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What Is Right For Mule Deer?

I hope people are looking at more than the points when judging deer. When you just look at points, you just might be taking out the best young bucks that could grow to be trophies. I would encourage people to take a mature 3 point even if it stood next to a yearling four point.

Going even further, I know of a certain 2 point buck that is at least 4 years old. He is extremely tall but narrow and would be a buck I would be glad to take. Not only would I be taking a mature deer, I would be improving the gene pool.

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I hope people are looking at more than the points when judging deer. When you just look at points, you just might be taking out the best young bucks that could grow to be trophies. I would encourage people to take a mature 3 point even if it stood next to a yearling four point.

Going even further, I know of a certain 2 point buck that is at least 4 years old. He is extremely tall but narrow and would be a buck I would be glad to take. Not only would I be taking a mature deer, I would be improving the gene pool.

thats kinda what i meant, i will shoot a mature deer but atleast a 3x3, in years past when i statred hunting i shot anything with horns but now only mature deer

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I like to hold out for mature bucks,but have and will again shoot a smaller one for the meat,as far as your buddy goes trophies are a personal thing more power to him. Thumbs up

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Back in the old days, no one would have cared. Did we have a problem with deer or trophy bucks becoming extinct then? No, we did not, and we had much more hunters back then too. Todays hunters are way to over concerened with size and trophy status. Let one like that go and he may or may not survive to become a good trophy, for someone who is just after a trophy. You just don't know what would have become of him. To each his own I suppose. Personally I would have taken that buck if I was out, seen it , and had a clean shot at it.

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The idea of exclusively trophy hunting is foreign to many of us, especailly in western states. In Idaho most general season hunts are antlered only so a 2 point is all most people are shooting for. If you look at the harvest reports about half of the deer shot are yearling bucks. There are still plenty of bucks dying of old age and everyone who wants meat has a good chance. Experienced hunters I think will naturally challenge themselves and hold out for bigger deer, but kids and new hunters should experience success or they will not stay interested. Congrats to your friend, that's a great first buck.
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I see that deer.... It's dead..... No questions.......

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You can't eat the horns.

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That is always a personal issue for most people on whether to let them grow or not. It probably won't be much of an issue here now and in the future in most areas. They won't be giving out enough tags to hurt it one way or the other.

I for sure wouldn't give up the smaller one's that I have taken in the past. Success is sweet and harbors a lot of memories for me. You have to realize that hunting to some is the experience of being out doors and the memories that go along with that. I would have to say that 90% of so called hunters are not hunters. If, they can't see it off the road from a truck or 4 wheeler they can't get anything unless it is a small one. Just my opinion.

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I am still trying for 30"Muley, but as most of us realistic western hunters know, "You can't eat the antlers". I won't shoot a yearling spike and will look for at least a 3x3, but that said I've had alot of forkies in my freezer, that have feed me. I usually fill my tag with a 3x3 it seems, looking at my pile of antlers in celler. And I've let some BIG ones go , because they gave me an unforgetable hunt experience , they earned another day. Just me.

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I think a lot of it has to do with your hunting experience. If you are a relative newby getting a spike or two point will be the highlight of your hunting year and provide great memories.

As you get more experienced and more into the harder challenge of holding out for something special that takes over. I personally have shot quite a few two and small three pointers and this year I plan on passing up anything less then an extremely good three or four pointer. I will hold out until the last days of the season and then will take anything legal to put meat in the freezer.

For meat hunters I fully understand taking a smaller buck at the first opportunity and don't fault them for it.

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