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Recent content by Rous14

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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Good Gotcha. I thought when you said “confirmed” it was based on something you were aware of. No chance imo that based on the info they gather when you report a harvest that they would know the age of a deer
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Out of curiosity, how do they or anyone know how many or what % of the annual harvest is year and half old bucks?
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Definitely looks like an old buck to me! Once they get to about 6yrs old I couldn’t tell you (if not for the history we have with a specific animal often times) if they are 6,7, or 8 much less 11! The 8.5 yr old we killed this past fall, my 16 yr old son at the time passed on him 2 years prior...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    11.5 yr old wow! That’s awesome and extremely rare in the wild. Very cool. I thought the 8.5 we killed last fall was something special lol Your 5-10% is similar to what my experience has been. Are you somewhere in Iowa or?
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Gross 170 or bigger
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Definitely hard. But also one of the many things that drive us all to chase it as hard as we do! And your last paragraph is good stuff....makes me feel a little better about my lack of “success”. Maybe I’m only a 9 on the suck level instead of the 10 like I’ve been thinking lol! The one Booner I...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Lots of great conversation going on that gets the wheels turnin, love it! I used to be that same 16-25yr old Skip. Then as I got in to my 20s I started hunting Illinois annually, hunted Iowa a couple times and then by time I was in early 40s was blessed enough to realize my dream of owning my...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Definitely love the conversation too and yes you articulated it very well. Good point regarding the captive herds too. I’m several counties north of pike and the once famed golden triangle. Have never hunted pike but have heard tons of stories of what it was like back in the “glory” days. I...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    I definitely agree w your last statement as I posted above. But I have to admit that your thoughts on the less deer equals bigger deer is a concept I’ve wrestled with and don’t know that I’m in agreement. You could certainly be right, just a couple of fanatics talkin deer here but some thoughts...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Agree with his bolder statement too. Fact Don Higgins recently talked about how he does this pretty aggressively on his farm and he took some flack because people thought he was trying to say that he could impact the genetics on his farm when he wasn’t saying that at all. He was just saying that...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    But I can’t imagine his farm was measurably different or better habitat wise in that stretch he had mega giants everywhere than it was those last 6-7 years though right? So it should be relative. He had a long stretch there where the deer numbers were lower than they had been and yet he still...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Your very last “side note” is interesting Skip. Definitely seem to be pockets like you describe that just seem to produce consistently. Fascinating as to why or how that could be. Seems to defy logic. On the flip side I’ve often wondered for example like with Winkes old farm. There was a stretch...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    I’m starting to regret that I asked lol....I’m gonna have a for sale sign on my farm by tonight if you guys keep this up lol. Not sure what to think. As I’ve said we have not had a problem getting a fair number of deer each year to 5+ which in most places in the country is step #1 that is the...
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Wow, 45% seems really good. I would be ecstatic with that type of result. Not questioning you at all. Definitely makes me start to question my farm a little bit though. I have definitely not been anywhere near that kind of figure.
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    % of old bucks that make BC....

    Interesting info, thanks. A 160” 8 pt though is basically the same as a booner in my book. That’s a heck of an 8pt If I were to guesstimate, and I’m not too far off here since it’s only been four years, I’ve had around 10-15 bucks in the first three seasons that I’m confident were 5 plus and...
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