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

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Unread 12-03-2013, 11:23 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I passed on a 170ish class mule deer buck all season, really a perfect deer and the area is really starting to come back so I wanted to leave him for seed, it's public lands so it took everything I had to pass on him and I had to fight every genetic trait in my body to not just smoke him. He bred a lot of does but he ended up in the back of a truck, guys didn't even care what he was just blew some holes in him and threw him in the back of the truck. Kinda bummed me out but I passed on him to bred not shoot the last day and he made it till the last couple days of the season so my goal was accomplished.
I shot a heavy three point, he should have been a 4 point so I took him out but since it's public lands everyone else passes on them for the 4 or 5 points so maybe I made a small improvement so one day I can take a 200 inch buck in the area!
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Unread 12-04-2013, 12:05 AM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I've never cared that much for the meat, so I guess I'm a "trophy hunter". A lot of variables in what that means. Many tags these days are in reality "once in a lifetime.

When/if you draw them, if it's a poor year, take the best the area has and no complaints.

Hunting style can effect "trophy status", any bear or lion showing up at a predator call is in serious trouble if I'm on the gun. Otherwise I'd rather see some kid take it (or adult that hasn't got one).
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Unread 12-06-2013, 11:16 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

Meat eater 100%.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 10:08 AM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

if I want meat I shoot does. try to let bucks get older unless they so no potential and don't have the genes you want passed on. Not all older deer are going to score well but if they are 4.5 plus it is probally what they are going to be. could not pass this guy up with those brows and he was aged at 7 plus no teeth in his mouth and his left eye must have been damaged fighting
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Unread 12-14-2013, 12:57 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

My philosophy in general is to let the younger bucks go. I have eaten a lot of Montana "A" tags over the years which I could have easily filled numerous times during the season. Same with bull elk. If it's not a mature 6 point, I'll let him go. Culling out lesser genetics is OK is another story.

Like others have said, to each his own. I'm not trying to impose my thinking on anyone else and I don't look down on anyone for shooting any legal buck or bull. I just try to do my part to get bigger bucks and bulls in the population.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 08:22 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

Ihunt for the mature animals. And it is much tougher now in my areas since the wolf. I dont even begin to see the bucks I use to,less bulls also.There where some very nice game taken local as usual though
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Unread 12-15-2013, 09:12 PM
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Re: Brown is down or Let em go so they can grow?

I snuck up on this one once and let him sleep.

He was with 20 head of does and I wanted him to pass on some of what he would grow into. The very next morning he wandered off the ranch and he was shot.

This year we took a load of elk deer and antelope. I helped many hunters fill their tags. I drew no B tags. So I passed on some bulls, and some mule deer smaller than I wanted to take, and let my wife fill the freezer. So yeah, I agree that sometimes you just need to give them a chance to grow. But if my wife had not gotten her Bull I would be eating one I shot as I am also a meat hunter.

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