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whats a shooter to you??
« on: June 14, 2007, 04:18:57 PM »
kind of slow around here, so maybe this will get things  going. in this state, whats a shooter buck for you? lets say you're NOT hunting the entiat/desert/etc. where normally our "giants" come from...what does it take for you to pull the trigger.
inquiring minds want to know.

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007, 04:25:24 PM »
A legal buck with an ethical shot. Thats bout it for me. Of course, it depends. I dont know if I would take a smaller buck opening day, as I like to hunt as long as I can...but on the other hand...;)

My first deer I shot with a bow, was a black tail 2X3. Arrow went through him, double lung, he pounced a few yards and laid down. I waited for him to bleed out for about 5 minutes or so. Walked over to where I shot him and a 5 point was bedded down in the brush right by him...I was happy with the 2X3 for sure (it was the biggest deer I had got at the time and my first with a bow) but it would have been great to bag that 5 pointer.
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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007, 04:29:52 PM »
I guess i'd like to get a crack at a nice 4x4 muley...a big 3 would do just fine, i'm certainly not picky, but i have gotten enough smallish 3x3 muleys. if i see a whitetail, it's gonna have to be at least a 4x4. late in the season, my priorities would change to put meat in the freezer. i ate my tag last year looking for a bigger than normal deer and i really miss the venison in the freezer.

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007, 05:23:19 PM »
I'm kinda picky.  Since I started raising my own beef I hunt for bone now.  For blacktail it has to have at least a solid 3 on one side.  A 2x3 is ok if it has width or mass but anything snaller will walk.  Whitetails have to be a solid 3x3+, outside their ears and be no less than around 125-130+"  Mulies have to be outside their ears or have a ton of mass.  Elk have to be a solid 4+ and decent points.  I broke my own "no raghorn" rule last year with a small 4 pt. but it was for a good cause.  I gave up shooting spikes, 2 pts and little basket bucks years ago.  I figure that with a couple of freezers full of beef and elk that it was better to leave them for folks who need them more than I do.
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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2007, 06:36:35 PM »
Since I hunt archery, anything legal is what I'm after, but honestly I just want a MATURE buck, doesn't have to be huge, but I would love to shoot a 150" deer with my bow.  But you know darnwell if I have a decent 3 point in my sights I'm gonna pull the trigger... lol if I draw a late hunt then I'm going for a 4 point or a BIG 3.

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007, 08:28:37 PM »
Michael, we have to get you a 150" whitie!!!!
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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2007, 08:29:22 AM »
Generally its a mature animal that I have beaten in his own backyard using all my skills to do so.  Either whitie or muley.
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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2007, 10:45:17 AM »
Dream-wise, a nice  mature 4x4 Washington Muley, 145+ would be nice. If it's late in the season and my freezer contains no vension, any healthy cooperative deer is greatfully appreciated! :tup:
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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2007, 10:54:49 AM »
It is a legal deer or elk with my bow. I do want to get a nice wall hanger. For me I like the meat so usually I motivated to shoots a legal animal so I can make summer sausage, Jerky and have grill some back straps...hmm  sounds good!

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2007, 12:03:26 PM »
I'm with boneaddict, a mature animal that I have beaten on his own turf.  A 180+ buck is the ultimate goal though.

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2007, 01:41:05 PM »
 I don't eat horns, indegestion  :puke:

 I've primarily hunted blackies on the west side, so not quite as much opportunity for big racks there, which is OK by me. I agree a hard earned buck always makes it better. I always feel a little let down if I drop one two minutes in to opening day, I like to get out and hunt. I have missed a couple nice muleys in the 24-28" range and would like to have one nice muley for the wall some day, other than that, in Washington if it's legal, it will be on the BBQ -except for a special season tag. I will hold out for something mature when I draw a permit.

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2007, 01:54:48 PM »
If it is legal it is in the freezer.  Ya can't realy be to picky like you can in the south.  If you want deer in the freezer than you take what you are given. 

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Re: whats a shooter to you??
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2007, 06:10:53 PM »
I also want a mature animal but will take any Elk I can get with my bow, I just love the meat. Mature bucks only, although I love deer vinison I just can't pull the trigger on my release if there are bigger bucks around.
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