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Everyone wants to shoot a big buck for the area. So for those that can be selective, let's say you have two bucks that are "shooters". 

It's the first week of the archery season. The #2 walks by.  Are you shooting, or are you going to pass because it too early, and you just love the thrill of the chase? 

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I send it. Then I use the great option we have of a second buck tag and hunt the northern zone rifle for a buck.  This is always my backup option and I also enjoy still hunting the big woods.  And I tend not to do this very much if still after a bow buck on our property. 

In the last few years I have enjoyed trying to hold out for a big buck.  For multiple reasons.  I get to hunt longer, I like the challenge, I've got more options to fill the freezer with more deer now on our property.  In the view that trophy hunting gets a bad wrap at the same time it gives you more hunting time which is the true reason I hunt, the hunting itself. I've shot bucks early then sit out the rut and I feel like I've missed out on the best time in the woods.  

That being said meat is still #1.  If given a choice that I had to leave meat or horns in the woods, the meat comes out every time.  But being confident these days that I can fill the freezer one way or the other i tend to hunt for a bigger buck. And that doesn't always mean more horns.  My #1 for 3 years has been a 6 pt.  But anything that trips my trigger I will send it.  And if it's the #2 buck on the property I certainly do.  Then I hunt for any buck in the dacks til gun season opens in southern tier.  

Gotta love that about NY. I have a couple of spots in Northern and the best one is an hour and a half drive but that's still feasible.  I used to live on a road where behind my house was southern and across the road was northern.  That was pretty neat. 


Edited by Robhuntandfish

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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I would shoot it, I have run far less cams this year for that reason. Having killed a "target buck" that I hunted for two years last season. This year I am going with the shoot what you feel attitude. I have a general idea of what is around but I will draw on the first buck that gets my attention.  I will say shooting a buck on 10/15 last year was great. However I had some great encounters during the rut that were painful. 

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Thankfully in 3S I can take both...on October 1!

I let  a beauty walk one year since I already shot two does prior to his arrival...while I regret it, my back doesn't...although my back sucks anyway so I guess I regret not shooting! I've since stopped hunting that property and a poacher raped it cleaning out good bucks. I'm guessing "my buck" was taken by him two years after I left him go. 

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Easy answer, I don't have a list of shooters with corresponding rankings. I go and hunt, and if I see something that makes me excited to kill it, I kill it. If it doesn't get me excited, I pass.


Thankfully, I am still at a point in my hunting career where it doesn't take much to get my heart pumping. 

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