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Old 10-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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One of my favorite things about whitetail is seeing what their antlers turn in to when they hit maturity. They don't always blow up but when they do it sure is a reward.

The first picture is a buck I almost shot in 2010. A branch was hanging across his vitals so I did not get a shot. After getting more pictures of him and sharing them with a couple of buddies they advised me that he was 4.5yr and if I could stand it let him walk. So I decided that is what I would do. The only way I could do that is not hunt in that area at all. I knew if he walked in I would have smoked him. He would have been my biggest buck yet.

In 2011 I could not believe what he turned in to. He gained around 20" but his character completely changed. He went from a typical 10 pt to 15 points. By the time I finally got him on the ground he had broken off one kicker. This is my best success story for Letting em' walk!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
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Good stuff!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:08 AM   #3
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Great buck!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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This is another buck that blew up the same year but did not have the same ending. This buck showed up at my spot and hung around for three days. The day after I pulled my camera card and saw him, I got a picture sent to me of him dead. My last picture of him was at 10:30am. At 6:30am the next day he got ran over. He was 3 miles as the crow flies from my stand when he got ran over. I was told he scored around 180.

The first picture was him in 2010.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:12 AM   #5
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Yep we had a buck go from a 9 at 4.5 to a 16 at 5.5. Made a believer out of me
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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Nice
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:26 AM   #7
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Great deer, congrats
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:32 AM   #8
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thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #9
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Nice buck are the half mule deer .................................jk congrats on one heck of a deer
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:42 AM   #10
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Nice deer
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:47 AM   #11
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That's a stud for sure thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:49 AM   #12
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Yep we had a buck go from a 9 at 4.5 to a 16 at 5.5. Made a believer out of me
Do you have any pictures you can share?
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:06 AM   #13
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Nothing more important than letting them grow! It's the on aspect of management that's easiest to do!
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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I sure hope more folks read this thread and understand the importance of letting bucks get OLD. I see more and more threads with guys chomping at the bit to kill really young bucks. The drive to "KILL" gets in the way of true management. Growing them big is fun to do, Glad you posted up your successes.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:49 AM   #15
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Great pics. One thing to say it, another to show proof of it
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #16
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Super buck. Way to control what you could. Shame about the road victim.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:41 PM   #17
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I sure hope more folks read this thread and understand the importance of letting bucks get OLD. I see more and more threads with guys chomping at the bit to kill really young bucks. The drive to "KILL" gets in the way of true management. Growing them big is fun to do, Glad you posted up your successes.
I agree there are a few ranches letting bucks grow to really old ages and they seem to be getting some giants. Awesome reply.

Very nice buck congratulations on your trophy!
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #18
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Man, good thing you took their advice. THAT is a nice buck right there!
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:16 PM   #19
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Really good stuff! Thanks for posting....great examples.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:19 PM   #20
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Nice buck for sure, congrats on him.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #21
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Heck of a couple bucks for sure! I sure hope my efforts to do the same start showing this year an next.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #22
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Monster buck you got there. Congrats on getting him and taking a chance to let him go one more year. It is very rewarding when it all comes together.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:31 PM   #23
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:03 PM   #24
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Great thread!
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #25
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That's awesome !!
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