Dont want to bother anyone... but
Hi everyone, i am also new to this site (Your all thinking "ugh another new kid to entertain") but i dont want to be like the other 100 annoying kids running around the forum. (no offence) Just have a simple question for some of the more experienced moderators... If your hunting deer for the meat only, is it shameful to shoot a smaller buck? People always tell me to let them grow but i just cant imagine an old, tough buck is going to taste as good as a younger one. Just looking for some opinions, and thanks in advanced!
For meat only, shoot a doe (when allowed) or a spike. In fact, ALWAYS shoot a spike, unless you're in a club that still lumps spikes in with branched-antlered bucks, which is incorrect but that's a discussion for another time.
Here's the situations when I say it's ok to shoot a small buck (i.e. a 4 or 6 point that is obviously sporting its first set of antlers):
1) You're under 16 and it's your first deer.
2) You depend on the meat to live (if you have a computer and internet access, you don't qualify for this one)
3) It's the last day of the season and your wife has declared a yard-sale on hunting gear if you don't bring something home.
4) Your herd is overcrowded and your authorized to shoot anything you see (if this ever happens, PM me so I can give you my phone number)
Personally for me, where I hunt there are so many does that if I were just hunting for the meat I would not even bother with a buck I'd shoot the first doe to come along.
if your hunting your on land or public land shoot whatever deer you want too. a trophy to some is a doe and others a trophy is only a 120 class or better deer.
is it shameful to shoot a smaller buck? absolutely not. if that makes you happy shoot it the first chance you get. and yes meat from a young buck should taste a little better than a buck that is 3-6 yrs old.
personally for me now i let the small bucks walk and wait on a doe to show up when im hunting for deer meat. plus eliminating a doe helps keep your deer herd in check..
there is no right and wrong way in choosing between a big buck or a small buck. if your on your own land or public land then the decision is strickly up to you. now if your in a club please pay attention to your club rules.
and welcome to the site.
thanks for the advise so far, i think im leaning towards a doe now... but we all know what its like when a nice big buck stops up to your stand! i have to say i wouldnt hesitate to shoot. anyway, thanks for taking some time out of your day to answer a young hunters question
if its a big buck... SHOOT IT.. you might not see him again. you can get a doe or young buck for the meat later if that what you want.
Beleive me, Buckfever, I would!
first off if you have a tag and and a license shoot whatever YOU WANT other peoples opinions are just that opinions.If its a legal animal your well within your rights.I personally hunt for meat and could care less bout racks,aint found a way to cook em yet.I like to shoot does cuz we got so many they hand out the tags pretty liberally.Any deer you take legally by any legal means is a trophy DONT LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.Now get out and hunt:boxing:
well said joel
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