My son and I try to raise the bar a little every year. I have only been bowhunting 4 years longer than my son, so as far as bowhunting goes I don't have that much more experience than he does. When my son began hunting I was still pretty much just shooting anything that walked past me. But, since about the 2005 season we stopped shooting yearling bucks and fawns. Now we will shoot any doe 1 1/2 and older, and we try and shoot bucks at least 3 years and up. We have seen an increase in larger bucks so our management plan must be working. We haven't really set a limit as far as rack size goes but we do try to shoot the more mature bucks though. We have been talking about maybe putting a 130" limit on our bucks we take unless it is an older deer that is either on the down side of antler growth or the buck never just developed a large rack. We also invite some friends on our property every now and then to shoot these bucks.
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Sun, 2010-07-18 00:29
What kind of goals do you set?
Sun, 2010-07-18 01:53#1
I guess that I'm in about the
I guess that I'm in about the same boat as you. I grew up shooting every 2 1/2 year old that gave me a good shot. In the last 5 years I've stepped it up to a minimum of 3 1/2 on two of my farms and 4 1/2 on one. I don't care what they score just as long as they are mature(I consider a 3 1/2 to be mature). My ultimate goal is to have fun, a couple years ago I got so caught up in trying to kill a big buck that I lost sight of what it's all about. If I start to feel frustrated I have to remind myself to enjoy it and switch things up. Last year was the most fun I've ever had hunting whitetails, no expectations just plain went out and did my damndest to have fun. It led to my best buck ever which was really icing on the cake, but even without that deer I wouldn't have had any regrets.
Sun, 2010-07-18 04:47#2
Yeah, we put alot of
Yeah, we put alot of time into our hunting and enjoy every minute of it. We see lots of deer every year and don't have to shoot anything and everything we see. We challenge each other every year now and we have a blast. Thats definitely what it is all about!!!!!
Sun, 2010-07-18 22:59#3
I love just getting out that is my #1. Where I live we see alot of deer with a lot of areas to hunt so for the last few year I have set goals of 150 in. or better I'm always looking for that drop tine or a non typical as well!
Mon, 2010-07-19 11:27#4
As with all the hunting I
As with all the hunting I want to go out and have a good time. If by chance I do get to pull the trigger, I want to make a quick clean kill. To me the kill is a bonus!
Tue, 2010-07-20 13:34#5
What kind of goals do you set?
I suppose if I have any goals, it is to not to repeat a mistake I have made in the past, and to learn something new either about an area, or in animal behavior. I don't really have a goal on size of an animal or whatever, though like everybody try for the best I can do.
Tue, 2010-07-20 13:59#6
I believe that the big thing
I believe that the big thing is just getting out with your boy and let him do the shooting. That is unless you happen upon a real shooter.
It is the same way with me and mule deer. I will pass up more bucks that a lot of hunters even see for that chance at the booner and since I do not need the meat that works for me. It is good to hear that you are seeing more mature bucks in your area. I get a kick out of hunters that are complaining that there are no big bucks anymore all the while they have a small fork horn on the front of their 4 wheeler. For some reason they just don't know where those big bucks come from.
Tue, 2010-07-20 14:18#7
Let the little ones grow!
Critter I know what you mean, last year we ran in to a truck load of hunters and he was complaining to me that there are no big bucks left in the area so they just decided to shoot what ever…… they had 3 deer that would score around 125-130 and one that may have went 140. I just don’t understand why they where shooting these deer, for meat? There was a ton of does every where you went they could have shot them and had a chance at a good buck next year. I understand if you have the youngster with you and he shots his first buck, but these are grown men shooting young bucks that had some great potential.
Tue, 2010-07-20 15:09#8
I know what you mean
I know what you mean groundhog. These are the first people that will throw a fit if you tell them not to shoot those younger bucks. But then they will cry and say they don't have any big bucks on their property. Or they will say if I don't shoot them my neighbors will. How about a little control. Take out a few doe, let those small ones walk and you just might have a few nice bucks eventually.
Thu, 2010-07-22 11:58#9
My goal is to have a good
My goal is to have a good hunt, I hate it when I blow a chance due to my own stupidity. If I can look myself in the eye at the end of the hunt and give myself at least a solid A on how well I responded to the things that I can control, I'm ok with coming home empty handed.