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Your Whitetail Buck Preference?


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  1. 1. What your preference?

    • 200 lb Whitetail buck with 100 inches of antler.
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14 hours ago, garyRI said:

Lots of talk about big racks (140 point rack is big & 178 is huge) without any pictures.

 

We're a trusting lot here.

 

Disclaimer, the measurement was told to me and the process described, I have not tried taking the measurements myself nor have I taken the rack for an official tape.

 

The muzzleloader buck and doe were shot in the same general area, where the landowner would only allow archery, ML and pistol cartridge firearms, the 4-point was among the line of 6-pointers of 1.5 year age in another area that always seemed to show up on the opener. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After 20+ years?  I'll take any buck and call it a trophy--to perseverance if nothing else.

If it were up to me I'd shoot yearling deer every time with an occasional "decent" buck just so I still feel manly!  Our yearling deer are usually 100lbs and there isn't a piece of meat on them that n

This is the smallest of the three bucks I shot last year. Got it on public land in MA and they require all bucks to be checked in. Weighed 156# and gross green scored 120.  I do not "get" comment

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On 6/11/2019 at 4:14 PM, WPG Gizmo said:

235 lbs dresse

I don't mean to quote Gizmo here. This BB is doing it.

 

Anyhow I had my best big deer year ever last season. Three deer that gross scored green 120 to about 130. The top two beat my previous best shot about 25 years ago on public land in PA. Part of my success was spending so much time & seeing these bucks a long way off during bow season. But IMO the rut in southern NE also lasted into early November.

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Antlers don't do much for me.  Nice to look at.  Have never been a trophy hunter and don't plant to ever be one.  I think quality of the meat is all based on butchering.  Since joining my gun club about 10 years ago, I have made friends with a couple other members.  We get together and help butcher each others deer.  I've never had venison any better since meeting these guys.  We do all cuts and grind also.  I have pork fat added to my grinder meat.  Actually had a nice piece of backstrap for fathers Day last night.  Marinated in Spiedies Sauce (Italian blend) It was great.  Had the leftovers for lunch today!!!

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17 minutes ago, paul frey said:

Antlers don't do much for me.  Nice to look at.  Have never been a trophy hunter and don't plant to ever be one.  I think quality of the meat is all based on butchering.  Since joining my gun club about 10 years ago, I have made friends with a couple other members.  We get together and help butcher each others deer.  I've never had venison any better since meeting these guys.  We do all cuts and grind also.  I have pork fat added to my grinder meat.  Actually had a nice piece of backstrap for fathers Day last night.  Marinated in Spiedies Sauce (Italian blend) It was great.  Had the leftovers for lunch today!!!

Double like. Particularly the self processing part. Since I started butchering with friends and on my own, the meat has never been better. 

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This is the smallest of the three bucks I shot last year. Got it on public land in MA and they require all bucks to be checked in. Weighed 156# and gross green scored 120. 

I do not "get" comments about big deer not tasting OK. Because of the checking requirement I had to wait six hours or so to skin this one but I carry a hoist & gambrel in my truck, gut them immediately (I've seen deer checked in that were not gutted!!??), and skin every deer I shoot ASAP, typically within an hour of killing it to dissapate the body heat. I go for chest shots with crossbow or firearm and bleed out as a consequence.

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Was going to send a couple pics, but can't figure out how to send photos.

 

Damn - I should have claimed they were bigger :D

 

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Around my place in SE Arizona, I take a 100 lb. whitetail with 200 " of antler... probably be a big Coues WT with a record book rack. The big deer are mulies and such.

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