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#5757699 - 05/24/15 03:40 PM What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest
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In terms of bone, what number starts to get your vested interest and blood pumping? For me, a mature buck 125" or better starts to gain my real attention. I often feel that a larger or older one may be close by when a nice buck is around. What say y'all?

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#5757706 - 05/24/15 03:43 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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Depends on the deer. grin

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#5757716 - 05/24/15 03:53 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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I have been fortunate and shot some decent deer in the panhandle. I will say a 140" 8 pointer, or a 150"+ deer of any number of points.
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#5758009 - 05/24/15 08:37 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: Bulldog4949]
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Originally Posted By: Bulldog4949
I have been fortunate and shot some decent deer in the panhandle. I will say a 140" 8 pointer, or a 150"+ deer of any number of points.



Yup, When I see a heavy (140ish) 8 pointer, I know I have a beast. I had a 150ish 8 pointer that I let walk this last year because he was just 4 1/2. I may regret it if he gets some scrawny 9th point. If not, I'll be posting one that will make my blood boil.
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#5758068 - 05/24/15 09:25 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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Any mature buck gets my heart pumping

That said, I'm fortunate to get to hunt in some great country where I see 150"-170" deer on the reg
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#5758517 - 05/25/15 09:43 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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I've never shot a 150 whitetail, but I've seen them on the wall and that seems to be where they cross over from nice to REALLY NICE!!!!

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#5758544 - 05/25/15 10:03 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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Depends on what part of the state im hunting. East 130 west 140 south 150 those are the numbers that blow my hair back .

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#5758547 - 05/25/15 10:04 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: rbw1]
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Originally Posted By: rbw1
Depends on what part of the state im hunting. East 130 west 140 south 150 those are the numbers that blow my hair back .


Never hunted South Texas, but the other two are right on par for me.
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#5758555 - 05/25/15 10:12 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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Shoot, my blood pumps when a 4-6 point comes through, just enjoy it that much. Buck fever probably starts in around 130+, which hasn't been a whole lot of times, even in the Sterling lease we had .
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#5758623 - 05/25/15 11:03 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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I've never had "buck fever" while rifle hunting, but several times while up close and personal with a bow. The following is a east texas buck taken with my bow a few years back and I literally stopped breathing.

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#5758909 - 05/25/15 02:43 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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Maybe I'm the odd man out but I get pumped up shooting a doe with a rifle.

I've killed truckloads of deer and you hand me a rifle and put a doe in range and I'll get just as pumped as I did when I shot my first deer


Nothing I have ever found will do that to me like hunting will
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#5759140 - 05/25/15 05:33 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Maybe I'm the odd man out but I get pumped up shooting a doe with a rifle.

I've killed truckloads of deer and you hand me a rifle and put a doe in range and I'll get just as pumped as I did when I shot my first deer


Nothing I have ever found will do that to me like hunting will


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#5759143 - 05/25/15 05:34 PM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: DQ Kid]
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A lot of it depends on the specific deer, but I'd say as far as antler size anything over 120" gets me excited and over 135" really gets the blood pumping. With that said, what really gets me fired up is seeing a big-bodied mature buck, the kind that looks like a year old grain-fed heifer, I don't care if its an 80" 6 pointer, a deer that big is something to get seriously excited about.
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#5759688 - 05/26/15 05:11 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: rattler03]
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Originally Posted By: rattler03
A lot of it depends on the specific deer, but I'd say as far as antler size anything over 120" gets me excited and over 135" really gets the blood pumping. With that said, what really gets me fired up is seeing a big-bodied mature buck, the kind that looks like a year old grain-fed heifer, I don't care if its an 80" 6 pointer, a deer that big is something to get seriously excited about.
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#5759705 - 05/26/15 05:54 AM Re: What's the Number that Gets Your Real Interest [Re: Erathkid]
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I was lucky enough to take a 201 book deer a few years ago and alot of friends told me that I would be ruined from then on because the chances of taking one bigger were slim. But that has not happened. I still get excited to see any mature deer - there was a day when anything 120 or over got me going but South Texas will spoil a person. Now days we let 170 inch deer walk on a regular basis if they are not old enough. I could not imagine doing that in my younger days.

I think it depends on where a person is hunting and what the top end deer is for that area. A 140 is a true trophy in Hill Country while in STex it may not get a second look. It is all relative.
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