Swandog09 is right... we are off topic.
My rule is if it gets my blood pumping it must be a shooter. Usually this means something 140 or better.
This has been a interesting thread. It is amazing to see how a simple question of would you take a "young", "lesser", "small" buck at the end of the season turns into a discussion on educating the youth on deer population and knowing what the deer herd make up is for several miles in your area.
I believe what the question is getting at... is do you have the will power to lay off the trigger if your tag is open and your looking at a buck which may not be a trophy.
To answer this question truthfully I think it depends on what stage you are as a hunter.
Have you every shot a buck that was bigger than what your look at know? Have you seen or do you know that there are bigger bucks in your area? Are you the type that feels you failed if you don't get a deer each season?
I personally am at the stage that I could let him walk knowing that there are no guarantees that I will every see that buck again. I also know that if this senario was ten years ago that buck would most likely be on the ground.
Great topic and thoughts
The reason I brung this up is to see if you all practice QDM. If you don't thats cool, did not mean to step on anyone's toes here and make them feel like they should take mature bucks only. Thats the way I hunt and always will. Its the trophy in the eyes of the beholder, I support deer hunting in every way shape or form. I hope I didn't upset anyone, I thought this was a great topic to bring up.
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