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#7008098 - 12/22/17 08:36 PM Have these forums created an impact on how you hunt?
Texas Dan Offline
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The discussions on judging the relative age (younger or older) of a buck paid off for me this morning when I made a good call on a buck that I would have otherwise taken and regretted doing it.

As some of you know, I've been hunting this older 8-point that I caught in a photo with my game camera. This morning while hunting the area, I saw a nice buck that I was sure was him at first until I noticed the body wasn't right for an older buck. This buck had a nice rack that drew a lot of attention, but the body is what tipped me off. The legs were just too long and thin, and the body just didn't carry that full look shown in the photo. Without the repeated discussion on focusing less on antlers and more of the body, I would have shot this buck and burned my tag on a buck that would not have been the one I'm after. I may never get him this season, but I still have a chance after making the right call today.

What example can you share where discussions in these forums have helped your game?


Edited by Texas Dan (12/23/17 10:43 AM)
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#7008126 - 12/22/17 08:47 PM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
TAT Offline
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Good call Dan! I hope you get that big 8 you're after. I'm routing for you!

I had a nice 10 two years ago that I normally would have shot but decided to pass thinking he was only 3.5. The next year a member of the lease beside us got him. He was really nice that year. From looking at him he had grown a lot and would have been a helluva deer the next year. I'm glad I decided to pass him cause even at 4.5 he was a giant. The Hunter that took him was happy too and it was his personal best. I'm sure I miss judge sometimes when I'm hunting but I'm seeing some really nice up and comers on my personal land. I think being on here has helped me a bunch!
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#7008131 - 12/22/17 08:49 PM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not really. I’ll probably always be a “if you like him, shoot him” hunter. But as I get older I like older bigger bucks more. But I’ll always believe that you should never pass up on a “biggest buck ever” regardless of age.


Edited by Tff caribou (12/22/17 08:49 PM)
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#7008362 - 12/23/17 02:51 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Not really. But I’ll always believe that you should never pass up on a “biggest buck ever” regardless of age.
As a rule I pretty much agree with this unless your hunting a lease with specific rules or if you're actually hunting on a lease that has better bucks on it than your "biggest buck ever".

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#7008372 - 12/23/17 05:00 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I took a buck couple weeks ago while sitting a blind with my older'n me BinL. He's been bragging about how many deer they had, and this large buck slipped into one of the feeders and put his head down "hoovering" up the just dropped corn. Something spooked him a little and up pops the weirdest looking set of antlers I've ever seen. One side is a normal main beam with a couple small stickers and several knobs, and the other side is broke off in a thick stump about 3-4"s up, just below where the 1st tine should be. BinL start's whisper hissing at me to KILL that Freak Right NOW..but he keep moving around shooing the tiny unforked pencil headed guy following him off the corn...finally steps out from behind a feeder leg and Boom the 270 spoke to him. Did his death run for about 25-30 yards and BinL is yellig he's getting away when I could see blood on his near side streaming down his flank and piled up without a wiggle.

I missed the aiming point at the top of the crease by about an inch and 1/2 as he picked up speed cantering away, but it was a nice thru & thru that canceled his HVAC system.

We did not have a scale but that old guy even as beat up as he was took 3 trys to get him up off the ground and over the lip of the Mule's tail gate and was real LONG Bodied too, with his head, front legs and shoulders in the Mule's bed and his butt still on the ground. BinL est'd him at 150-160 lbs. Even his broke off stump had fight marks on the busted part and was broomed over from rubbing it on somebody or something and bigger around on top than it was down the shaft of the remaining antler ...really funny looking too...real gray up to his eyes with some scars on his muzzle and big roman nose, he looked like he'd lost more fights than any buck I ever saw, but no fresh wounds anywhere when we skinned him.

He eats good too! +1 on the leave'em on ice a few days and change out the bloody water about every 12 hours.

Told the BinL that he was NOT a freak, just tired and beat up after checking him out up close right after he went down...BinL sez we got the winners of those fights still walking around, load the rifle and get back in the blind...but all the rest of the crowd had already left town for that nite anyway. There were 15-20 deer in BinL's 5 acre yard when we pulled in though...all does and itty bitty chillrin's who calmly walked away but never jumped the fence and walked thru the front gate like they owned the place. Got one more hunt planned that last week of season ... here's hoping Mr Big or some of his bubba's show up.
Ron
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#7008410 - 12/23/17 07:00 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not me, personally.

But, due to the forums, I have come to detest certain buzz words or phrases:

- management buck
- cull
- score
- age
- give him another year
- why did you shoot that?
- diesel
- black rifle

I could go on and on...

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#7008428 - 12/23/17 07:28 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Not really. But I’ll always believe that you should never pass up on a “biggest buck ever” regardless of age.
As a rule I pretty much agree with this unless your hunting a lease with specific rules or if you're actually hunting on a lease that has better bucks on it than your "biggest buck ever".


Yes good point. I agree with that.
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#7008443 - 12/23/17 07:39 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: kry226]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Not me, personally.

But, due to the forums, I have come to detest certain buzz words or phrases:

- management buck
- cull
- score
- age
- give him another year
- why did you shoot that?
- diesel
- black rifle

I could go on and on...


An honest response. A good discussion can be just as likely to turn you off to certain ideas and beliefs as it does to make you accept them.

I have found these discussions have provided me with many opportunities to see how other hunters view the knowledge I've picked up through other sources, mixed with a lot of personal experience. On a positive side, this has made me more aware of the need to help others enjoy the sport more by helping them as needed. IMO, nothing has "dumbed down" the average hunter any more than feeder watching. A lot of guys have no desire to learn more about the sport simply because they have no need for it. There are others, who like me, didn't have a parent who hunted and could teach them. These are the ones who want to learn all they can from anyone who can teach them. On the flip side, these discussions often bring to mind that many people just aren't into taking on a greater challenge, but simply want to relax and have fun.

I've learned too that deer hunting is something that guys will be very reluctant to say they don't know something or have a problem they don't know how to fix. The male ego takes over and they just refuse to ask for help and guidance. The best example of this for me personally is when a found that a friend of mine never knew that a deer hit with a lethal shot could run some distance before dropping. He believed that if a deer ran off after he shot it, it must have been a miss. When you found a deer that he had shot at after a rather brief search, he admitted he was sure he had left many deer in the woods that he had probably hit.


Edited by Texas Dan (12/23/17 08:09 AM)
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#7008486 - 12/23/17 08:06 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Nope, no forum or messaging board is going to make me radically change what I was taught in the field by my Dad nearly 40 years ago. I will however take bits and pieces from the forum "under advisement" for sure.

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#7008493 - 12/23/17 08:10 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: DQ Kid]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Nope, no forum or messaging board is going to make me radically change what I was taught in the field by my Dad nearly 40 years ago. I will however take bits and pieces from the forum "under advisement" for sure.


What about all the advances in hunting tools and technology that didn't exist 40 years ago?
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#7008518 - 12/23/17 08:27 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
DQ Kid Offline
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Yeah, like all the mass produced and commercialized shows? The core things Iwas taught and have utilized, nope. Things like deer management, supplemental feeding and blinds and feeders, yes, yes.

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#7008522 - 12/23/17 08:30 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Was taught blind, spot and stalk and rattling by the old man around age 8-10. For newer, lesser experienced hunters, I do think the THF is a valuable gold mine of knowledge and experiences shared, for sure.

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#7008523 - 12/23/17 08:30 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
DQ Kid Offline
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Blind hunting

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#7008527 - 12/23/17 08:32 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Also think it's a great place for us greybeards to share stories, experiences and generally the cammracammra and fellowship of hunting.

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#7008531 - 12/23/17 08:33 AM Re: Have these forums created an impact on your game? [Re: Texas Dan]
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