be an exercise in self-justification. It would seem to indicate that all deer are killed every year, any buck stupid enough to expose himself to me is easy to kill, and that a dead buck has the same opportunity to mature as one I pass on.
I can completely agree with shooting the small bucks with limited potential. If you have control over the ground you hunt then it is good for herd management. I don't have control, so each buck I pass is a buck I can (hopefully) see later. I have shot crab clawed mule deer bucks in the past though, just so they don't spread that trait into the herd.

I agree that the "someone else will shoot them if I don't" mentality is a justification.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:07 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I was introduced to the philosophy of if its not your biggest buck don't shoot it. However I agree that some deer just won't amount to much so we will take those deer.
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