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You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Spysar » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:48 am

You just seen a 165"+ go by your stand at 100 yards chasing a doe. There's a chance he might chase the doe within range, but you don't see him anymore. Just then a 145" buck pops out 20 yards away. Do you shoot the smaller buck, knowing a bigger one is in the timber with you somewhere, or take what you can get, and be happy?
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby dan » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:52 am

Spysar wrote:You just seen a 160"+ go by your stand at 100 yards chasing a doe. There's a chance he might chase the doe within range, but you don't see him anymore. Just then a 145-150" buck pops out 20 yards away. Do you shoot the smaller buck, knowing a bigger one is in the timber with you somewhere, or take what you can get, and be happy?

Not much difference between 150 & 160... I would probably take the smaller buck and then if hunting here with no limits, continue to hunt the 160... If it were a one buck area I would go on to hunt another state or area and continue the hunt.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Mountain Man » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:57 am

I would shoot the smaller one and be happy with that.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Dewey » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:58 am

I shoot the smaller 145-150" buck since I hunt public land and know I may not get a chance at the other buck again. If a good shot presents itself I will shoot the smaller one for sure.
Hopefully the larger buck will make it until next year.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Spysar » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:02 am

dan wrote:
Spysar wrote:You just seen a 160"+ go by your stand at 100 yards chasing a doe. There's a chance he might chase the doe within range, but you don't see him anymore. Just then a 145-150" buck pops out 20 yards away. Do you shoot the smaller buck, knowing a bigger one is in the timber with you somewhere, or take what you can get, and be happy?

Not much difference between 150 & 160... I would probably take the smaller buck and then if hunting here with no limits, continue to hunt the 160... If it were a one buck area I would go on to hunt another state or area and continue the hunt.


I should have said more like a 165" or a 145". I meant to have a 15-20" difference in size. Which is very noticable.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Spysar » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:03 am

Spysar wrote:
dan wrote:
Spysar wrote:You just seen a 160"+ go by your stand at 100 yards chasing a doe. There's a chance he might chase the doe within range, but you don't see him anymore. Just then a 145-150" buck pops out 20 yards away. Do you shoot the smaller buck, knowing a bigger one is in the timber with you somewhere, or take what you can get, and be happy?

Not much difference between 150 & 160... I would probably take the smaller buck and then if hunting here with no limits, continue to hunt the 160... If it were a one buck area I would go on to hunt another state or area and continue the hunt.


I should have said more like a 165" or a 145". I meant to have a 15-20" difference in size. Which is very noticable.


I changed the original question. :oops:
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby dan » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:07 am

That would make the decision harder Spy... And then it would depend totally on on the property I was hunting, how well I know that property, how long I have to hunt that property etc...
To me a 140/145 inch buck is pretty average, but once you start getting near 160 its a pretty good buck worthy of waiting for.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby ramblinman » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:07 am

is the smaller buck an eight or ten point?
that might sway the decision alittle more.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:44 am

I would shoot the smaller one if they were both standing at 20 yards and the little one had a slightly better shot.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Dor » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:22 am

what Dan said pretty much. Very area/time dependent. Then again if it was my first day on an out of state hunt, I might pass....so many variables. Having been lucky enough to have shot several deer in the 140's range my standards have increased some which also affects the decision. 10 years ago with a much smaller wall of heads I would shoot the 140's buck everytime everywhere. Today its much more complicated decision process. Good ? Spysar.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby muddy » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:43 am

I'm going to assume that both deer are same amount of points and are both 10 pointers. Where I hunt I'd pass the 145 and hope for the best.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby ramblinman » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:00 am

Like Muddy; assuming that both a equal points. I would only pass assuming that I have a month left to hunt. With two weeks left and knowing that the 160" might be there for rifle season, I would shoot.
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby huntinnurse » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:40 am

Uncle Lou wrote:I would shoot the smaller one if they were both standing at 20 yards and the little one had a slightly better shot.



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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby Schultzy » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:10 am

Depending on how much time I had left In the season would be the big one for me. If time wasn't a factor and I thought I had a real legitimate chance at getting the bigger buck I'd pass on the 140's buck "I think". :mrgreen:
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Re: You Just Seen a 160...

Unread postby venisonassassin » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:09 pm

In that situation I would whack the 145"... and with my luck the 165 would walk by at ten yards right after that.


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