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".
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...