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Old 10-01-2018, 07:13 PM   #1
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This is for a high-fenced MLD place with introduced deer. Need to shoot some bucks this year per our counts. We have identified some real good deer to shoot and some to put on the no-shoot due to age. We've also identified some deer at least 3.5 that should be better and will be culled. Have one that I'm not sure what to do with. He was higher scoring last year due to being non-typical but this year is a an 8 with a couple kickers. He'd make someone a really nice trophy as a big 8. So would you shoot or give another year?


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Old 10-01-2018, 07:30 PM   #2
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Pass. I’d be willing to bet he explodes next year.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:38 PM   #3
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If you know he is 3.5 I would give him a pass for another year to see what happens.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:08 PM   #4
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What's his age just to clarify...
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:16 PM   #5
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Give him another year, possibly 2.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:16 PM   #6
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If you’re trying to improve your herd to eliminate main frame 8s I would take him out. Great buck, no argument, but let the main frame 10s/12s do all of the breeding.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:20 PM   #7
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If youre trying to improve your herd to eliminate main frame 8s I would take him out. Great buck, no argument, but let the main frame 10s/12s do all of the breeding.
This. I have him at 5.5 or older.................
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:18 PM   #8
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What's his age just to clarify...
I dont know for sure. Id guess he was at least 4 last year and maybe 5. Which means hes at least 5 this year.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:21 PM   #9
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I dont know for sure. Id guess he was at least 4 last year and maybe 5. Which means hes at least 5 this year.
Gotcha, guess it depends on your management program. Sounds like its pretty intense, which would probably put him on the lower end of your 5 yr olds.. ..good luck with whatever you decide

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Old 10-01-2018, 10:27 PM   #10
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I need to go back further than last year and see if I can find him and see if I can figure out exactly how old he is. He’s score wise behind most deer his age because of a lack of points but his frame is pretty good.

I tend to look for reasons not to shoot them. Ha. And that lack of aggression has us with needing to shoot some deer.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:28 PM   #11
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I would bet that non-typical rack was due to antler injury and not likely to show back up. only one way to find out though
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:29 PM   #12
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I bet i could make a decision for you, without any hesitation!
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #13
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I would bet that non-typical rack was due to antler injury and not likely to show back up. only one way to find out though
I hear you.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:00 AM   #14
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Kill him
Getting old
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:24 AM   #15
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easiest way to decide to keep a deer or not is ask yourself, do you want to see more like him. I would shoot him. if he is on the lower end of his age class, that's an automatic ride to the cooler.
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:30 AM   #16
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In my opinion this is an older deer. I think on a high fence place with introduced genetics I would be killing most of the main frame 8's on the place by 4.5. Wish I had that luxury of having to "cull" bucks like this.
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:42 AM   #17
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I think that deer is 5.5 or older and would make a great trophy for someone. But needs to go unless your wanting big 8's and not big 10's/12's
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:02 PM   #18
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hammer time. mature. huge 8.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:38 PM   #19
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Huge body last year and this year. I bet I could get you a hunter. I work with a guy that is obsessed with trying to kill a big 8 like this. Beautiful buck.


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Old 10-02-2018, 08:52 PM   #20
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IMO people nowadays looking to buy hunts are after big typicals, not so much the non-topicals. If he lost the trash and still has the length I’d give him another year and see what he does.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:59 PM   #21
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Choooot!!!
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:10 PM   #22
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Pass my 240" was a main frame 8 at that age with kickers. He blew up and had 21 scoreable points at 7.5yrs when I killed him
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:45 PM   #23
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Im a seeing a mature deer for sure. Depending on your management plan/goals Id say he needs to be removed. Let me know if you need someone to take him out for you
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #24
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It would depend on your ranch plan on what you want...He looks young but some ranches want all eights taken out at 3.5....like I said, depends on your ranch plan....some of the folks on TBH will never see a deer that big and would shoot a 110" 8 point just as fast...
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:55 AM   #25
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Unless you want a bunch of 8s running around, you better shoot him.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:33 PM   #26
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fattest 3.5 year I have ever seen
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:14 PM   #27
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Looks 5+ to me. If he is the lower end of those age classes why keep him? Sell to the highest bidder and pay on the feed bill!
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:24 PM   #28
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Pass
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:27 PM   #29
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That deer I feel is 6 or older with great food. He definitely needs to go. I think he may get bigger next year but I doubt it is a huge jump. Heck of a cull. Someone is going to be lucky to shoot him.

Any more pics of the deer that are on the shoot list?
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #30
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Beautiful 8 but I would have to take him out!
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