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#5898504 - 08/27/15 07:24 AM 13 inch rule
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First year hunting a county with the 13 inch rule. Does anyone have a sure fire way to judge this width? I have a 14 year old and want him to have a no bs way of determining if it is legal. Thanks for any help you can give

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#5898510 - 08/27/15 07:33 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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I've never killed a deer. With a 23 inch spread rule, I would think it is managed by the QDMA or something, and would have some pretty nice looking deer. I'd make the decision to only take a doe unless a real nice buck walked through. I think that should keep you on the safe side. There are some areas on Fort Bragg managed by the QDMA that require bucks either to have three points or at least a 12" spread, apparently there are some spikes that are right at 12". I'd think solid 8 point or better would be a sure thing... from a legal standpoint. As far as actually finding one, man like I said I've never killed a deer before. But I have thought about it as well, be a use of the regs on Fort Bragg, so I,just wanted to throw that idea out there...


Edited by Regular Guy (08/27/15 07:35 AM)
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#5898513 - 08/27/15 07:35 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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This may help --->


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#5898514 - 08/27/15 07:35 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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There is no sure-fire way. The hunting and fishing booklet they give you when you buy your license has some helpful illustrations.

Where I hunt, a 3 year old and up buck usually has an ear spread of about 13 inches - more or less. This varies from place to place and even deer to deer. After a while, you will get better at judging. Until then, my suggestion is to err on the side of caution.

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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5898523 - 08/27/15 07:44 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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I understand that deer vary from place to place. I have hunted the north for almost 30 years and now that I'm here in Texas the deer here have smaller bodies and seems to make the antlers seem bigger. My son has shot his fair share of deer and elk and has seen thousands of deer in my taxi studio. However, the boy is a killing machine with an itchy trigger finger..... I have alway told him to make sure they are outside the ears atleast when the ears are relaxed. Just thought I'd seen what others opinions were.

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#5898528 - 08/27/15 07:46 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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I always error on making sure there's some daylight between ears and antler spread. Usually this will occur at 14-15"...

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#5898535 - 08/27/15 07:49 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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#5898536 - 08/27/15 07:50 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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Originally Posted By: Tru2lifetaxidermy
I understand that deer vary from place to place. I have hunted the north for almost 30 years and now that I'm here in Texas the deer here have smaller bodies and seems to make the antlers seem bigger. My son has shot his fair share of deer and elk and has seen thousands of deer in my taxi studio. However, the boy is a killing machine with an itchy trigger finger..... I have alway told him to make sure they are outside the ears atleast when the ears are relaxed. Just thought I'd seen what others opinions were.


That's about the best and safest way to make sure it's legal IMO. That's what I tell mine also.
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5898542 - 08/27/15 07:53 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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We have had it for years, I have not taken a buck except for a older funky spike a couple of years back.I have scoped several but they were all in that iffy area, so they walked...
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#5898560 - 08/27/15 08:04 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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I know an old man that had a young 25 year old man to shoot one a quarter inch shy of 13 and got a 250 dollar fine. He took it the butcher and the female biologist saw it up there and called the game warden. DURN! Now that guy is afraid to pull the trigger. I guess it will have to be a whopper next time.
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#5898625 - 08/27/15 08:41 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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How wide is that one?

That's a 12 inch wide 7 year old east tx deer
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#5898638 - 08/27/15 08:46 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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I also killed a 13 1/4 wide 5 year old that had 13 points and scored 163. I didn't hesitate to shoot him or this one in the pic. If they are big old mature bucks and I know it well its too late for measuring.
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#5898647 - 08/27/15 08:51 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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Difficult at best if a deer is close to be able to tell. I've seen heavy horned deer like REALKILLER posted that you would swear would be legal and not close. I have had an older deer with very nice antlers within 12 yards during bow season last year. He might be 13" but he's still here cause I wasn't sure. Like has need stated if your not sure don't shoot!

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#5898687 - 08/27/15 09:14 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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Although I don't hunt in an AR area, the way I always look at it is wider than ear tips should get past the 13" but if it's close, don't shoot.
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#5898909 - 08/27/15 11:22 AM Re: 13 inch rule [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
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Originally Posted By: Tru2lifetaxidermy
I understand that deer vary from place to place. I have hunted the north for almost 30 years and now that I'm here in Texas the deer here have smaller bodies and seems to make the antlers seem bigger. My son has shot his fair share of deer and elk and has seen thousands of deer in my taxi studio. However, the boy is a killing machine with an itchy trigger finger..... I have always told him to make sure they are outside the ears at least when the ears are relaxed. Just thought I'd seen what others opinions were.


I like your plan. Just reinforce with 'Hey, it's $250 if you're wrong, so think about what you'd like to do with that money and realize you won't be doing it.' grin
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