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boone and crocket

How many of you have had this kind of luck hunting? I have a boone and crocket whitetail a mule deer buck that is very nice but no elk I have hunted elk on ten different trips with no luck. anybody else take a booner animal but get skunked on hunting something else?

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I have yet to shot anything

I have yet to shot anything to make the book yet.  But I do not really consider myself a trophy hunter, I usually hunt for the meat.  That is not to say that a big elk or deer walks out that I will have to think twice about pulling the trigger.  Someday when my little guy starts hunting is when I think I will become more a horn hunter as I will always let him have first shot at the animals.

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GooseHunter, if your boy is

GooseHunter, if your boy is anything like a couple of kids that I have taken out hunting after the first couple of deer or elk and they will be telling you to shoot the little ones and let them shoot the big ones. 

As far as shooting a booner I have an 7x6 bull elk that would make the books if I decided to enter him but so far I haven't.  As far as deer I am holding out for that magical 200+ point mule deer.  Since the time that I have been passing up shots on big and small bucks I can't believe the number of real nice deer that I let pass, but sooner or later that 200 point buck will show up for me.  But for now I'll let the kids have fun shooting the ones that I pass on.   

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some people have the drive to

some people have the drive to hunt for horns... take me for example, last year i passed on a decent 4x4 mule deer and some smaller and left my tag unfilled. then i shot a dinky little 3x4 whitetail after seeing tons of other deer that had hundred of inches more of antler.

it just depends on how much you want that individual. you know what will help you get into trophy gear? shooting dozens and dozens of small ones! ;)

sometimes, it comes back to the topic of what is really a trophy.

some would say that it's based on your measure of success and your pride. i'm most proud of a button buck over all my other achievments in hunting. "trophy" is in the eye of the beholder.

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Critter, I hope he wants to

Critter, I hope he wants to shoot the big ones and leave me the little ones.&nbsp; I would be OK with that.&nbsp; I can only hope if thats true that means that he has a great apssion for hunting and I have done something right in bringing him up to be a great hunter. Now with that said maybe I will just have to pull the bullets and shells from his gun once in a while to give the old man a chance.</p>

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I agree with you guys Its

I agree with you guys Its more important to let the kids get interested. I was able to see my son and daughter take their first deer that was by far the most fun I have ever had hunting . still that first elk would be nice.

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I have to say I admire your

I have to say I admire your persistence to go on 10 trips with no kill. Are you a trophy only hunter that just has not found "the one" or have you gone on 10 trips with no chance of a legal harvest, also resident or non-resident hunter? Guess some would say it is a measure of dedication but with some of us it is a point of cost as much as it is a matter of dedication which is why we are essentially hunting any legal animal. My hunting partner and I are not that well heeled so with a trip from MS to CO running into considerable $$$ we are firstly just looking to fill a tag. This is especially true when taking into account that there is no paid time off in our line of work. No work, no pay though most of our business expenses continue at their normal per day level. In our case we have been on two trips and have yet to see a bull of any size while afield. Only saw 4 elk in 2010, he spotted 2 cows opening AM and myself a cow and calf on the 3rd afternoon. All were at least close enough to have shot if there had been tags for such, which was better than 2008 when nothing was seen close enough to even consider shooting.

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nope Im not a trophy hunter a

nope Im not a trophy hunter a small legal bull would make me happy. I had one chance at a legal bull last year and that was the only time that I had to take a bull. It was 45 yards away used wrong pin with bow and missed. maybe this year my buddy says im a jinx I think he could br right.

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I've dreamed about shooting

I've dreamed about shooting one...... Does that count???? lol

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It has been ten trips over

It has been ten trips over twenty five years, and im from minnesota so it hasnt been cheap.

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WOW and with archery equipment

10 trips over 25 years with no kill is still persistence to be admired in my book and that you have done it as a non resident just adds to the magnitude.  

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