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the deer you don't want to see opening day

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Here's I think kind of an interesting thought. I may be reaching to keep talking bowhunting. What deer do you not want to walk by you this weekend & offer a shot?

For me it's that reasonably big 8 pointer that's not quite big enough to mount, but's really nice & definitely bigger than my previous largest bow kill. (This deer would be a definite shooter a 4-6 weeks into the season, but "probably" not now.) If I'm going to shoot a buck this weekend I want it to be at least a nice 10 pointer, which doesn't include a basket rack. Had I never shot anything bigger than a 6 this deer would be a definite shooter now.

On the flip side, my ideal deer for this weekend is any doe 100 pounds or more, hopefully without fawns or with large fawns. We'll have to compare notes to see if we stick to our guns if push comes to shove.

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Be patient Bigbucks and hunt hard. I'd rather shoot no buck than a little one. But thats because there are plenty of antlerless tags to fill the freezer. Only you can answer the question you posted. To hell with what anyone else thinks is big enough or not big enough to shoot - just make sure you have fun hunting and are happy with whatever you put your tag(s) on. Good luck, only 4 days before the skinheads in my neck of the woods are in serious trouble.

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Cooter, I could not have given a better response!Good Luck to All and have a safe season!! Good huntin' Jigster

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This is my first year bow hunting starting on the opener. So my NEWNEST to the sport will get the best of me and I will take whatever decides to walk under my stand this year.
That what offers me a good shot. I will NOT be stupid and take a high risk shot. I've heard way to many stories of people wounding deer.
For you guys looking for that monster...good luck.

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i will have to stick with a big doe, seen lots without fawns. I have lots of time to hunt this year, and hope to just have fun in the stand. i cant take a buck, due to hunting restrictions by the landowner, but i have no problem with that, its not my land. I dont have the money for a "mounter" anyway. I hope you all hae a safe and sucessful season, remember wear yoiur harness, and take and make a clean shot.

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Good question bigbucks! I'd be with you, nothing less than a big 8 point, don't want to end my buck hunting right away. But on the other hand he better not dwadle and give me too many nice side shots!!!

captain, if its your first year hunting, take anything that doesn't have spots, you need the practice shooting a few, drawing back without detection, losing a few to squeeky stands, etc.

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Cooter, I think you misunderstood my question. What I described is the deer I don't want to walk by me opening day. I don't care what anybody else thinks it should be & personally don't think anybody else should care what I think their's should be.

I was just curious what deer creates that really tough, should I shoot it or shouldn't I question for each hunter. I think that should probably be different for a lot of people depending on experience.

Speaking of what BLACK JACK said, I agree on new hunters shooting anything without spots. The very first time I went bowhunting I had a really easy shot at a small yearling/big fawn (3 yards, maybe), I didn't take it. I didn't kill a deer with my bow until my third season hunting, spooked some, missed some, wish I'd have shot that little one. Incidentally there were less than half as many deer as there are now, at least in my area.

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I want to see that 12 pointer that I have seen for the past 3 years, missed him at 10 yards last year ( little twig hanging down that my arrow hit) That was OK because 1 minute later I stuck a big 8 pointer.
I hung my stands up a few weeks ago and I kicked up 4 bucks and the 12 pointer was one of them.
What I would realy like is to get a double(buck and doe) I hate to be greedy but so be it.
Land owner says he sees them all the time down by where one of my stands is at, the same one where I missed him last year. Wont happen this year if he gives me a shot. I made sure of that.
Good luck to all. 3 days and a wake up to go.

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Obviously, I am hoping that a huge buck comes strolling by.....but.....I believe that I am going to fill my surplus tag early this year. Hopefully a 1 1/2 yr old doe comes by and offers a good shot. A big buck would be great, but there is nothing better than early season veni on the grill!

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the deer i DO NOT want to see is any mature shooter buck that is over 40 yards away as it would be out of my comfort zone. but put that buck or a nice big doe anywhere inside 40 yards and you can rest assured an arrow will be getting flung at it

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Bigbucks - I hear ya now. I was in the same position last year with a nice 9 pt gulping acorns broadside at approx 20 yrds. Middle of Oct., not real wide or real tall, but bigger than what I'd shot before. I shot him, watching him go down in sight, and am glad I did. I'd passed up similar deer in years past and never had better opportunities. This year it will have to be better than last years buck, especially on opening weekend, unless it has velvet on. Hope you see one so big there is no hesitation!

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I want to see them all. I won't harvest a spike or a fork. Decent six or bigger and I will stick it. I really would love to see a tasty 100# doe. One that I can throw over my shoulder and warm the spit up for. Hopefully I will be tasting tenderloins wrapped in bacon soon.

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I'm cooking up the last packages of chops tonight. I've still got a few roast & summer sausage left. The first deer the year will likely be going to someone else's freezer.

Skinheads, it's what's for dinner!

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