That's a dead goat if I'm in that blind. If I didn't shoot in 20mph wind I'd never shoot all year here on the prairie! Everything about my set-up is built to shoot in the wind. Heavy, small diameter, high speed arrow.
Drycreek, I believe Glunt's aimpoint was based on wind blowing from left to right 20mph, so it would push the arrow right into the boiler. It all depends on how much the wind affects your particular setup.
Looking at the first picture and not getting a decent view of the prongs I was going to pass. After seeing the same buck in the video and taking into account that it took 1 pp I'd take the shot. I'm leaving in 3 weeks for a hunt that took me 18 pp and would pass that buck on the first day and hope that I didn't regret it :)
Even 1 pt units can have big bucks. He looks closer to 13 to me if that. Ears are 6 inches he has about twice his ear length. Not a bad bow buck by any means. Looks like an active waterhole , wait for a bigger one.
After the video and a better look I'd probably shoot that goat if he came to water. I wouldn't shoot him at 35 yards. It would be hard to shoot right off the bat opening morning as I really enjoy watching antelope and my hunt would be over. Pretty buck for sure.
There are 12 measurements on an antelope and 10 of them are affected by mass. Extra horn or prong length don't do near as much for the score as does mass that runs the length of the horn. He is fairly thin the entire length. I also agree with Bowfreak and Sage Buffalo. I would want to get a better look at the one on the horizon, which would almost surely come in with other antelope at the water. And, if you kill first thing opening morning, you mist a LOT of antelope watching, which is really the most fun part of the hunt.
Glunt, your setup, which I didn't know, never entered my mind. Now that I know, I agree. I probably should have said that I have taken that shot in the past, at ranges farther than 35 yd. , but I was pulling 70 lb. then. Now, at 58 lb. , I might have to rethink 35 yd. and a 20 mph wind, even with a 450gr. FMJ. Hell, I might even rethink 35 yd. with no wind !
I heartily agree on your two scores also, shoot or pass ! I'll steal that phrase if you don't mind........
Stick: You are 100% right. Unless you have another tag for deer I recommend never tagging out the first morning as these hunts usually take place in areas where there's little else to do. Unless it's a true giant.
So why not get great video and pics and tag out another day (unless rain is coming). Unless it's a buck over 74+inches you won't really be able to tell between a 65-70 inch buck anyway.
My 1st hunt was drawn with no points & we had some real nice Bucks. Buddy took a P&Y & everyone filled tags. Last year we burned FIVE points & NEVER saw 1 P&Y or many Bucks period. 5 guys, 5 Bucks & 4 Doe tags. 3 Bucks 2 Does taken. Not the greatest for what we thought with 5 points would be good.
Only reason for me not to shoot is maybe just not right shot in reality? !4 inch good prongs and yes mid 70's as I see it. If there were bigger in area maybe a passs in hopes but lets not let greed cloud any sound judgement s. Easier said then done I understand that also.
About half the time, I'd expect him to take 2 steps forward while the arrow is in flight and laugh at you. But he's definitely a shooter. I'd take the shot, but if I hit him, it would not surprise me to hit him in the left side. Their reaction time is unbelievable.
Wherever you hunt, spend some time driving around for a bit ... you'll get a good idea of what the bucks in that area are looking like. It's usually pretty obvious after a couple hours what class of bucks one should target.
Cnelk, we should have a good time up there this year. Dry conditions, and heat, should concentrate the animals, and keep them coming in for water.
If I am in the blind that's a dead buck. My aim point would be similar to 12 yards. Even if it's the first day of a 14 day hunt. I would be heading to Ne to continue chasing antelope within hours after the buck was dead.