What is the reasoning for eliminating mature bucks that are past their prime horn-wise? I killed a buck that had to be older than dirt this past season. He had a sagging belly, swayed back, with a nose that looked like a mule it was so wide. His legs were short and his brisket was deep. Buck had 10 points with double brow tines, but horns were short and stubby and way too small for his huge body. But with the number of spikes and obvious cull bucks running around, why shouldn't I have taken out one of them rather out than this old grandpa buck. I know he was better in previous years and wouldn't it be better if he bred does rather than the spikes and obvious culls breeding does? In either case, a hunter is only removing one mouth from the pasture, but it seems even under controlled situations, you would trust an old sire past his prime before you would trust one that is barely of breeding age or has a possibility of not producing much horn-wise. Numerous people commented on how old they thought this buck I shot was, so others were thinking the same thing that I thought. I considered him an obvious cull, but would I have been better off to eliminate a spike that was older than 1.5 years or another cull? Just wanted some input.
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