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    Default What are your standards? First buck how big will it have to be.

    First good eight pointer around 120class is going down for me.


    First does come by are going into the freezer as well.

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    Last years buck. Only good buck I saw to shoot, well best buck in shooting range with a bow.

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    2007 Buck. Just couldnt find one bigger after this one.

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    I will not shoot a spike.
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    About a 120 8 pointer in the begening of season, last few days before gun season comes in anything 100" or more is done.

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    What I look for in a buck.
    a. B & C - you bet ya. (I'm 57 and have never shot a B & C) :-(
    b. Non typical - especially if it has drop tines.
    c. large bodied animal - we've got a 6 point at the farm that is a hog (been
    a 6 point for the past 3 seasons).

    What I look for in a doe.
    a. large bodied mature animal.
    b. one that has unusual coloring / pattern (I dogged a large doe that had
    a prominate double white throat patch for 2 years without success).
    c. I do my best to try NOT to shoot a doe that has a young one with her,
    (especially if I can tell if it is a late born one or is nursing).

    With that being said, I would not hesitate to put down an animal that has
    been hurt, wounded or I can tell is ill or starving. I've only done this
    on one occasion, a doe had it's entire bottom jaw shot off - it was skin &
    bones. No, I did not use the animal. My dad passed on a small buck one
    year that had it's hind leg including the hip down blown off. It was very thin
    but still able to eat. The next season we both saw this same animal, the
    wound was completely healed over and the animal was healthy (if you
    didn't see it from it's wounded side, you would have never known it was
    missing the hind quarter. Nature can sometimes fool you.

    I've got a question for you. If you came upon a pair of bucks who's antlers
    were locked together but both were alive even though wore out. Would you
    shoot one or both of them ? I don't know if it's legal or not or if it's more of
    an ethical question. If one were dead, what would you do ?

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    Default Locked antlers bucks

    Quote Originally Posted by jim p. View Post
    What I look for in a buck.
    a. B & C - you bet ya. (I'm 57 and have never shot a B & C) :-(
    b. Non typical - especially if it has drop tines.
    c. large bodied animal - we've got a 6 point at the farm that is a hog (been
    a 6 point for the past 3 seasons).

    What I look for in a doe.
    a. large bodied mature animal.
    b. one that has unusual coloring / pattern (I dogged a large doe that had
    a prominate double white throat patch for 2 years without success).
    c. I do my best to try NOT to shoot a doe that has a young one with her,
    (especially if I can tell if it is a late born one or is nursing).

    With that being said, I would not hesitate to put down an animal that has
    been hurt, wounded or I can tell is ill or starving. I've only done this
    on one occasion, a doe had it's entire bottom jaw shot off - it was skin &
    bones. No, I did not use the animal. My dad passed on a small buck one
    year that had it's hind leg including the hip down blown off. It was very thin
    but still able to eat. The next season we both saw this same animal, the
    wound was completely healed over and the animal was healthy (if you
    didn't see it from it's wounded side, you would have never known it was
    missing the hind quarter. Nature can sometimes fool you.

    I've got a question for you. If you came upon a pair of bucks who's antlers
    were locked together but both were alive even though wore out. Would you
    shoot one or both of them ? I don't know if it's legal or not or if it's more of
    an ethical question. If one were dead, what would you do ?
    I would get my cell out and call the local game warden and get permission to do whatever needed to do to save the one buck that was still alive. I just cant see shooting it, for me it just wouldnt be right.
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    im waiting for a 140 + i know there on the farm and ill probably wait to shoot anything smaller until the rut is over

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    The first buck 2.5-3 years old or better that gets within 25 yards. When I want a doe I just wait for one to be broadside at 15 yards and she gets it, as long as she has no spots.

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    We have a pretty strict rule system. 1st buck can be anything 2.5 and up. A second buck needs to be at least 140 (3.5). We do not shoot 1.5 year old bucks period. After the year I had last year the first 2.5 year old that presents himself this year with be delt with via carbon injection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Boone View Post
    First good eight pointer around 120class is going down for me.


    First does come by are going into the freezer as well.

    DB

    Last years buck. Only good buck I saw to shoot, well best buck in shooting range with a bow.

    What are your standards?  First buck how big will it have to be. - Bowhunting forum


    2007 Buck. Just couldnt find one bigger after this one.

    What are your standards?  First buck how big will it have to be. - Bowhunting forum
    I made the mistake of passing a buck this size last year because it was second day of archery season and I had pictures of a lot bigger deer. I ended up empty handed by passing it up. It came about 4 yards from stand feed around me for about 20 minutes.
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    I would get my cell out and call the local game warden and get permission to do whatever needed to do to save the one buck that was still alive. I just cant see shooting it, for me it just wouldnt be right.
    DB
    I understand where your coming from and what your saying DB. At the time I put the doe down, cell phones were rare. Ohio has 1 game warden per county. I have always done my best to be known by him / her. They understand my thoughs on this and would do the same - but can not give an official "ok".
    For me, it's strictly that I can not take seeing an animal suffer - especially for any length of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim p. View Post
    I understand where your coming from and what your saying DB. At the time I put the doe down, cell phones were rare. Ohio has 1 game warden per county. I have always done my best to be known by him / her. They understand my thoughs on this and would do the same - but can not give an official "ok".
    For me, it's strictly that I can not take seeing an animal suffer - especially for any length of time.
    I was told if I shoot a wounded buck I must place a tag on it. Im not going to give up a tag on a wounded buck. I would most likely harvest it and leave it lay if it was truly suffering. Im just being honest. I once removed the antlers from a dead buck that I found. I was told I would get a ticket if caught with those antlers during season. Its can be a tough call at times but I would most likely put it down and leave it.
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    130's or better or 3.5 old plus.

    However, if I see any wounded deer, buck or doe, I will burn my tag.

    We get 2 bucks per yr. and endless archery doe tags.
    Be good or be good at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed View Post
    130's or better or 3.5 old plus.

    However, if I see any wounded deer, buck or doe, I will burn my tag.

    We get 2 bucks per yr. and endless archery doe tags.
    I always thought it was a one buck state. I know my standards are higher hunting there. I passed a good 125 class there last time I hunted and came home empty handed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Boone View Post
    I always thought it was a one buck state. I know my standards are higher hunting there. I passed a good 125 class there last time I hunted and came home empty handed.
    DB
    That is the guideline rule for hunting our farm. My personal guideline is if I won't mount it, I pass.
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    I'm hoping 130" or higher. I've seen bigger deer last year. They never presented a shot. I passed 3 bucks last year that were low 120's. Man was I tempted, couldn't bring myself to poke an arrow through any of them, Especially with all the bucks I was seeing. Ended up not shooting a buck last year. So I have my fingers crossed that some of last years 120's will still be around and bigger.



    As for Does. Its open season. Anything 80lbs or better is fair game for me.
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    160 or higher... otherwise I shoot does and culls
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    I am with DB my buck I shot last year. Was 118 but I thought he was a good buck.For the year,everything allways comes out right at dark.I am looking forward to sticking some slicks this year.
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    Cool I got only one thing to write !

    Quote Originally Posted by Duck65 View Post
    I will not shoot a spike.
    + 1 , hope I don't regret that !

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    since jersey deer dont get that big to begin with, im hoping just to see a deer this comming archery season

    If it looks to be a big doe, or even a small buck, ill probably take it, even thou i'd like to get an actuall buck this year, not the spike i shot a couple of years ago
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