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Ears Wide/Ears Tall Tines
'morning Ladies & Gent's,
I just got back from my 2nd ever Whitetail Buck hunt.
This tag was for a Wyoming Unit.
Last year on my very first ever Whitetail Buck hunt I was in Iowa and as many of you know I'm not much of a tree stand guy nor ground blind type guy so I did Spot-n-Stalk with my Recurve in Iowa/5.
The best buck I drew down on before he blew out! was this big Ears Wide Rack with most of his Tines Ears Tall ( ya know roll the ears up for field length measuring like on Antelope or Mnt. Goats) and he has haunted my mind/memory since. No I didn't harvest him but at 20-25 yards on the ground he was very visible for memories.
So I kept that desired goal in my plans for my Wyoming hunt this year.
Not sure if it was a good idea or just an Iowa pipedream ?
Realistic is my question I guess as a more or less Rookie Whitey hunter.
I've hunted northeast Wyoming many times. That would be a good whitetail for Wyoming. There are bigger but not like Iowa. Different standards for different places. Seems like a good goal to me, especially spot and stalk.
A good goal to have, just shoot what makes you happy Robb. You’ll know him when you see him!
As Brotsky said you will know when you see it. I just returned from a week long hunt, knowing we agreed to let 3.5 year old 5x5s walk right by us. When they came in range I was happy to see them but did not get all excited. Second to last day had 3 4x4s 2 in the 120s and one upper 130s all at 10 yards or less. I wanted the big one, thought I was going to have the big one. My heart was off the charts. Never got the shot off, best hunt ever. I think you will know and be happy whatever the outcome. good luck
it all depends on where one is at .... some places have larger mature deer, others you may be lucky the buck will break 100" .... I still 'try' to go by the ear width motto and it being a 3.5 yr old .... ... on the private I had for 18 yrs, we had a min. of 130"/3.5 yr old or older, on the state land I now hunt, as some said, I know it when I see it ....... if I can get a big Doe in the freezer first before the rut kicks in, I am more prone to holding out for larger bucks.... if I'm hurting for meat and havnt killed a big Doe yet, a decent 2.5 yr old 8 pt may be in trouble ....where I used to be picky, Its harder to do so on the state land now .... about every 3rd year on the place, I'll kill a BIG buck.. I'm happy with that ..
Those all make sense to me and it is kinda a goal of mine to get that/my 1st public land Whitetail buck.
Good luck, Robb