When I go into a season with a goal in mind, it doesn't make sense to lower that goal just for freezer meat. If there's a young buck & a doe in range, I'd try for the doe. If the buck is alone, I'll hope to see him next year & take some pictures if possible. If it's a buck that looks like it should be removed from the gene pool, I may take it.
I have a goal set at the begining of the season as to only take older deer. If season is drawing to a close and a young buck steps out he is going to live to see next season. I would rather eat a tag then kill a young buck or something that I would not be happy with.
I dont judge people of shooting young bucks its just not my cup of tea.
I know a lot of hunters who set out to kill a big old buck when season starts then when season draws to a close they kill the first spike that walks by just so they can say they killed a buck. But to each his own, I guess.
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