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Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7785732 03/26/20 12:19 PM
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very nice


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Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7785746 03/26/20 12:29 PM
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Very special buck and thank you for the story . Congratulations .


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Awesome buck and great story

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cheers

Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7785975 03/26/20 05:01 PM
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Very enjoyable read! Congratulations and you certainly did the right thing taking that buck considering the circumstances with the neighbors. Those are beautiful mounts and good luck in the future! I am going to show my son this story because it is so instructive on how a deer's headgear can grow from year to year.

Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: freerange] #7786026 03/26/20 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by freerange
Wow!! Great buck and great story. Showing the year by year progression is a GREAT learning tool for all of us. Thanks a ton for posting. That 4yr 8 pt would of been killed on many many leases and almost any small small place. Letting a buck go at 4 or 5 doesn't always mean he will get a lot bigger but he absolutely will not get bigger if hes killed too young. Killing a real big buck there is always some luck involved and multiply that on very small places but for you to imply you even considered passing up that size buck at 5 would of meant hoping for lottery type odds. Congrats.



You are exactly right in that not every deer will get a lot bigger from age 4 on, but most certainly will not lose anything unless they get injured or it is simply a really bad year for groceries.
It is not that difficult for me to pass up even a great deer like he was at 4 as an upper 30s 8 because I have been blessed to already have two 8s on the wall bigger.
I've always lived by the rule if you have one bigger on the wall than the deer you are looking at and he is not fully mature, let em walk.

And absolutely there is a hell of a lot of luck involved in killing any mature buck, especially on a small place like ours.
I've been very blessed no doubt but please keep in mind that I've let many, many great young deer walk over the years only to have someone across the fence from the lease I was on kill them.....or a neighbor right down the road. So, I guess I've made enough 'deposits' that maybe I was able to enjoy a big 'dividend'. Either way, I'm certainly very, very thankful for sure.

Last.....I was not at all joking that if the circumstances hadn't have changed so drastically from the previous years, I damn sure wouldn't have pulled the trigger.


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Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: Ringtail] #7786030 03/26/20 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Ringtail
Very enjoyable read! Congratulations and you certainly did the right thing taking that buck considering the circumstances with the neighbors. Those are beautiful mounts and good luck in the future! I am going to show my son this story because it is so instructive on how a deer's headgear can grow from year to year.

Thank you sir

Very much appreciated.

Teach that young man the value of letting em walk from an early age and you will not regret it.
My boy has really made me proud many times letting deer walk that many would have killed. He did it once on a public lands hunt on the Chap as a 15 year old when we had a 135-140" 10 point stroll past on the first day of the 3 1/2 day hunt. The deer was easily 5.5 years old and he put the rifle up on him and even clicked off the safety two different times. When I asked him why he didn't shoot he told me that we were on the Chap and he couldn't pull the trigger knowing there was even a small chance that the buck of a lifetime might show himself in the next couple of days!
cheers


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Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7786168 03/26/20 08:32 PM
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Welcome back with a bang!!!

Congrats awesome deer


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Welcome back with a bang!!!

Congrats awesome deer

Thank you sir

Much appreciated


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Exceptional buck, sir. cheers

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Originally Posted by SnakeWrangler
Great read and buck... cheers


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Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7786395 03/27/20 12:15 AM
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Thanks for sharing a great story. Very nice buck!

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Congrats on an awesome buck! cheers

Great story and pics!


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Loved the story and pics too, CONGRATS!

Re: My Personal Best Ever [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #7786927 03/27/20 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ILUVBIGBUCKS
Thank you all very much and again I apologize for the long read.




No apology needed. That was a great read and a great deer. Love hearing stories like this. up


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Thank you all very much and again I apologize for the long read.




No apology needed. That was a great read and a great deer. Love hearing stories like this. up

x2 on not needing to apologize for the long read. Anybody that doesn't like to hear a good hunting story is probably on the wrong forum. Wish more guys would do it. They pay guys a lot of money to write hunting stories for hunting magazines. Cut my teeth back in the day reading stories in Outdoor Life and Field & Steam. This thread may keep going for awhile for several reasons. Showing the progression of his horn growth and the lesson it teaches about what happens when you let them grow up is awesome. And then you add the blow by blow of the hunt. Only down side, IMO, is it offers false hope for small acreage. Not to down grade what you did, but for MOST small small properties that's like catching lightning in a bottle. Congrats again on the accomplishment, showing the progression pics, and the story.


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Great buck and excellent story.


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Dang you did it again, heck of a buck! Hard to believe where he came from. Congrats


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Awesome story and awesome buck!

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Hell of a buck up
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Cool that you got to watch him grow

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Dang nice buck up
Them mesquites in the last picture would sure be nice on the mill.


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Dang you did it again, heck of a buck! Hard to believe where he came from. Congrats

No kidding. I know the area pretty good. In laws live close by. Hope the smaller places don't mess up your future hunting. It will be interesting to see what effect this virus plays in commercial development. I'm hoping it slows down a tad but don't expect it too. That's the fastest growing part of the country.


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