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Coulda woulda #8957622 11/18/23 07:29 PM
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I had about a minute to consider this deer Friday evening in SW Young county. Decided to pass and now looking at the pics I am kicking myself.
Really cool deer.

Will be back at it Friday.

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Good buck. Shoulda. grin


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Love the split G2’s!



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I would've punched his ticket..

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Good luck. Maybe he will show back up.

I’ve been in that situation before and end up taking him last day of season.


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Awesome young county buck . I am picky but wouldn’t have thought twice .

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Definitely shoulda. i shot a 136" two years ago which has made me more picky.
Plus it's a one-buck lease.

So what do we think? 3.5 and 125? I'm the worst at judging my own deer.

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I could see why you waited. He is one heavy dude but it's early in the season. I have always said, if you have to think about it, don't shoot.

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4 1/2 lower 140’s.


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Looks like a textbook Young Co 4.5YO to me. I think he breaks 130 with the kickers

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Very nice buck.
It’s your choice, I already passed two good ones this weekend.

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Originally Posted by steve_twice
Definitely shoulda. i shot a 136" two years ago which has made me more picky.
Plus it's a one-buck lease.

So what do we think? 3.5 and 125? I'm the worst at judging my own deer.



4 year old and mid 130’s.


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I know the feeling. I passed a real nice one this season. I don't call myself a trophy hunter, but I know there is potential for a real trophy on our place, already got a meat doe, and a lot of season left. Proud of myself for letting him walk, but If he shows again near end of season, he might die.

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Originally Posted by Smokey Bear
4 1/2 lower 140’s.

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I think it depends on the quality of deer you see on your lease. Where I hunt in Mills county, we have the numbers, but not the size. I would have shot. If I often saw similar deer, since it is early in the season, I would have passed.

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let him mature - he looks 4 - could be a stud in a year or two. As hard as it is to pass on a nice buck like that if he adds 20 inches over the next year or two you will have a true trophy IMO


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Originally Posted by tlk
let him mature - he looks 4 - could be a stud in a year or two. As hard as it is to pass on a nice buck like that if he adds 20 inches over the next year or two you will have a true trophy IMO



Agreed. Nice 4 year olds are in the most danger as they are very tempting to many hunters


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If brown, that one would have been down. I've let some good ones walk also this year. Not to worry there will be others.

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He looks 4.5-5yo to me...

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Would have to see him live but in the pics he looks like a 51/2 year old to me

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Originally Posted by Bowhunter 64
Would have to see him live but in the pics he looks like a 51/2 year old to me

Looking again, he does look 5+..

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Big rump, bit of a sagging belly, protruding brisket and a little sway back. I bet that buck is 5.5 years old.
I am very picky with the small acreage that I hunt, but would have taken him in a heart beat.

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The nearly kissing mains are really an attractive trait. And to stay intact thru the rut is impressive

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Originally Posted by Texas buckeye
The nearly kissing mains are really an attractive trait. And to stay intact thru the rut is impressive


When he walked out into the wheat I instantly whispered "shooter" under my breath. Need to learn to trust that instinct. I just overthought this one. Hope to see him again but we also have two wide 8s on camera that are are absolute hammers so I'm pumped for the rest of the season. Spending time in the woods with good friends is a blessing so if I just end up with a doe for the freezer I'm a happy man.

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As of Friday he is alive ... this work thing is really messing up my time in the stand. [Linked Image]

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