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#6414830 - 08/18/16 06:39 PM If it's your first year on a new lease and...
Deerhunter61 Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6431
Loc: DFW
You simply don't know a lot about the lease and what might be there so the question is would you shoot the below buck on opening morning if you saw it? Or would you wait to see what else might be there? Additional information...say the below buck would be the second best buck you would have ever taken, would that weigh into your decision one way or the other? Would you shoulder mount it?



Here are a couple of other pics from the same lease in case they would help make your decision easier...or harder.






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#6414843 - 08/18/16 06:46 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Dalee7892 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 1530
Loc: Denton County
Keep scouting and take the pictures.
How many hunters on the lease? Have they been there for any period of time?
Question the owner or ranch hands, neighbors if low fence.

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#6414861 - 08/18/16 06:58 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Big_Ag Offline
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Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1065
Loc: Denton or Knox County
That's a mature buck. I've killed bigger, but would have no qualms shooting that buck. I assume you can shoot just one buck. If you would shoot this deer the last day of the season, you should shoot opening weekend. I'd shoulder mount him too.

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#6414868 - 08/18/16 07:04 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 01/25/10
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Loc: Mckinney, TX
Don't pass on a deer you'd shoot later in the season. If he fits the criteria for you or your ranch, I wouldn't hesitate.
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#6414886 - 08/18/16 07:17 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 19878
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I don't think it's ever smart to pass up a good mature buck unless it's early season and you are chasing one specific deer.
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#6414923 - 08/18/16 07:39 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
DQ Kid Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4263
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
What's that saying, "one in the hand is better than two in the bush".

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#6414949 - 08/18/16 07:55 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
kick2theside Offline
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Registered: 06/09/15
Posts: 64
Loc: TEXAS
If the deer is mature and he makes you happy then let it fly rifle

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#6414959 - 08/18/16 08:01 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Txhunter65 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 611
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
I'd likely pass. If say he is 4.5 maybe 3.5. If you kill the second biggest buck this year he won't be the biggest buck you've ever killed next year.

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#6414970 - 08/18/16 08:08 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
txbobcat Offline
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Registered: 06/18/05
Posts: 2531
Loc: TX
no

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#6414984 - 08/18/16 08:17 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 2352
Kill em.

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#6415001 - 08/18/16 08:25 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
SniperRAB Offline
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Registered: 03/26/12
Posts: 21271
Loc: Nurturing Biosphere Mothership
Ton of Variables like Dale touched on..

What's the rules, how many guns..is there a Management plan in place etc...etc...

If you paid your money and you like him..Tip him over..

I would pass.. but those are some healthy Deer and great Colorization

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#6415004 - 08/18/16 08:26 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
maximus_flavius Online   content
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Registered: 04/24/13
Posts: 475
I wouldn't shoot him early in the season, unless you don't have much time to hunt. if he's still around at the end of season, that's different.

It's sport, not a race.

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#6415056 - 08/18/16 08:57 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Bittercreek Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/23/05
Posts: 810
Loc: San Angelo Tx.
Wait on the Rut. In your Area. It appears. You have some quality animals in the area.
Good Luck.

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#6415108 - 08/18/16 09:30 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: Deerhunter61]
sotol buster Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 14
Loc: Alvin.Tx
Nope. If it was by far the best buck I had ever shot then yes. If you shoot on opening morning it will be a loooong year.

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#6415133 - 08/18/16 09:53 PM Re: If it's your first year on a new lease and... [Re: sotol buster]
NDN98 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 9564
Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: abc
Nope. If it was by far the best buck I had ever shot then yes. If you shoot on opening morning it will be a loooong year.

agree

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