I hunt for meat not antlers. If I ever saw a 130 class buck (whatever that is ) I’d probably fall out of the tree. We just don’t have those type of deer around here, so it’s never an issue. I’ll take the first legal deer I see.
Joined: 2/17/2006it would depend on which ones i could lay eyes in daytime hours.
Joined: 7/7/2006Here is WIS I can shoot a couple does so I’ll have the meat, but I would really like to bag a big boy walking around the place (also my excuse to extend my season unless he show up early).
Joined: 7/15/2007As far as hunting for meat goes, I’ll shoot does for that. But I wont shoot a buck unless he is a good one. I have got pictures of deer on the farm I have permission to hunt in Ohio that would go 160 maybe 170 and in Indiana I have got pictures of a few 150 to 160 class animals. I know there is potential to kill a 180 class on both farms, I will not be shooting any small bucks this year. I’d just as soon not shoot a buck as shoot a small one, those little guys are the big boys of tomorrow, no point in wasting a good buck because you just want to kill something with horns. This is JMO of course, I know some people don’t have farms with this sort of potential to hunt on.
Joined: 6/25/2004Go for the big boy!!
You can fill the freezer with meat from does…….
If it was here in SC………first buck gets an arrow,and the second,and the third,and the fourth,ect……………..
Joined: 1/23/2005I’d wait for the big one but if the season is rapping up them I would go for the smaller one.
Joined: 8/29/2005I’m in your exact same situation right now. I have seen multiple bucks that I would be more than happy with, but just last night I saw 2 that were 145-155 class bucks…
I think I’ll be holding out until after the rut for those big boys…
Joined: 5/9/2006I was faced with that last year. I had a nice 120 come by and had a nice shot opportunity but I also had trail camera pics of a definate 140+ and held off. Rifle hunter shot it 3 weeks later and I never did take a buck. (4 does) Than again I guess I haven’t shot a buck since 04. I got my personal monster in 03 and it has kind of changed things a bit for me. Besides the does I’ve taken the last few years have eaten really well.
Joined: 8/11/2005alright, here’s how i feel. i would absolutely love nothing more than to have a 150″+ mature mountain buck within bow range and to close the deal. it’s something i constantly think about and strive for. i mean i can seriously close my eyes and picture a November morning being in the stand, the cold biting at my nose and having a hawg of a buck come trotting through the mountain looking for love. i can actually feel the adrenalin rushing through my veins, the nervousness, the deep heartbeat, the whole deal.
so, it is my decision to hold out for one of the big bucks. however, by making this decision i’m almost guaranteeing that i’ll have a chance at a 130″ 8 point along with other borderline bucks the entire season. it is during these moments that my will power will be tested and if i hold out i may be rewarded, and i may not be, but it is my fate for this season and i have to be disciplined to reach my dreams.
Joined: 2/27/2005To me, thats a big buck so i would shoot. Then again, my time afield is limited. If i had more time to hunt, i would pass.
Joined: 5/16/2006Until I take a 120-130 inch buck with a bow, he is a definite “shooter”.
Getting within bow range, in bow season, to one of the “big boys” is a low probability gamble IMO. So shoot what makes you happy!
Assuming you get at least one doe tag too, I’d go for the P&Y bucks, but pass on the littler guys.
Jeff K in IL
Joined: 11/1/2005Big boy, I have an 120″, and a 130″ buck on the wall, I need bigger now…
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