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We have been 'trying' to let some deer grow old. This guy made it from last year. Let him go if I get the chance, or not. I know he is nice, but what if he gets another year to breed??? He was a decent 8pt last year, and this year he has 10pts. He has remained unseen by us on our land. I got him on camera twice this year so far. Nowhere near any of our food plots. He is actually using a crossing that my daughter found while we were fishing a pond next to a blacktop road. In the last pic, he is actually about 20 yards from the road!!!
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Just me!
Just me but my advice would be to shoot him. That is last years pics so he should be a bit bigger this year than he was last year. Obviously it is a personal decision with no answer that applies to everyone. Personally I would have shot him last year. Just really depends on where you hunt and how well you can manage your land.
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Velvet
Mike,

The velvet picture is of him from two weeks ago. When I zoom the pics, I can tell for sure that it is the same buck. The hard horn pictures are from last season, and both are in scrapes.
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shoot him or not
I would kill him
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kill him
if you dont someone else will, hes defanitly a shooter this year.
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Quality vs. trophy
He looks to be a mature deer - not a a 6-year-old or anything, but a good mature buck.

I would probably shoot him, but if you guys are going for REALLY big bucks it's probably a deer you want to take a chance on letting walk one more year.

But, of course, the danger is that it'll leave the property and get shot, or it could die from the stresses of the rut or disease or something.

There's one thing for certain: He won't get any bigger if you shoot him.

I'd say whatever decision you make depends on the goal: quality deer or trophy deer. Those are two different animals (pun intended).

As Mike said, it's a personal deal. Be sure and let us know what you decide.
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Age???
I do not know for sure how old he is, I do not know what/who he was in 2008. He was nice in 2009, but just a 'plain' 8pt, no defining characteristics, stickers, or identifiable points. But I do think he was at least 3 1/2 years old last year, maybe 4 1/2? So my best guess is that he is either 4 1/2 or 5 1/2 this fall???

I used to use the 'We better shoot him, before the neighbor does' school of thought. Now we just take the chance and let them walk. It's been 5 years now, and I don't know if people's views have changed against the 'if it's brown, it's down' theory, or these older Bucks just avoid us better than the younger ones, but I am seeing more and more bucks make it from year to year.

It's exciting and fun to name them and follow them to maturity.........and then hopefully get a chance at one the older bucks.

I know I have seen more than one 'ONCE IN A LIFETIME' bucks on my property in the last few years??? On camera that is, to see one in the daylight is a different story!!!
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age
I don't think that deer is over 4. Probably just making his fourth birthday, but what a beauty. Whether you decide to take it or not, it sure feels good to see quality like that hanging around. Good luck.
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Shoot
I can promise you I'd shoot
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my take
well here is what i would do, if i had killed one his size already, then i would pass, for meat i would kill does or others but i would leave him as a potential trophy. that is if i had killed one his size, if not i would shoot him... thing is saying if u don't shoot him someone will is the mentatlity that keeps the cycle going, u passed on him before and no one shot him, he is smarter now so the odds are in his favor more so now, so passing is less risky then when he was younger. nowe in my case i never shot one his size so i would have him on my wall given the chance.

i would say he is atleast 4-1/2 - 5-1/2, depends on how they grow in that area. now way that deer was 2-1/2 in the first pics.
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take it if you get it
He is definately mature and at 4 1/2 or older his rack is not going to get much bigger(unless your on the tecomate ranch). He is just going to get more and more elusive so if he slips up and shows...I would not pass on him.

If he puts a smile on your face then he is 'trophy' enough.
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trophy!!!
Wow Andy, you must have an awesome place to hunt if you pass up deer like that! Love to see your trophy room! Since less than 1% of bucks live to be 41/2 yrs. old, and 51/2 is not even measurable, i'd have to say that's a heck of a trophy buck. Also less than 1% of bucks ever male 10pts. You answered your own questions when u said he appeared last year as large 8, classic 41/2 then, 51/2 now. He has already bred many does, and even a 11/2 yr. old spike would possess his jeans and breed the does without him anyway. I'll bet u will never see him in the daylight, 51/2yr. old deer are almost impossible to kill. Good luck tho, and a heck of a trophy in my area.
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agreed
yes i agree that deer is trophy for sure... i would be jumping at a chance for him
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agreed
yes i agree that deer is trophy for sure... i would be jumping at a chance for him
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i know where he's sleeping!
I got about 100 pictures of him last week.If you look close on the last pic you can still c the notch from last year. good luck too ya!
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Shoot or Not
Hey bud if you can put that rack in your hands, show it to your friends and family, and be proud of your harvest. Get that big boy tagged this season. Team Eaton www.TagginOutHunting.com
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Wassup Dude?
Hey Louie,

I tried to email you, but I don't think it went through?

Give me a shout, I wanted to know if you guys saw that deer with the 'hole in the neck' again???

milioto1@yahoo.com
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