Had a nice 8 run a doe past tonight, stopped him at 40 yards. I could see him fine. Whispered to my 68 year old mom to shoot, but she was slightly to my left and had some brush in the way. She correctly held off, waiting for a shot. They ran and she couldnt get on him.
Two smaller bucks were trailing, a spike and a 16" wide 2 1/2 y.o. buck. That buck had a good 1" brow, broken G2 and long beam on the right side. The left side had no brow (maybe broke off?) and a fork on the. The G2 on the right was broken off maybe 3/4" sticking up above the main beam. He was clearly a young buck, very thin, no mass. Of course, he hung around within 60 yards a good 10-15 minutes, and stood motionless in a clear shooting lane for what seemed like forever. I elected to have mom pass, mainly because I thought the stud 8 point might circle that doe back around (was only 4pm).
I wondered if you could call the 5 point a "legal" buck? Clearly he had 3 up top at one point, and maybe enough of a stub left to count. Was I right to pass? My mom seriously hunts harder than probably half the guys in PA and hasn't gotten a buck in 12-13 years. All kinds of stuff always seems to go wrong for her. It was pretty hard telling her not to shoot. Hopefully, the big 8 or the other smaller 8 we saw earlier comes by tomorrow. If there's a hot doe, we may have another opportunity. At least I hope so, for her sake.
We got a new spot, first time there tonight, and it sure looks like a honey hole. Saw 5 bucks tonight and umpteen does. And there's only us and maybe 2 other guys on 300+ acres.