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#6966829 - 11/20/17 12:39 PM Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse
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Registered: 02/20/12
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Had a nice 10 pt. move through yesterday morning and by the time I determined he was likely a shooter he had pretty much cleared through to not be seen again. I would guess him at 120-130" and probably 4.0yo+. Hunting less than 100 acres in Young county has me thinking I probably should have pulled the trigger. Problem I had was that he was on the move and only presented his rack initially from a profile view at about 200 yards. By the time he momentarily stopped broadside and I got a full look at his rack, he was only there for a very short time longer. Did I seem to make the right choice, what say the forum??

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#6966835 - 11/20/17 12:42 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
D'hanis Offline
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Registered: 09/28/17
Posts: 170
You made the right call if you weren't sure. I've been on the opposite end where I couldn't tell for sure and thought a deer was better than it was only do be be disappointed when I walked up on him, and that's a terrible feeling. Rather let a good one walk than shoot a deer I shouldn't have

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#6966847 - 11/20/17 12:49 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Registered: 11/13/15
Posts: 256
Loc: San Saba
It's like I tell the guys I hunt with or guide. Our life doesn't depend on shooting that animal, shoot when you are comfortable and sure it's what you want.

I've been a lot happier about the deer I take after becoming more selective and patient. Sure I still second guess myself, we all do, but in the end it pays off.

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#6966879 - 11/20/17 01:14 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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You did the right thing, if you’re not sure then don’t.
As mentioned above, I was also on the wrong end of a split decision. I thought I shot a big wide mature 8 until I walked up and saw his small body. No more than 3 1/2 it was wide 18” inside. Beat myself up for a month on that one hammer
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#6966899 - 11/20/17 01:29 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Wise County Texas
It is the choice you made, erring on the side of caution, I don't see a right or wrong..

DQ, I now hunt on my small 15 acres, so I absolutely know what it's like wanting to "manage", but with little to no control. Seldom does a buck I pass make it another year or 2 around here. Once I was able to reconcile, I just try to take the best one I can, sometimes going without for the year. It is what it is and actually has become comfortable for what it is.

Even when we had 400 ish acres, management was a problem depending on neighboring lands.
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#6966904 - 11/20/17 01:32 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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I don't pull the trigger unless something WOW'S me. Pretty much just a horn hunter, I will take out the occasional management buck but even that's rare. I let my guys take them out.


Edited by Stompy (11/20/17 01:35 PM)
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#6966905 - 11/20/17 01:33 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Registered: 10/17/09
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Loc: Snyder, TX
Much rather pass on a big one than pull the trigger and he turns out to be smaller or younger.

He is still out there. Once they are dead they are dead.

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#6966958 - 11/20/17 02:10 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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You just have to go with your gut and not look back. I passed up really nice bucks both last year and this year (for different reasons). I have learned to remember to trust my own judgment at the time when I start second-guessing those decisions.
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#6966962 - 11/20/17 02:11 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
We had 3 bucks killed in the area I guide in on Ft Hood and then we stored them in the cooler at the Sportsmans center. There were about 12 deer in that freezer and none of them were as big as the 4 yr old 8 I passed on. We are down to 2 bucks left in my area so I'm second guessing letting him walk even though I know it was the right thing to do.
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#6966963 - 11/20/17 02:14 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Registered: 09/30/12
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Loc: Ft. Belvoir, VA
Absolutely the right thing. I have lost more sleep over my rushed shots than the shots I passed.
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#6967010 - 11/20/17 02:37 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Yes. I've done that. Had what would have been my best deer ever cruising through last year. I started second guessing trying to age him or compare him to deer I've seen posted here. I was thinking, if I post a picture of this deer, will people give me a hard time. That deer gave me the good feeling in my stomach, and I spent too long thinking. After that experience my outlook became, if I like him, I'll shoot him.
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#6967051 - 11/20/17 03:02 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Only on the last day of the season, when Im doing the walk of shame to my truck. Realizing I didn't get a buck but passed on several.

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#6967052 - 11/20/17 03:02 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Had a 9pt we watched for a few years finally became a 10 pt. Would have been a mid 140's buck at 4.5. We decided to give him one more year and I ended up shooting a cull buck while he was standing next to the 10. From that point we got 1 night time picture of that 10 and never saw him again. I regret either not shooting him or not waiting to shoot the cull when he wasn't there.
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#6967058 - 11/20/17 03:06 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: Tff caribou]
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Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 2015
Loc: Llano County TX
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Yes. I've done that. Had what would have been my best deer ever cruising through last year. I started second guessing trying to age him or compare him to deer I've seen posted here. I was thinking, if I post a picture of this deer, will people give me a hard time. That deer gave me the good feeling in my stomach, and I spent too long thinking. After that experience my outlook became, if I like him, I'll shoot him.


I couldn't agree more. I spent a season passing on bucks only to regret my decisions because I didn't get the opportunity to a take good buck that season or the next two seasons.

"I was thinking, if I post a picture of this deer, will people give me a hard time."

I've seen a lot of ^^^This ^^^ go on and it's ridiculous. It's not as bad anymore as it once was but it still happens on occasion. A trophy is subjective. My 2cents


Edited by Sirrah243 (11/20/17 03:44 PM)
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#6967245 - 11/20/17 05:44 PM Re: Ever Get a Case of Shooter's Remorse [Re: DQ Kid]
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Not sure who coined the deer hunting term but "ground shrinkage" is one of my favorites.
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