Breaking my own rules
Wow! I never thought I would be in a situation that I would not only be considering, but contemplating on breaking my own hunt rules. every year I go into the field with the goal of harvesting meat. I buy 2 combo tags each season. (a combo tag is 1 either sex deer and 1 antlerless deer.) (in Illinois, we are allowed to harvest only 2 antlered per per season).the second combo tag is an insurance tag that allows me to shoot a spike and the 14 pointer that follows 50yds behind him. with the rut still 4 weeks away and the high probability of seeing and or shooting a really phenomenal buck and only one more either sex tag left, I find my self in the precarious situation of possibly letting a lesser buck pass. This has never happened before.
Here in MN were only allowed to shoot 1 buck per season gun or bow so I wait for the big ones. I personally would let all the small bucks walk and grow bigger
I would wait and shoot 2 big ones
case history in my hunting area would dictate the following. waiting to shoot two big ones would carry the same outcome as, you snooze you lose. you have to meet opportunity with malice and forethought. I have one buck in the freezer now so I am not under the pressure to get my first score of the season and with the rut approaching I don't want to cheat myself of the opportunity of rattling in a NICE NICE buck. Besides, I got a really nice new set of rattling horns to try out.
good postition to be in. Your freezer has meat and you have more tags. I would wait on an older buck as well. Use the doe tags to fill the freezer and save that last tag for the big boy that is gonna walk in front of you this season.
I'd go for a biggie! It also lets the smaller ones grow bigger as I shoot trophies
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