Hi guys first post here. Just wondering what kind of deer people are taking around the US score wise. I live in NC and have 2 130" class deer and one 142". I have been hunting for 15 yrs and I do not shoot anything smaller than what I have on the wall. Passed up three 130" deer this year in hopes that they will make it to next season. I think the deerhunting around here as a whole has gotten better the last five years as far as bigger bucks being harvested. I just enjoy being in the stand.
Last year, I bagged a 165-ish brute. My previous best had been 126 or so.
This year, the best that showed up was an 8 pointer that I won't even bother to score. However, a buck showed up quite a bit before season that made anything else I'd seen on the hoof look tiny. Folks saw him in another part of the county, but I don't think he was taken.
I have only started to see big racks on a regular basis in the past 8 years. Prior to that, I went years between sightings.
When I started out, over 25 years ago, something with serious hardware was the stuff of dreams.
In Iowa I have taken 9 bucks of 3.5 years or older, between 120"-166" and several 2.5's that were between 100"-120". That is not remarkable for a serious deer hunter in my neck of the woods. For example, I can think of 3 of my co-workers who have taken B&C bucks this season alone.
Where I hunt in Missouri is only a few miles from Iowa, but the bucks do not run as large, IMO. There seem to be fewer landowners managing for deer and I have only taken two bucks there, a 2.5 and a 3.5, both between 100"-115". There are bigger deer in the area, but the mid-november rifle season seems to put a hurt on them.
Well I harvest mine...can't speak for the others, but I'll say this much, based on what I've seen and heard going on in the woods of Jersey, its no wonder I don't hunt public land here, lol
Watchout JPH...one of these days I'm coming to your backyard...gonna get me a piece of that fine Iowan' Venison...and I'll harvest it, not whack it, lol. All kidding aside, its great that you have such quality herds in Iowa, we could all learn somethign from that.