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Postby Bigbuckdown » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:35 am

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.

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Postby ranwin33 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:03 am

Anywhere from 110 - 140 or there abouts on our farm.  I've seen bigger, just haven't shot any. 
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Postby shaman » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:30 am

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.

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Postby JPH » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:01 am

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.

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Postby DeanoZ » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:53 am

JPH...all I know is you have some monsters roaming the woods and fields of Iowa...I'm jealous!

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Postby JPH » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:01 am

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JPH...all I know is you have some monsters roaming the woods and fields of Iowa...I'm jealous!

 
Shhh...I've said too much as it is!

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Postby DeanoZ » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:08 am

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JPH...all I know is you have some monsters roaming the woods and fields of Iowa...I'm jealous!


Shhh...I've said too much as it is!

 
Hah!  You didn't have to say anything...your pics tell the story as does the outdoor channel...even your small ones would be "trophy's" in Jersey, lol

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Postby JPH » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:13 am

I've always wonderd, in New Jersey do you "harvest" a deer or "wack" it?

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Postby DeanoZ » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:22 am

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.

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Postby JPH » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:57 am

Post-rut gun seasons is the secret to Iowa's success. IMO
 
Thanks for taking the Jersy joke well. [;)]

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