Thanks guys! He's definitely a nice buck and I'm proud of the effort I put into him. I'd still like to break that 28 inch or better (he's a 24 inch buck) so still have a goal to work towards.
Ecu, the last three or four bucks I've killed have all been during the mid Sep. muzzleloader season here in Colorado and they've all still been in velvet. By the first or second week of Oct. they've usually gotten it off.
Good to know one can shoot a velvet buck during the muzzy season as I thought I would have to hunt archery season to get a velvet buck. I would have thought the deer would be out of velvet by this time of year. Thanks, SoCo...Congrats again!
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...