I am not passing on this very nice buck... because I have yet to enjoy tagging a muley buck. Now afterwards... I would probably allow my hunting partner to take another that size while I look for something bigger! But here too if it is the last day I am taking meat home as I am back to having 6 mouths to feed in the house.
Foe me it would just depend on the area and if it was close to the end of the hunt. If I was hunting a "trophy" unit I'd hold out but in a general area it would be down in a heartbeat. Like Exbio said if your just in it for the meat it's a heck of a lot cheaper to just go buy meat fro the store and if you don't like beef than in most places you can buy game meat from some game farms. I'm neither a trophy hunter or a meat hunter I'm just a hunter. I set goals at the beginning of the season as to what I'm looking for or want then also have a plan b,c,d,e,f. Also looking at the deer, it brings up the old saying, " if it's good enough to shoot on the last day then it's good enough opening morning".
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.