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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Passing them up on public land

Wondering how many hunters pass up good shot opportunities on public land deer? How many did you this year? Please respond with how many and what sex as well as the seasons. Please no specific SGL #'s
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 06:49 PM
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Re: Passing them up on public land

3 shot opportunities 30 yds or less for mature does standing broadside or walking during 2nd week rifle. At least a dozen during archery. Have not seen a legal buck this year but there is still time.

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I spent all of archery season with my 10 year old.He killed a couple doe but I never carried a bow until the first week of November.I passed a huge buck chasing a doe but he was slightly out of range.I ended up killing a decent 8 point about a minute later.The day before I passed a small 6 point and had two small dinks under me.Other than the two does my son shot,I never had another doe in range during archery season.Rifle season I shot a bunch of doe and passed up even more because I only feel like dealing with so many dead deer each day.I still have two tags and most likely won't even try to fill them.
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Re: Passing them up on public land

I have passed on medium size bucks numerous times on State Land. Some years I am very selective, but some years I will opt for the first legal buck I see.
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My deer hunting is done on almost all public land.. I've never passed on a legal buck unless I didn't have a killing shot. I've passed up many antlerless deer based on size.

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I passed on a small doe at 30 yards in archery. Passed 3 does in rifle to get a better look at the buck that was with them. He got a pass as well. I usually dont pass any opportunities but this year has been different for some reason.
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I'm in the same boat as dce. There is only so many dead deer I can handle in a day.
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This year saw more big bucks than little ones. Big ones are smarter than me and didn't have any real shot opportunities. Buck tag soup again this year

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Re: Passing them up on public land

I'm an "old school" archer I will never shoot a doe(that's bait for the bucks) with my bow except in the late season. I'm also very selective on my bucks, not looking for the biggest but it has to be wall worthy during regular archery. When I was younger (years before AR) I spent 1 season chasing a tall wide thick 4 pointer, didn't get him. Now that I'm older I know that deer had serious potential and I would not target him. Rifle season my standards drop a bit, I seem to have a thing for half rack fighters LOL. Due to the intense pressure we no longer rifle hunt "doe" on public lands here in the SE. About the only time I will take one is if a wounded one comes by.

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Re: Passing them up on public land

I honestly couldn't count the number of doe I passed on this season. Had a tag but had a no desire to use it. Passed on 4 legal buck and missed a couple good ones.

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