What's a public land trophy to you?

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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby buckeye » Sat May 17, 2014 5:04 am

I would consider anything 3.5 years old on public land a "trophy". As we all know it's tough for them to get to that age... Although, a buck has to have a certain look to me for me to want to take them. I don't have a set score criteria per say... But, that look generally takes about 140 inches of antler.


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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby TallTines » Sat May 17, 2014 5:47 am

130+ That's what I try to go for :D
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby BassBoysLLP » Sat May 17, 2014 5:51 am

Anything mature, 4.5+

I primarily hunt public and don't hunt public areas that cant kick out mature

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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Sat May 17, 2014 8:54 am

keb wrote:One that required me to work hard for and makes me smile inside when I think of the hunt

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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby Wlog » Sat May 17, 2014 1:49 pm

A public land trophy to me is 3.5 or older. However, I will shoot a 2.5 year old if I think that is the best buck I'm going to get a chance at on that property.

The flip side of that is, I've also passed 2.5 year olds when I knew for a fact there was a bigger buck living on a given property.
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby rizzo999 » Sun May 18, 2014 1:24 am

A public land trophy to me is any deer that I am fortunate enough to put a tag on to help feed my family. As for a buck, I hope to hold out for one that is 3.5 yrs. I don't judge anyone hunting high-pressured public land!
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby backstraps » Sun May 18, 2014 8:38 am

I thought about my reply for a little bit. Honestly, I know nice public land bucks can be harder to kill than on private dirt... BUT, I really think my idea of a trophy would be the same size/age deer as a trophy animal on private land.

A trophy in my mind would be a trophy regardless if he came off a private farm or a public track. I have smaller deer I appreciate more than my bigger ones just due to the hunt, challenge, who was hunting with me etc.

I am still yet to lay a big buck down like I plan on doing (this fall :P ) but, for me for now, anything with a stick and string over 140 I would consider a trophy and would make me :D
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby MN Legacy » Sun May 18, 2014 10:50 am

Well I would say for me that I try to hold out for a 3 year old or bigger. I would like to start shooting bucks that would score 125 or better.

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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby ozzz » Sun May 18, 2014 11:57 pm

BassBoysLLP wrote:Anything mature, 4.5+

I primarily hunt public and don't hunt public areas that cant kick out mature

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Have you got many public 4.5?
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby hoyt » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:46 am

Since I'm old, decrepit , hunt only public land and only use recurves and flintlocks I'm not very picky. Deer are getting so scarce where I hunt I didn't even see a buck last season that would go over 120" and only that one.
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby wibowhunt4me » Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:46 pm

For me it has to be a deer 3 1/2 or older and I have let some big 2 1/2 year olds walk just to be shot by the next guy. But that is not what matters to me at all. I am just glad that I found my way to the hunting world and have a family that understands that a man needs to go think once in awhile
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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby BigHills BuckHunter » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:26 pm

A buck that's 3.5 or older. Or mobile setup bed hunting a 2.5 year old.

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Re: What's a public land trophy to you?

Unread postby Autumn Ninja » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:33 pm

It use to be any 3+ or 130+. Now it needs to be a target that I have history with...but if a random 150+ walks by I'll take em, lol.

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