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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: springfeild twp,mercer co
Experience has something to do with it too, as well as where you're hunting.
If you have shot a few 130+bucks, passing those 120's becomes easier. Same with location, hunting pa my standards are much different than if I'm in another state. That's not bravado, just a realistic assessment of where and what you are hunting. I won't pass a 130 in pa, and as a hunt winds down it's still really hard for me to pass a 130 anywhere, espessially if he's an 8, those are nice.
As far as getting all your bucks on trail camera, then figuring out what they score, that's a great idea too. But am I the only one who hunts areas he's never hunted before, with little or no intel? You better be prepared to judge a buck you've never seen before, and if you can't you'll be disappointed more times than not. Those 140+ buck jump out at you as "shoot now" the instant you see them. But those 115 to 130 also look big, just not as big and you gotta know by looking if he's 130, or be disappointed when you walk up to a 115.
Two things you can see at a glance that tell you alot, long points and long beams. Without both your probably looking at a 120 or less deer, unless something else drives up the total. No way a buck with 18" beams and 6" points can go over 120, unless spread or mass makes up for it and either of those features is also easy to see at a glance. Long points are easy to judge, but to get long beams they gotta turn back in towards each other or they're not long.
I'm not into hunting big bucks for score or glory, but score tells me alot more than just "a big 8" or a "nice 10", a score is just a far better description.