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Old 10-24-2007, 07:44 PM
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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!
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:36 PM
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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)
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:18 PM
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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.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:28 PM
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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.
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:24 PM
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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
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:52 PM
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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.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:22 AM
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Shoot a doe if ya want some good meat.. Young bucks are good eating too. But let those little fellers grow up to big wall mounting beauties... Just a suggestion
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:07 AM
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Yeah Mr. Signman you got it. Just think about the number of deer that fall victims to vehicles year round. Some are trophys and some are not. But nobody can decide what their going to kill with their vehicles it just happens. Before this lady told me not to shoot the does because they are the mother deer but a couple days later she hit and killed a doe with her truck. I said "what I can't harvest a doe hunting it but you can run one over and kill it". I don't know if this post makes sense to anybody but thinking about that weirds me out. Anyways, Lever think of this if you do shoot a smaller buck you give that big breeder buck another day to run the country side making more deer for us right. And more deer for that dumb lady to wreck her vehicles with. LOL
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