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Dream Buck

With hunter25's permission let me rephrase his original question.  Finding two bucks together unaware of you well within range both probably scoring at least in the 170's (couldn't really care less what the final score is, lets just say opening morning of the first day of the season big enough), which would you shoot; the 31" wide 18 " high 4 point with OK mass or the 26"w X 24"h 4 point with brow tines and mass thru the length of the antlers?

I prefer the heavy, boxy conformation over width any day but know plenty where width is everything. I'd love to see a photo of that 22" 172 pt buck.

Oh and best of luck to the gentleman whose going to hold out for a mtn goat with 12" or longer horns!!  That'll most likely be in the top five percent of goats that ever lived, let alone ever shot.

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Actually you hit on exactly

Actually you hit on exactly what I meant and not to be all philosophical about it. When I saw the direction the posts were going I let it go because I also agree with all the coments made. Any animal I shoot is a trophy and a cherished memory.

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Along with what some others

Along with what some others have said, any animal harvested is a trophy to me.  I have only shot 4 deer in my life, and every one came with a great story, experience, etc. 

Most importantly to me, it's about being in the outdoors with my family and friends, and then meat for the freezer.

 

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No Arguement Here

Couldn't agree with you more CA but you're not answering the question.  The night before the season opener and you're in the sleeping bag unable to sleep for all of the thoughts running through your head.  Surely the vision in your mind isn't of a couple of forkies!!  This is dream time - it's OK to wish for king of the mountain if just to see let alone actually have a chance of shooting.

Come on, out with it. You won't be thought of any less!

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Okay, guess I didn't get the

Okay, guess I didn't get the original question.  Truthfully, I would take any deer. 

However, what is in my dreams?  That's tough.  I really, really like non-typicals.  But, if I had to go with a more traditional rack, I really like dark colored antlers, with long, sweeping tines.  Tine length is really a nice thing in my eyes.  I will take only a 22 inch wide mulie, if it has 12-14 inch tines on each fork. 

Is that better???? Wink

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Geez!!  I didn't even think

Geez!!  I didn't even think of non typicals.  And those dark mahogany colored antlers with ivory tips!?  Guess I'll have to spend some more fantasy time re-evaluating.  More fuel for the daydreaming fires.  Just the thing for late February/March!

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If I go in that direction my

If I go in that direction my best so far is a 6X6 27.75 wide X 27.25 high not very heavy muly taken out here in the sand, he was a nice young deer around a 3 year old. I have seen his dady and that just messed up the hunt that year. The one I would like to find is a 30 + 6X6 26 high heavy all the way out with a 8" or longer drop tine on the right side so I can mount with him scratching his right sholder , this is the way he would fit in my living room. Yes

Oh yes if the drop was on the left side I wouldnt pass him up.  

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typical

I am REALLY, REALLY happy to fill ANY tag, but the deer I dream of while laying awake the night before opening morning is a heavy beamed typical ten point.

Someday I'd love a big black bear with a fat head and over six feet of hide covered in long glossy solid black fur.

Then there is the wide palmed bull moose with a 50+ inch spread....

And after growing up chasing white tails, every mule deer seems to be incredibly antlered to me.  There is that high wide 11+ point that got away........ 

And that monster of a kudu I missed near a decade ago.....

Oh yes, plenty of those thoughts too. 

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Guess I really don't have a

Guess I really don't have a definition. In either fishing or hunting, I am doing it for the enjoyment. And I have had the same amount of enjoyment and pride, no matter the size or number of game.

Lovin life is all it is about for me! ...could also be how lucky we are in Colorado to enjoy so many of these days!

 

 

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Anything I take is a trophy

Anything I take is a trophy to me. I still have the spindly rack of the little 8 point I took 25 years ago. It was the first legal buck I had a shot at, and it was and still is a trophy to me. When I worked at a check station, nothing made me madder than when someone brought in a doe or buck they were proud of, only to have someone walk over to their truck and turn their nose up at it. Some of the poor guys would actually start making excuses for why they shot it. I would try to find some characterization that made it special, tell them it was a good deer, and I meant it.

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