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#5829799 - 07/13/15 10:18 AM How Can You Pass???
ZMS Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 67
Loc: Graford, TX
This buck would be the biggest buck I have ever shot (by a considerable amount), but I would really like to see him mature. The place I am hunting is small acreage and the guys next to me will shoot him first chance they get. If this deer comes out during the season, which is always a big IF, do I pass him up hoping that he makes it or do I put an arrow in him? Also, am I too far off when I say he is a 4 year old?

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#5829810 - 07/13/15 10:22 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 44036
Loc: Kingwood
Might be a 4yo. I don't see anything about him that makes me thing that's not out of the realm of possibilities. You're the only person that can make the call on shooting him.

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#5829815 - 07/13/15 10:24 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3443
Loc: Conroe, TX
It sucks when "if I don't shoot him the neighbor will" is in effect. Not sure on the age, but a lot of young deer are shot for this reason and there isn't much that can be done about it with small acreage.
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#5829850 - 07/13/15 10:38 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8451
Loc: Texas
If you want him, shoot him.

He doesn't look terribly young.

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#5829856 - 07/13/15 10:40 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
looks 4 to me.. id shoot him on my properties
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#5829862 - 07/13/15 10:41 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Natty Love

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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
He may make your mind up for your once he sheds the velvet.. still a great deer but I bet he looses a good bit
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#5829906 - 07/13/15 10:57 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 7297
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I agree that he's likely 4.5. If he'd be your personal best it would be hard to pass. I've come to feel, though, that if I have a picture of him it helps me not feel nearly as bad if the neighbors get him as he's a shared deer that I helped grow.
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#5829917 - 07/13/15 11:04 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
You have almost 4 month to think about it and he has some more growing to do. Small property would greatly impact my way of thinking, surrounding property dependent. Nice looking typical buck.
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#5829922 - 07/13/15 11:06 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Houston, TX
I'm sorry if this hurts your feelings OP, but killing a young deer "because the neighbors will if I don't" is the poorest excuse I hear for killing a deer. If you do so, you're no better than the neighbors. That said, a 4 year old buck is bodily mature so it's not like you're killing an immature buck.

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#5829929 - 07/13/15 11:10 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Gotta know what you are happy with.

I shot the biggest buck of my life then had some kid tell me I shot a baby because he was only 4.5 and needed more time to grow. Guess that's the difference on hunting a 320 acre low fence property (me) and out of state every year a few times for mule deer and elk and a season lease in Mexico every year his whole life on daddy's dime(him).

I laughed and shook it off pretty easy. I'm still thrilled with mine. That said after having him if a similar situation was to come up I think I would be a lot more apt to let him walk and give my dad or brother a swing at him or get bigger next year.
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#5829943 - 07/13/15 11:14 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: Western]
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Registered: 02/20/12
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Originally Posted By: Western
You have almost 4 month to think about it and he has some more growing to do. Small property would greatly impact my way of thinking, surrounding property dependent. Nice looking typical buck.



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#5829969 - 07/13/15 11:28 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: DQ Kid]
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1933
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
Look at it this way.
IF, he is 4 yrs old, he's gotten by your neighbors for 4 years. Why wouldn't he get by one more year?

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#5829983 - 07/13/15 11:37 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
hookemhorns Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
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Loc: Forney, TX
The good thing is he still has another 50-60 days to grow
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#5830005 - 07/13/15 11:47 AM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: sqiggy]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: sqiggy
Look at it this way.
IF, he is 4 yrs old, he's gotten by your neighbors for 4 years. Why wouldn't he get by one more year?


Chances are for 3 of those 4 years he wasn't much to look at.

Ive heard the saying "if you would shoot him because your neighbor would you are that neighbor" too many times. It all comes down to what your hunting for. If your hunting for an eight and a half year old 200 inch monster you gotta hunt where that deer lives otherwise you may as well not go hunting. If he is a good deer for your area and makes you happy I wouldn't try to talk myself out of him. If your not happy with him then I wouldn't shoot him just to kill something with horns and a dong.
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#5830125 - 07/13/15 12:53 PM Re: How Can You Pass??? [Re: ZMS]
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Registered: 12/13/10
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Loc: Tarrant/Jack, County
Your place, your deer (shared or otherwise). If you like the deer and have the chance shoot it. My wife took her first buck last year. It just made AR and I had watched him several times without drawing on him, she was and still is thrilled beyond words with her deer. That's why we do this. It's a good deer no matter what you decide.
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