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#5405093 - 11/07/14 11:12 AM First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike?
cp50948 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/11
Posts: 182
Loc: Erath,Panhandle
I grew up where you had to earn the right to take a large "trophy" buck. You had to help feed, plant food plots etc. Before you could shoot a large buck you had to shoot a doe or spike and clean it yourself (with help). I guess my dad and grand dad wanted me to understand what it is like to take the life of an animal and how to work for something I wanted. My wife wants to shoot one this year. She is expecting a big buck, however she'll be taking a cull or doe for her first. I think you should have to work for that first trophy to truly understand what is worth. Just wondering what everyone thought a first deer should be.

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#5405108 - 11/07/14 11:19 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 08/18/11
Posts: 1379
Loc: Grayson Co
If I made my wife pass on a trophy to shoot a doe or spike bc it was her first hunt I would probably be sleeping on the couch and cooking my own dinner. Let the woman shoot a good one if the opportunity is there. Just my opinion.........

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#5405122 - 11/07/14 11:27 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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If my wife ever talked me into letting her sit in a deer stand with me I'd let her shoot the first animal that walked up. That way it would shorten the time I had to listen to her talk.

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#5405125 - 11/07/14 11:28 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: Ronnie Oneal]
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Originally Posted By: Ronnie Oneal
If I made my wife pass on a trophy to shoot a doe or spike bc it was her first hunt I would probably be sleeping on the couch and cooking my own dinner. Let the woman shoot a good one if the opportunity is there. Just my opinion.........


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#5405139 - 11/07/14 11:31 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 08/20/13
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I understand where you are coming from, I started by shooting a doe as a kid , so have all the kids in my family, as well as my daughter will. As far as first buck, it was the one that presented itself first or the first one I wanted to take. This past weekend, I put my nephew on his first buck, he has killed does for two years. I let him kill a nice ten point. Now you can look at it as it was too nice of a deer for his first, or I just made him a trophy hunter at an early age. He will hopefully be picky in his harvest from now on.
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#5405141 - 11/07/14 11:33 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
Cslate Offline
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Registered: 09/02/12
Posts: 66
Loc: Texas
My wife had never hunted when we met. In fact her first time to eat fried deer steak was our second date. I really wanted her to experience hunting and wanted to share experiences in the outdoors together. It is our job of hunters to try and recruit people to the sport right?? Anyways she has been hunting for fpr 2 years now and hasnt really taken a deer yet. I tell her this...if u see one u want yo shoot shoot it. I want her to love it as much as i do. I think u can run people off if u dont let them enjoy it to the fullest. That being said she understands that if we are in the blind together and ol boone and crockett shows up i have first shot lol...

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#5405155 - 11/07/14 11:40 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
I tend to agree with the op. I don't think kids should start out with a trophy as in B&C trophy for their first deer. Some do it that way so to each their own.

My wife started hunting with me and expressed an interest. She has shot a handful of does. Her first buck will be a cull of some kind be it a spike or no brow 6 etc. We cant have her shooting at too old a deer because it takes her SO LONG to shoot if its over 4.5 YO it will be dead of old age by time she gets around to pulling the trigger. She shoots good at the range, just takes FOREVER in the field. I don't rush her, just let her take her time if she shoots she shoots and if it wonders of it wonders off. I have started only giving her a count of 30 to shoot each shot at the range though... hasn't really changed anything.
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#5405184 - 11/07/14 11:50 AM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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I started out killing my deer which was any buck I wanted. I was hunting alone at the time in a blind. I had to help clean the deer, quarter it and then help process it. Almost everyone of the first time hunters I have hunted with where the same, the first buck to come out go this response-"can I shoot that one" no matter what the size was. Let her make the choice on the first legal buck that steps out. If you are into management and shooting certain bucks then what you are shooting or aren't needs to be expressed.
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#5405233 - 11/07/14 12:14 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: scalebuster]
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Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: Bandera, TX
Originally Posted By: scalebuster
If my wife ever talked me into letting her sit in a deer stand with me I'd let her shoot the first animal that walked up. That way it would shorten the time I had to listen to her talk.


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#5405246 - 11/07/14 12:23 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 12/16/11
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I will not let my kids kill trophy their first hunt. They start with doe and then management bucks. Neither has killed a true Big deer. Son has killed 7 total with biggest being 142. Daughter just started last year, she has one doe. My wife don't deer hunt but if she did and a 160+ steps out, I'm shooting it, not her. I'd probably agree on anything she wanted, but no I don't think anyone should just show up and kill a true giant first shot.

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#5405371 - 11/07/14 01:11 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
After 24-25 years of being married, my wife decided she would take one deer last year, but no more. I was lucky and had an old 8 show up on the place. 2 days latter she took him. She was elated and still proud, but will likely never get behind a rifle again. So our instance may be different than yours, but I would let her make 55% of the decision with-in your management ideals.

My 1st deer was a doe, back then as most older fellas here can attest too in the late 60's-late 70's, deer management wasn't even a word, a fella just went hunt'n and hoped for the best.
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#5405380 - 11/07/14 01:14 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 07/19/09
Posts: 1415
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX
Really? Your saying it's youth weekend on low fence and a 150 walks out and you won't let them shoot? If my dad had told me that, there would've been two shots fired. Not that we ever had that problem. My dad would've have been tickled to death if that happened for me. If something extraordinary like that happens, just explain to them how fortunate they are and that lots of grown men hunt their whole lives and don't get one like that. Do y'all cut their lines on 10 lb. bass too? hammer

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#5405396 - 11/07/14 01:20 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 4572
Loc: Annetta TX
When I started deer hunting in the hill country does were by permit only. The landowner of the lease we hunted 500 acres was issued 2. My stepdad would save those for the end of the season in the event he would take a guest to the lease so I was allowed to shoot anything with horns. My first was a spike. I let my kids take any deer they wanted for their first as long as it was legal. My oldest daughter took a doe. Her little sister took an 8 pt and my son is not old enough yet but I will do the same. If he wants it and it's legal he gets the green light. In my opinion someones first gets a pass no matter what management plan the lease has. When a kid and/or spouse brings their first buck back to camp with a smile a mile wide it's priceless and worth the management hiccup.
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#5405445 - 11/07/14 01:43 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 5465
Loc: DFW
I hear and understand what you are saying but your wife is your partner in life and I hope she's your best friend, mine is. So as a partner if she chooses to shoot the first, the last, the biggest, baddest buck she sees then so be it and I would be incredibly happy for her! Saying all of that, my recommendation would be to first shoot a doe or small/cull buck and only because no matter how much practice you put in when it's time to "kill" an animal it's serious business and I believe a large buck would only increase the nervousness etc which if that caused a bad shot and wounded the animal my wife would be miserable! But if she has put in the time on the practice range and is ready from that aspect and she wants to shoot a big buck I definitely wouldn't try to stop her!

As for children I think that is different...I do believe in teaching them the value of hard work, of earning what you get. I also believe most children will struggle when they pull the trigger on their first deer so I agree it should be a doe or spike. But once they have achieved this as long as they carry their weight, age appropriate of course, then I'd let them shoot the biggest buck that walked out!

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#5405459 - 11/07/14 01:50 PM Re: First deer for someone to shoot. Buck, doe, spike? [Re: cp50948]
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2343
Loc: Hurst
I understand the idea of earning a deer. I have yet to shoot my first deer and I have deer hunted for 2 years.

I have seen them gutted and skinned out but unfortunately it has never been me doing it. This year I have already passed on several doe and a spike, there is an 8 point shooter where I hunt that I really want to take. I want my first deer to be a buck but I am fine shooting anything at this point.
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