Would you shoot this deer?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Matt_W, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Matt_W

    Matt_W Well-Known Member

    This is a deer one of my friends just killed. Being a heavy 6 point he's legal in AR. However, he wouldn't be under the 4X4 slot. His live weight was 180# and his spread was 18 1/2". His age was estimated at 4 1/2. We are skeptical that he was going to improve if he was let walk. Should he have been culled when younger to allow deer with better genes to reproduce?
     
  2. theridgehunter

    theridgehunter Select Member<br>2011 Turkey Contest Winner

    BAM!!!! Yep, I'd shoot! :thumb:
     

  3. Bowhunter71

    Bowhunter71 Member<br>'09 Spring Turkey Contest Team Winner<br

    I wouldn't hesitate to shoot that deer.
     
  4. John Stiles

    John Stiles Ultimate Member 2007 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    Has a monkey got a banana??:eek:
     
  5. JR1

    JR1 Well-Known Member

    Unless I was in a 4X4 area, then you betcha I'd have shot him.

    Assuming all you say about him was true, then you should have no reason to feel bad about taking him out of the herd. He may have grown another point or two, but that 6 pt. frame would probably always be dominant in him.
     
  6. Gary R

    Gary R Well-Known Member

    Would have been nervous until I saw a brow tine. Then I would have popped him.
     
  7. Matt_W

    Matt_W Well-Known Member

    This is much the same feeling we had. The deer was harvested from a soybean farm with plenty of hard woods. The deer herd there has plenty of protein. If this is his rack at his age and body weight, we felt he wouldn't grow many more points.
     
  8. browning_gold_12

    browning_gold_12 Moderator<br>Deer Hunting<br>Trail Cameras<br>'07

    is a 40lb gnat fat?? yeah, i woulda shot him!:thumb: BG12
     
  9. TheBattman

    TheBattman Select Member<br>2010-11 Deer Hunting Contest Winn

    Only way I would pass that deer is if I didn't see it or couldn't get a shot....
     
  10. Matt_W

    Matt_W Well-Known Member

    Guess this supports not having a 4X4 slot statewide!!!
     
  11. fredbearbowhunter

    fredbearbowhunter Well-Known Member

    right behind the shoulder:thumb:
     
  12. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    what are you hunting for ? if that buck fits what YOU are hunting for, then shoot. if he doesn't then don't
     
  13. Manybeards

    Manybeards Premium Member<br>2009 Turkey Contest Winner<br>20

    It would just depend on if I thought that was the biggest deer on the property.
     
  14. jimmyh

    jimmyh Well-Known Member

    what the bear did in the woods
     
  15. Hobbshunter

    Hobbshunter Well-Known Member

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    Every time I draw one of the permit hunts on Hobbs, they do a survey. The last question is always, "Would you approve of a 4 point rule?" This is the reason I always put NO! (I've got a 6 point on my wall thats durn near as big as that one)
     
  16. .270Win

    .270Win Super Moderator<br>Forum Sponsor<br>'07 Deer Hunti

    I'd put him on the ground....then on my wall. :thumb:

    .270Win
     
  17. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    Not only would I have shot him, but he would be going onto my wall. That has got to be one of the biggest six pointers that I have ever saw.
     
  18. whiteoak

    whiteoak Well-Known Member

    The only reason why he wouldn't be on my wall would be buck fever.This why I don't support a 4 point anything rule.:thumb: