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First bucks 26 years ago

I have kept the antlers of every buck I have ever taken and I got a good laugh when I dug them all out and set them up in the garage recently. These were 2 of my first 3 bucks with the ather one being a monster 2 point in comparison. lol

I've come a long way from here but it's fun to look back and remember.

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I kept a lot of mine until I

I kept a lot of mine until I got into the mountain man stuff and then I would trade them and other things that I would pick up in the wilds to others for what ever that they would have.  That and selling them to a friend that got into making lamps and chandeliers and I am down to just a few that really mean something to me. 

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It doesn't look like you ate those small antlers..... but I'll bet you sure enjoyed the meat from those small bucks.  I've taken both large and small, and given the choice, I'd usually take a big buck, but I'd sure rather eat a fat young feller.  I know the little guys aren't much for bragging material, but they can't be beat as table-fare.

I sure wish I had the first set of antlers I took 53 years ago.  He was a wonderful 5X5 whitetail I was fortunate enough to take in the little town of Idaho I grew up in.  Don't know what happened to them but I'd sure love to have them today.

 

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I'm with you, flipper. Most

I'm with you, flipper. Most of my bucks have been on the small side, too. We don't see very many big ones where I hunt; an 8-pointer is the average for a "big deer", with 4 and 6 being what most people get. A 10 will make people turn and look again. I'm talking Whitetail, not mule deer. And I'm talking "Eastern" count, where every point is counted, including brow tines.

I also have not kept most of the antlers of bucks that I have shot. I always cut them off a buck and either mount them on a wood plaque or attach them to the wall of my garage, but often when I have moved, they either stayed on the garage wall or were thrown away because I didn't want to bother moving them.

I have yet to hunt for a "big buck". When I'm out there with a buck tag in my pocket, the first legal buck that I see is going to be mny target. If I ever have the choice of two or more bucks at the same time (I can't ever remember that being the case), I would try for the largest. But in the end, I enjoy the hunt and I love the meat. The antlers are just frosting on the cake - if it happens to be frosted at all that particular year. Big smile

 

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That's pretty much where I'm

That's pretty much where I'm at. Unless I have a special tag that took a few years to get I take what is offered to me. We hunt public land that gets hunted very hard and do not get a lot of opportunities.

If I'm paying out of state or drew a good tag I will hold out for awhile but it still does not need to be a huge buck to make me happy. My enjoyment is being out there after them in the first place.

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Well, considering I have only

Well, considering I have only killed 3 bucks before, I have no problem holding ont o them. lol

I love spikehorns.  I keep them just the same as I keep bigger deer.

My 3 have been a spike, a four, and a six point.  Now I need an 8 point to keep the pattern going. Wink

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Way Cool Hunter !

I too have saved almost all of my antlers with exeption of a couple being stolen. I still have my first buck and bull antlers and they will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing the pics !!!! Thumbs up

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nothing wrong with those!

Hunter:

There is nothing wrong with those antlers! I've only taken ten bucks to date and have all the antlers too.  Plan to keep them for a long time too.  I take the first legal deer I see and am proud to do so.  I'd MUCH rather have a spike than an unused tag - but that's just me.

Thanks for sharing the picture.

Mike

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