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#5969526 - 10/09/15 01:49 PM Ground Shrinkage
SonoftheSouth777 Offline
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Registered: 09/29/15
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Out of the last 5 to 10 "shooter" bucks that you have harvested what percentage have you walked up on and thought Dang he's nice just not as big as I thought. For myself has happened at least the last 4 times. I have even had years where I didn't pull the trigger cause I wanted to be a good manager of my lease. Just wondered how many out there have experienced ground shrinkage with the bucks they have taken.

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#5969527 - 10/09/15 01:51 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
Mr. T. Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 1960
Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
If you have not experienced ground shrinkage, sometimes significant shrinkage in your hunting life, then all you have ever shot is does.
I remember one monster buck that I truly thought would make the B&C book when I pulled the trigger. On the ground it was a small pencil 6 point. Of course I was 12 at the time. That thank God, has been my most shrinkage in all the bucks I have killed since.


Edited by Mr. T. (10/09/15 01:56 PM)
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#5969537 - 10/09/15 02:02 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 7393
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Other than spikes, I've shot 6 bucks since 1998, 2 culls and 4 'shooters'. I haven't been disappointed in any of the shooters or felt their was any ground shrinkage. Like you, there have been many times I passed on deer that I knew would only get better. I'm not saying this is your case, but most of the people I know who experience ground shrinkage got excited when they saw a buck and made it into a shooter when it really wasn't (by lease standards, or whatever measure a deer is a 'shooter').
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#5969539 - 10/09/15 02:06 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
fouzman Offline
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Loc: Houston, TX
None of the last 10 or so. But I have definitely killed bucks during my life that had significant ground shrinkage. Understanding body types, how to age and rough score deer on the hoof is the key to avoiding ground shrinkage. When in doubt, always favor the ranch.

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#5969543 - 10/09/15 02:09 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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None of the last 10 I shot for trophies and they are all on my wall in the house. I did have several of those that grew a bunch on the ground.
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#5969551 - 10/09/15 02:16 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: stxranchman]
Captain Luke Offline
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Loc: Duval County, Starr County
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
None of the last 10 I shot for trophies and they are all on my wall in the house. I did have several of those that grew a bunch on the ground.

Pics of the mounts?
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#5969555 - 10/09/15 02:20 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
... I did have several of those that grew a bunch on the ground.


That's a great problem!
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#5969557 - 10/09/15 02:21 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: Captain Luke]
jshouse Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: Captain Luke
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
None of the last 10 I shot for trophies and they are all on my wall in the house. I did have several of those that grew a bunch on the ground.

Pics of the mounts?


he has a decent lil trophy room..... popcorn
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#5969558 - 10/09/15 02:21 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: Captain Luke]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4777
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Originally Posted By: Captain Luke
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
None of the last 10 I shot for trophies and they are all on my wall in the house. I did have several of those that grew a bunch on the ground.

Pics of the mounts?

Here we go...yes stx we need some pics of the ones that grew, fouz you throw in some you were close on. We'll make this one heck of a post quick..

up popcorn

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#5969561 - 10/09/15 02:26 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
fouzman Offline
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Loc: Houston, TX
I dunno know how to post pictures and am about to leave the office. But I do have some pretty badazz whitetail mounts. Be happy to share them another time. I have several larger, but one of my favorites is a life-sized 221 6/8 I killed hunting with stx. And he's only 13 7/8 inside! Another is a slick 12 point half-size jumping out of the wall through some cactus. He was 210 2/8 and he's 24 4/8 inside.

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#5969565 - 10/09/15 02:28 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: stxranchman]
cameron00 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8521
Loc: Texas
First buck I shot in Austin County.

Proportionately, he had a huge neck, broad shoulders, looked very muscular...I thought he was a mammoth.

Body was the size of a large labrador when I went to collect him.

It's weird because there are some massive bodied deer out there, but not this guy.

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#5969566 - 10/09/15 02:29 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: fouzman]
jshouse Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: fouzman
I dunno know how to post pictures and am about to leave the office. But I do have some pretty badazz whitetail mounts. Be happy to share them another time. I have several larger, but one of my favorites is a life-sized 221 6/8 I killed hunting with stx.


there is no "share another time," there is only share now.
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If I send my neighbors a text and ask them to give me feedback on my lawn and plant rye into a giant dong pattern, I'm probably going to get some less than positive feedback. Same goes here.

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#5969571 - 10/09/15 02:31 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: fouzman]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
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Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Originally Posted By: fouzman
I have several larger, but one of my favorites is a life-sized 221 6/8 I killed hunting with stx.


flame taz

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#5969575 - 10/09/15 02:34 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
ZK-315 Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
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Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
I've had a couple shrink on me, but last year they seemed to grow as I walked up.

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#5969577 - 10/09/15 02:37 PM Re: Ground Shrinkage [Re: SonoftheSouth777]
Mr. T. Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
"I have several larger than the 221 6/8," I'm proud to know you, but I don't think I'm liking you right now.
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