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  • Rifle season is a month away in my state, so just a hypothetical question for everyone. There is a mature doe standing broadsid

    Rifle season is a month away in my state, so just a hypothetical question for everyone. There is a mature doe standing broadside at 25 yards, and a big buck standing broadside 150 yards away. Calling the buck in closer is not an option. It's the last day of the season and you do not have any venison in the freezer, which one do you shoot at?

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    I shoot the buck (unless there is some extenuating circumstance) because he will provide more meat and hang his headgear on the wall of the den or the tractor shed. That's not a hard shot (150 yds.) on a standing broadside buck unless I have to freehand him, in which case I'd shoot the doe.

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    • #3
      Oops...I did mean to specify the type of shot. Only the gun and your body allowed(Freehand, use your knee as a rest, etc.). No shooting sticks or anything like that allowed.

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      • #4
        i bet you couldnt even make a standing 25 yard shot jm so i wouldnt shoot at either of them if i was you. you prob some poser with a custom $5000 gun and $1000 scope that thinks they are all that because they can hit a target with the help of a rest that doesnt let the rifle move at all. i bet you couldnt even find a deer where i hunt. prob rely on someone to push a deer to you.

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        • #5
          IT'S late in the season,I've already passed on doe deer since early September,Big BOY is in a world of trouble.

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          • #6
            LONGBOW 83'' IS THIS really the direction your sure you want to go ? Sometimes it's better to keep your negative comments to your self and be thought of as a fool,to continue removes all doubt.

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            • #7
              If it is a freehand shot I am going to shoot the doe.

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              • #8

                Clear shot at the buck? I would shoot the buck.
                JM.... I've seen people like Longbow83 come and go on this site.

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                • #9
                  I have always been and will always be a meat hunter. I would shoot the doe. You may have slightly more meat on the buck, but that doe will be more tender.

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                  • #10
                    All else being equal, I'd shoot the buck, you get more meat, plus a nice rack for the wall. A 150 yard shot with your knees as a rest isn't that hard, for a good rifleman. And the argument that the doe would taste better/be more tender isn't true if you fix the meat right. Pressure can it or fix it in a crock-pot/slow cooker with the right seasonings, and that old buck will be as good as any doe.

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                    • #11
                      BTW, I hope somebody at OL shuts down "Longbow83"s account pretty soon. He's not contributing anything positive to the discussion.

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                      • #12
                        There would be antlers on the ground!

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                        • #13
                          I guess I'm the odd one out here, because I would shoot the doe. Not that I couldn't make the shot on the buck, but I already have a pile of horns from years gone by and a few nice trophies. So unless he was a real brute and would surpass my largest or at least give it a run for its money I would let him walk.

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                          • #14
                            shoot them both, because One deer can't feed me all winter

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                            • #15
                              I have reported longbow for the personal attack and unnecessary derogatory statements. There's no sense in that sort of thing.

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