Field judging deer is one of the hardest things to do, IMO. I am not a trophy hunter but I prefer to take 2.5 and up, so this is what I look for.
I just don't always get the that good a look at a buck before the opportunity is gone. It seems they get on me quick, and between getting ready for a shot without being seen and the hole I have to shoot through being the same spot, there's no time.
When I'm in the quick decide position there are a couple of things I look for given the angle and distance. The first is width in relation to the ears for straight on views, side views is G3 tine length, I like it to be as big or bigger than the G2, The size of the base compared to the eye socket, will tell you about the mass. I also try to note how far the antler tip extends out the nose, if it is passed the tip of the nose it's a real nice deer.
In those times of really quick decisions I have one thing I rely on exclusively. That's the OMG factor. If there's no time to properly field judge a buck, and when I see the first good time, if I don't say to myself "OH my God" I don't shoot.
Last edited by Buckshot; 05-30-2008 at 06:31 AM.