For me, that would be a non-resident tag in a state well-known for some real monsters. I’ve got plenty of racks in that size bracket out in the garage, and assuming that I get one tag on this deal, this would be the end of the hunt.
I’m just not seeing any real reason to take this one, unless it’s my last day, the freezer is empty, and I’m down to the last of shooting light.
But even then.... you never know what the next 5 minutes might bring.
My father was a meat hunter to the core, yet he always managed to shoot the biggest buck in camp. When asked if the meat or antlers were more important to him, he'd simply state "if I'm going to kill a deer for the freezer, I might as well kill the biggest one I can find."
I’m hunting deer, with big antlers. Shoot a deer with big antlers and unbelievable there’s meat attached! That deer is a young deer he gets a pass for two more years. And yes Bou I’m hunting in Ct. if you want meat shoot a doe.
Brad I think you made the right choice although let’s face it, Nebraska is not the big buck state that KS or Iowa is. He has a small (inside the ear spread) and short tines. It’s early November and you will likely find another opportunity at a buck equally as big or bigger
I’d pass that buck in every state except Connecticut. ;) I hunt deer for meat and horns , both parts make up the animal. If I shot the first 2.5 year old that came by there wouldn’t be much “hunting” to it. I like to hunt too much to kill the first thing that walks by.
I passed two like that in Iowa several years ago, and two like that in Kansas after that, so I expect I’d pass on that one also. I kill enough deer here to eat, so when I hunted out of state, it was for a bigger buck than what I normally get a chance to take.
Depends. No meat, he is getting it. Several in the freezer, he gets a pass. I like killing stuff a lot. But, if I have meat, then I will let bucks walk. I have drawn my bow three times this season and yet to release. To hot mostly but, I have some meat too. And, I have a 165" deer on camera. But, once November rolls through, if it is legal, it is getting put in the freezer.
I like venison as much as anyone, but I like hunting more. I only get one either-sex deer tag in my area. We have a nice mature herd with good trophy potential, but we certainly are not over-run with deer. I'd prefer to see our herd grow in numbers more than my desire to fill a freezer. So, I don't shoot does and bucks have to be 3-1/2 years or older for me to kill them. But that's just what makes sense for me and my hunting views and values. I respect differing motivations.
If its the same public NE land I have hunted several times, he is a shooter. But it would have to be early in the hunt because the first doe that walks by would be a shooter as well so my tag may be gone. Fun hunt but not a place to expect a big buck. Of course there is always a chance of a big one cruising through but after not seeing one on cam, in the headlights, or from the stand after several years...
In the place I'm hunting next week, he gets a pass.
I’d shoot him - he’s a pretty good one from my experience hunting state land in Nebraska. If Nebraska G&F really wanted big bucks on state land, they’d still allow us non-residents to use the Reduced price, season’s choice doe tags on public land. If that were still the case, I’d likely not even have a buck tag when he walked by...
With very limited opportunity to hunt these days, I am shooting. If I had a month or two of every day hunting in a state that had big bucks consistently (not in NY , not in my area) and or opportunities to hunt several states, etc. I'd hold out. For where I live and hunt, that is a decent buck. Wish I had time and flexibility to do more than a few out-the-back-door hunts per season. So I would shoot. If in Montana or somewhere else where big bucks are plentiful and not extremely educated (like here), with one-three months to hunt every day, I'd pass.
Yes. They look a little better with an x in their side than a bullet hole. (IE Gun season starts on Friday/Saturday [ND/MN]) If someone with a rifle sees him, he will be just as dead as me shooting him. (My freezer is empty also) If it was a doe, I would be shooting also!
For public land especially, I don't subscribe to the "Don't shoot on the last what you won't on the first" maxim. If you've hunted the time you have available and never had the opportunity at a bigger buck, take home what makes you happy.
I spent 6 days in Nebraska earlier this year and passed on one like that twice. I was about to shoot one in that range on my last night, but the fickle wind ended that. Hoping I can get back out there again this year, but its not looking likely.
Everybody has there own reasons for shooting, I'm getting older and don't need but 1 or 2 deer per year at the most. I like to shoot either a Nice Buck or an older Doe, that's just my choice. If it was a Wife or Girl friend, New or First time hunter and they were happy with that Buck then that would be fine. Guess i'm getting to picky or don't need to kill a Buck that bad, I'm passing on that one and let him grow. Good luck to All. Kurt
If I regularly saw 3.5 year olds, I would pass that one (assuming he is 2.5). If a 2.5 year old is about all there is on the top end, I'd shoot him. In IA or SD I'm looking for 3.5+ year olds on public land.
I've shot plenty of deer that size....so I am not above shooting one that size. Typically I would pass now, but if it was late in the season, I didn't have a deer in the freezer or I just wanted to shoot....I'd shoot.
I have killed a couple 100 whitetails, at least, in my lifetime. I have hunted NE a bunch over the years. Some terrific bucks in that state for sure. Shot a few monsters there. The public land can produce some big WT in different areas too. If its a youth hunter, i vote to shoot any buck you want to stick an arrow into. I dont subscribe to talking kids into "passing" deer. I used to do that occasionally, however, now i wish i had just told to shoot if they wanted to. For myself, i kill whatever i feel like shooting that day. On some hunts, i just get the urge to kill one and i do. Right now, i am in big buck mode only, as i have plenty of meat in the freezer. And , i have not killed a really big buck since the 2016 season. A couple of my truly big whitetail came off public land in Kentucky and Kansas. So, they saying that you cant kill a big one by shooting a small one does apply as well. Good luck on whatever you decide is right for yourself, and dont let anyone else decide for you. Just like you do on those Colorado elk! ;)
It's interesting to compare and contrast the opinions on this thread versus those expressed on Pat's live Iowa hunt. The overwhelming opinion on Pat's thread was that he should hold out for a mature trophy deer. On this thread, it's about 50/50 whether or not to shoot the 2.5 year old deer in the video.
OK, so the obvious difference is public land versus managed private land. My question is what's the difference? Doesn't QDM apply to all land? I get that you can't control other hunters on public land, but you can do your own part. You can also influence other hunters to do the same.
I guess I just don't think tag soup is as toxic as some of you. I don't need to kill a deer every year to enjoy hunting them. I won't starve if my freezer isn't full of wild game. I don't think I've failed, somehow, if I pass on young deer and never get a chance at a mature one.
I'm not saying my way is the best way, but I can't help noticing the conflicting opinions based purely on private versus public land.
If tag soup was toxic, I would have been long gone years ago. QDM is fine but on popular public land it can be like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.
I dont think everyone who would opt to shoot thinks its a failure to not get one or that tag soup is toxic. They just enjoy getting a deer and may not have the time or access that allows a reasonable chance at a big one.
Simple—all depends on the hunter. If it excites you and you’re content with tagging out, let it loose! If he’s just another buck to chop off his antlers and hang in the back of the garage let him go...He’ll undoubtedly be a bigger deer next year if he doesn’t get shot.
Everyone is going to have their own reason one way or another. Would I shoot that deer? Yes. But only because I am busy with work and 3 young kids and I get a couple weekends usually at best to hunt and have an empty freezer. But, have i passed on deer like that before? Countless times, but it was when i had way more time to hunt. My new rule given my time restraints is pretty much shoot the first thing that gives me a chance, at least if i was in NE. But, if i was in your situation with a couple of animals killed already this season, i wouldn't shoot. I would probably hold out for a mature deer or eat the tag. Not all the 1.5 year olds get killed, even on high pressured land. I am sure you have a chance for a rutted up buck to make a mistake this season, even on state land.
He gets a pass from me. I'l'll shoot a doe if it's meat I'm after. I haven't killed a lot of big bucks, and never will if I take young bucks like this one. Especially in a one-buck state like Indiana. Good Hunting to all.
Nope. Unless you can completely control an area larger than the home range of several bucks, you’re out of your mind to think that you can “manage” ANYTHING.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t pass on younger bucks if you’re so inclined, but to think that you’re really going to do more than get a warm fuzzy out of the deal is pretty, uhhh..... Optimistic.
Where Pat is has about as much to do with this thread as the man in the moon; he’s on a whole different planet from public land, ANYWHERE...