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Two *very* basic questions

Hello all - I do not hunt, but I am writing a story whose main character does. I'm hoping you can help me with two basic questions:

1) My hero has just bought a Browning A Bolt II Medallion for whitetail hunting. What ammunition is appropriate for this weapon?

2) If you hunt whitetail for food, as opposed to trophies, would you prefer bucks or does, or does it not matter?

Thank you very much in advance, and very good luck to you in your hunting!

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Google tells me that the rifle you mentioned is chambered in 243, 270, or 30-06. Any of those would be suitable for white tail. My choice would be the 30-06.

I am happy to take any legal deer when I hunt. Antlers for trophies are a bonus. Most hunting licenses are issued for antlered deer (males). Here in NY you can apply for an additiopnal permit to harvest an antlerless deer in the regular firearm season as well. I eat all the deer I harvest. But paradoxically if I were given the choice of several deer of various age and sex and could only harvest one, I would choose the oldest male so that the does would remain to increase the population, and the young bucks could mature into better antlered deer for trophy potential. That said the oldest male is the worst choice for eating because the meat is more likely to be tough and strong flavored. For best (mildest) venison flavor the choice would be a younger deer.

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Thank you!

Thanks very much for all the great information. It is very much appreciated.

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You are very welcome. Good luck with the story!

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Two *very* basic questions

I happen to own a Browning A-bolt Medallion and it is chambered in the .30-06 cartridge. For a little more detail on ammo, when hunting deer with it I currently use a 165 grain bullet (though in the past have used a 150gr). For Elk, I step it up to a heavier 180 grain bullet.

Here, when it comes to Deer all we can hunt is Bucks (Whitetail & Mule), and they are certainly "food" too; never hunted Does, but most likely would if I could. Although the bigger the antlers are the better I suppose and generally look for that, I don't consider myself a trophy only type hunter.

Hope that helps some.

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Thanks!

Thanks loads Unit5A. Much appreciated!

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First a belated Welcome to BGH mellomel70.

As for your question, Buck or Doe for food, We are allowed both sexes during the season. Any young animal will taste better so young Doe or young Buck will taste better than their older counterpart. I never trophy hunt but our Club does practice QDM so I usually do not get the chance for a young Buck with our six-point or better Buck Rule.

So in conclusion I must say No I do not trophy hunt, nor do I hunt for food. I do eat everything I kill though. However if I could only kill one for food, then it would be Doe hands down. My hunt becomes sucessful the second I enter the Hunting Camp and woods. I could sit a stand and not see a single deer all season long and be exceedingly happy and fulfilled.

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I guess that taste is to

I guess that taste is to whoever is eating the meat.

The deer that I shot last year was a old buck that weighed over 300 pounds and I haven't had a bad piece of meat off of him yet, and I have ate a lot of it. The worse piece of meat that I ever had was off of a yearling. That deer was rotten from one end to the other. I have also had the same experience with elk. The biggest one that I ever shot was some of the best meat that I have eaten and a yearling cow was not what you would of expected of her as far as the meat was concerned.

As for trophy hunting or meat hunting, I do both. I don't need that much meat anymore so I hunt for the trophy class animal but will take a lesser one about every 3 or 4 years depending and that is for deer. Elk wise I hunt for the meat only since I killed my trophy one a number of years ago and prefer the easier hunts that cow hunting provides.

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To JTapia and Critter -

To JTapia and Critter - thanks very much, very helpful!

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