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#5898168 - 08/26/15 09:28 PM AR legal or not?
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#5898179 - 08/26/15 09:33 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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I would say so!

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#5898229 - 08/26/15 09:52 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Yes
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#5898241 - 08/26/15 09:58 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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It's really close. I'd play it safe and pass. May look different in person/in the field but unless you know what 13" looks like, it's not worth the risk.

County, quality of land and feed also play a big factor in those assessments
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#5898355 - 08/26/15 11:10 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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looks like he'll make it but I would try to get a pretty good look at him once he's fully shed his velvet before I put the hammer down on him. he's definitely close IMO

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#5898689 - 08/27/15 09:15 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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close but I wouldn't pull the trigger if in an AR county ...
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#5898887 - 08/27/15 11:02 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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I would say so it is close but the second picture his ears are straight out not natural.
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#5898902 - 08/27/15 11:18 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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I've got one on the wall that looks a lot like that, he's 14 1/4" inside. That said, I'd take a long, hard look at this one before I thought about pulling the trigger (if he's one you'd like to shoot). As 775 said, with the ears out like that it's hard to say.
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#5898927 - 08/27/15 11:32 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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What is the spacing on the varmit cage? Is it inch mesh? See if you can scale something off.
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#5898944 - 08/27/15 11:42 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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If you aren't sure then pass it up!
If you don't mind paying the fine then you could take the chance, but it's impossible to know for sure without putting a tape to it!
I hunt in an AR county and have passed up many a buck that looked like that one!


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#5898964 - 08/27/15 11:55 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Jimbo]
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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
If you aren't sure then pass it up!
If you don't mind paying the fine then you could take the chance, but it's impossible to know for sure without putting a tape to it!
I hunt in an AR county and have passed up many a buck that looked like that one!


I agree, if you have to ask, probably should stay on the safe side. I have no doubt passed some because I wasn't sure, if I have to argue with myself, I'm not pulling the trigger.

Good looking buck though
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#5898969 - 08/27/15 11:57 AM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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your good. Nice buck also!
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#5898981 - 08/27/15 12:01 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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I don't hunt an AR county, but out of curiosity if you happen to shoot a buck that is less than 13 and get caught do they fine and confiscate or just fine? Or does it depend, if ist a booner they fine and take it if its a 12" wide 8pt they fine and you keep it?
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#5898984 - 08/27/15 12:02 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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I appreciate all the responses. I am nearly 100% certain this guy is well legal, but just thought I would show these pics as an example of a middle aged deer having big ears. He was around all preseason last year and was legal enough last year as a nice 8, but never saw him in person, plenty of pics to study. This year he put on a clean 10 rack and is a little bigger in the body, so I know he will be legal. Plan to ground check him if he shows up at all and will post up the measurement. I am guessing he is just north of 14 wide.

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#5898993 - 08/27/15 12:07 PM Re: AR legal or not? [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Should make him a hair wider when he sheds velvet also.
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