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Would you pull the hammer on this guy?

The video is a little shaky at first but gets better. The wind was blowing pretty good!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zREt_qSSbWk&feature=player_detailpage

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depends

Depends on the area, whether it was a once in a  lifetime tag, and what else was available.  Hard to really judge.  Not sure I'd be thinking that deer was the best I could do.  But my trigger finger itches more and more as each day passes into the season.

Nice deer though.

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For me it would all depend on

For me it would all depend on what unit or area that I was in.  I have passed up quite a few a lot like him in the past and went home with tag soup in Utah.  But if you are looking for meat then he would be a nice one. 

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I'd think about it for a nano

I'd think about it for a nano second, and fill my freezer.

 

I have never understood trophy hunters.

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Trophy Hunting

Still Hunter wrote:

I'd think about it for a nano second, and fill my freezer.

 

I have never understood trophy hunters.

I consider myself a trophy hunter and I like the meat as much or more than the next hunter.  But one deer will last me a couple of years and since I usually have 2 or 3 deer tags each year I can be selective.  I figure that I have killed a lot more than my share of deer in my 40+ years of hunting so any more I figure that it is time to give back a little each year and if that means that my tags go unfilled then they go unfilled.  It is a lot like last year.  I killed 3 elk.  Two cows and a spike bull.  All the meat except for one of the cows went to family or friends that could use the meat more than I could, and since I am single one elk is more than enough for me for a year.  Now this year I have another 3 elk tags and 2 deer tags to fill.  If I manage to kill all 3 elk there will be a lot more meat to go around and I'll save the 2 deer tags for that trophy that is still eluding me. 

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I'll second that Critter

What Critter said, and then to further expand on it, I don't understand those who claim to only hunt for the meat.  If you're only meat hunting, that implies you get no pleasure out of the hunt, it is solely utilitarian.  And if that's the case, it's a lot cheaper to buy or raise your own meat, rather than hunt it down.  Further, if you do enjoy the hunt, why would you want to spoil the hunt by ending it too soon by shooting an animal that doesn't meet any guidelines you set forth before you went out?  What's the difference between a trophy hunter looking for an older buck compared to a meat hunter holding out for a large cow?

And one last thing, you can't hang meat on the wall

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I always have 4 doe tags in

I always have 4 doe tags in my pocket so I can fill my freezer and my buck tag I can be selective and pass younger deer so they have a chance to grow and get big. I would rather eat tag soup than shoot a young buck.

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You guys are lucky with all

You guys are lucky with all those tags. I get one deer, and one elk. If I win the draw.

I can't imagine enjoying the hunt more than me. That's why I hunt alone. So, I can do it my way. By my nick name it's not hard to guess how I hunt. I also do it with a primitive muzzleloader and round balls. It may take me all 9 days to get a good shot. Even if I fail. I've enjoyed the hunt. Trust me.

I love the meat, and it's my goal, but it can't replace the hunt. I've been hunting for 60 years. That's a lot of meat. I just want to be out there now. Always in memory of my dad who taught me to hunt.

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First of all for me in most

First of all for me in most situations that buck is gonna go down. I'm usually pressed for days off and time during hunting season and with still helping my kids to get on deer as well it's not often that I see really great bucks. Although we eat a lot of meat on a regular basis and waste nothing I in no way way consider myself a meat hunter and for the most part not a trophy hunter either. I love the hunt and being out there as much as possible with my family. Don't get me wrong as I want a huge one as much as any one else and do pass up smaller bucks but usually am happy to take an average 4 point with around a 20 something spread. If the tag is a limited rut hunt or something like that I will be even more selective but still not nearly to the level of many of the other guys here.

It's all in what we enjoy and I see no fault with either side and can go either way myself depending on the situation.

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In a General area, in a

In a General area, in a heartbeat. In a Limited Entry unit, I would at fading light on the last day. Nice deer regardless and would be bigger then anything I've taken yet in the mule deer world.

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I do not consider myself a

I do not consider myself a trophy hunter, but I have to go with everyone on this.  Alot depends on when and where you are hunting, general area yes....last day yes.  Other than that I may just hold out and see what else the area holds.  If he is not spooked out he will return and so can you for the last day of the hunt scenario, but the old say "don't pass on something on the first day you would shoot on the last day"

Me being me and the fact that I am not a big deer hunter and it is bigger than the 4 point I have on my wall, I would probably pull the trigger on this one...he looks like a real nice deer.  Hard to see his mass and how deep his forks are but he does look good.

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