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!
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...