Big being a relative term, I like to think I hold out for big bucks, or rather older bucks. But understand, big to me is 140 class or better.
Last year I passed on several small bucks during bow season, but did take an older, small racked buck during rifle season. Saw him through binoculars at 200 yards and the antlers looked wide and he looked old which caused me to mistake him for another deer we had on camera . Ground shrinkage brought him down to 120 class though.
So I guess I waited about 60 days to shoot a buck, given I had been hunting since September 15th and the buck I shot was killed in mid-November. During that time a lot of 8 point small bucks did get a pass.
I don't think I would be willing to wait years for a big buck if I have a lot of older age class deer running around with small antlers. I might wait for a couple of months for something big to show up, but eventually I'd want to shoot one of the older deer.
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