But, most deer won't put their ears straight out to the sides for you to get a good estimate. So, I would take that 24", and maybe subtract 3" off each side, for a width of about 18-20" or so from ear tip to ear tip, when judging an animal.
Personally, with whitetail or mulies, any deer that is outside of it's ears gets serious consideration from me. Heck, I'll take any deer period right now...
ok, i guess some of the bucks i have been watching are around 28-30 wide. Sure hope to get a shot at one of them. going to be a tuff hunt with so much land closed off to the public because of the fire burn..
I use the ears as a general guide but they do vary some just like anything else. PLus like was said they can be cocked back or forward some to throw things off. Some deer just have bigger ears than others. It doesn't matter to me as if it looks big it is big and that enough. I would love to get a huge one but pretty much take anything with 4points on a side if I see one. And every few years on the last weekend a couple of forkies have fallen as well.
Good luck on getting a trophie though. 30 inches seems to be the benchmark people throw out for a huge buck but there are many more variables than that. My widest buck is a 27 inch 3x3 taht would score very poorly but my best buck is only around a 22 inch 4x4 and scores about 170.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...