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As a fellow VA hunter...I know your delima. In my area, that would be a top buck. I would shoot. To pass is your choice...but with all the dog running, trespassing, poaching, night hunting in VA...it is getting hard to manage any size property. We have already found one deer poached this season all ready...and they are still in velvet. I passed a nice 7 pointer last year several times...probably 1.5 year old, no more than 2.5 year. Just needed to grow in my opinion. Found his head during spring turkey season...single buck shot hole thru the skull, looked like a direct shot from behind (running away shot). Deer obviously wasn't recovered. I don't regret letting him go...but you have to expect that sort of thing to happen here in VA. By the way, we called the game warden about the poached deer. They asked if we saw who did it. We said No. They said they didn't care then. Didn't even want to come have a look. Also remember this...If you think it isn't big enough, and needs to grow some more...if you shoot it, it definately won't be around next year.
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