Do you downsize your standards ?

Discuss deer hunting tactics, Deer behavior. Post your Hunting Stories, Pictures, and Questions/Answers.
  • Advertisement

HB Store


User avatar
Babshaft
Posts: 246
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:00 pm
Location: Ontario...Great White North
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Babshaft » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:21 am

elk yinzer wrote:I just like to hunt but there is definitely some hunting "game theory" that goes into it, especially living in a one-buck state with a short archery season. I find my standards shift (lower) a good bit as the season goes on. They also tend to shift at the sight of a borderline buck, haha. It's kind of like picking up chicks at the bar/club scene. A dude's standards at 10 PM aren't quite the same a few hours later.


Hahahahaha awesome. I've got the same mentality. As the season gets older and it gets colder, I'll settle for a swamp donkey...

..we're still talking about bars right? lol


User avatar
Weaver.b
Posts: 113
Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:40 pm
Status: Online

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Weaver.b » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:19 am

I have 3 bucks on the wall. My first which was a small 7 point. A 125 10 point and a 155 13 point. And to be 100% honest its hard for me to pass on almost any deer. But I manage to hold off and wait for something bigger. I would shoot pretty much any mature buck unless I had a good reason to believe I would have a good chance at something bigger. My goal is to take down those old bucks even if they are just a heavy scrub rack. Its more about taking down the old beast for me.
When my time upon this earth the days they are fulfilled let me die at least as clean as those I killed
User avatar
Jonny
500 Club
Posts: 2753
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:11 am
Location: Milwaukee
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Jonny » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:47 am

Can’t downsize what I don’t have :mrgreen:
"Get busy living or get busy dying"
User avatar
wolverinebuckman
Posts: 304
Joined: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:55 am
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby wolverinebuckman » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:08 pm

After finally getting to wrap a tag on a deer this year, a young 9 point, my goal for the rest of pre rut and rut was a 3.5 yo with a little bit of mass. Six days after I shot the 9 I had a 10 that could have been a near match for the the 9 in size at 7 yards, and passed.
After the rut, my standard went back to any buck of at least a couple years old for the freezer (as of now I pass on post rut does). I ended with that second tag in my pocket, but I'm glad I passed still, since it allowed me to keep hunting through the season.
As of now the plan is the same for '18, a meat deer early season, a big boy during rut, and any decent freezer filling buck late season.
Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.
User avatar
Hawthorne
500 Club
Posts: 3511
Joined: Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:13 pm
Location: michigan
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Hawthorne » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:30 pm

We get two buck tags in Michigan. First tag I want something in the100” range. Second tag I raise it for something better. Why I only fill both tags about once every 4 years. I usually don’t have multiple pope and Young’s running around. Most I had was 3 this year in one area and I shot one of them.
Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

Genesis27:3
User avatar
TheBuckPsych
500 Club
Posts: 914
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:49 am
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/thebuckpsych/
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby TheBuckPsych » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:00 pm

Jonny wrote:Can’t downsize what I don’t have :mrgreen:



Me too i agree
User avatar
Boogieman1
500 Club
Posts: 1790
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:18 pm
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Boogieman1 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:36 pm

No, I don't downsize my standards. If I did wouldn't that be the same as having no standards :think: I am a whitetail junky, some jump out of planes others snort lines of white powder for a feeling I get sitting in my perch watching a plan unfold.

As years rolled by guess I'm no diff than the rest of the junkies, I'm chasing that first high. Which takes a fairly descent animal to quinch my thirst. This is not only based on inches however, sometimes it's just the moment at hand that scratches the itch. I am a sucker for a buck crossing a creek on a cold morning with steam pouring off his back! Also busted racks don't concern me, I feel they add to the tale.

For myself just shooting a young buck for the sake of just not having to eat tag soup does nothing but make me feel I cheated myself out of a feeling of accomplishment. Not only that but I just made the following year harder by shooting this young one. I like fresh venison as much as anyone, but I'm not gonna starve to death if I don't shoot something. If my only concern was meat I would raise afew steers, I believe it would be cheaper provide more meat and leave me more free time to do something else.
There's more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of pulling the trigger.
User avatar
Buckinator
Posts: 73
Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:04 am
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Buckinator » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:20 am

Its easy to daydream and set a standard but in the moment I have a hard time judging inches. If I am lucky enough to have a buck in range its either yes or no. If there is any hesitation in my decision making the choice has been made for me because of it.
The thought of bigger is better crosses my mind, but I wouldn't hesitate to take a "smaller than" my biggest bucks. Dan said recently in the 2017 review video that goals change, year to year and maybe week to week or even day to day.
User avatar
Net Guy
500 Club
Posts: 515
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:18 pm
Location: SE WI
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Net Guy » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:41 am

I view standards and goals differently. Standards will never be downsized for me. To me, I have standards to be an ethical, lawbidding hunter and help other hunters along the way. Also, I have a standard to always have fun and enjoy the journey. However, my goals are flexible. My goals depend on where I am hunting, the potential for the areas, and adjustments to anything else that I may encounter throughout the season.
Luck is the residue of design
User avatar
Kraftd
500 Club
Posts: 1570
Joined: Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:44 pm
Location: NE IL
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Kraftd » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:22 am

Too many variables to say. Public vs. private, how much time do I have in a given year, how much meat do I have stockpiled, what are the circumstances of the hunt, what is in the area, how many tags do I have left, how far in the marsh am I... I go into each sit with an idea of what I'm after and usually stick to that,but I've had days where I was just after any deer and ended up letting young bucks go, and days where I was set on a mature buck and stuck a 2.5 year old. For me personally, setting an immovable standard would take the enjoyment out of it. That said, if I had one buck tag per year, I'd be more predisposed to do that.
User avatar
Buckinator
Posts: 73
Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:04 am
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Buckinator » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:35 am

Net Guy wrote:I view standards and goals differently. Standards will never be downsized for me. To me, I have standards to be an ethical, lawbidding hunter and help other hunters along the way. Also, I have a standard to always have fun and enjoy the journey. However, my goals are flexible. My goals depend on where I am hunting, the potential for the areas, and adjustments to anything else that I may encounter throughout the season.


Nicely put.
Grasshopper
Posts: 267
Joined: Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:10 pm
Location: PA
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Grasshopper » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:43 am

Buckinator wrote:
Net Guy wrote:I view standards and goals differently. Standards will never be downsized for me. To me, I have standards to be an ethical, lawbidding hunter and help other hunters along the way. Also, I have a standard to always have fun and enjoy the journey. However, my goals are flexible. My goals depend on where I am hunting, the potential for the areas, and adjustments to anything else that I may encounter throughout the season.


Nicely put.


2X I'll add that if the freezer is low I'm more worried about that than antlers.
User avatar
muskieman
Posts: 192
Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:20 am
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby muskieman » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:02 am

I know what is good for my area. So for me 120 inch or above I will shoot if I have a good shot. I was lucky enough to kill a 165 incher this year. Next year a 125 incher comes by opening day I'm shooting....
User avatar
TheBuckPsych
500 Club
Posts: 914
Joined: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:49 am
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/thebuckpsych/
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby TheBuckPsych » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:22 am

muskieman wrote:I know what is good for my area. So for me 120 inch or above I will shoot if I have a good shot. I was lucky enough to kill a 165 incher this year. Next year a 125 incher comes by opening day I'm shooting....



I just wanna have the opportunity to see bucks 125 or bigger. Thinking back now I really dont think ive ever seen one that big i hope i start this season
User avatar
Babshaft
Posts: 246
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:00 pm
Location: Ontario...Great White North
Status: Offline

Re: Do you downsize your standards ?

Postby Babshaft » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:59 am

Lopedog699 wrote:
muskieman wrote:I know what is good for my area. So for me 120 inch or above I will shoot if I have a good shot. I was lucky enough to kill a 165 incher this year. Next year a 125 incher comes by opening day I'm shooting....



I just wanna have the opportunity to see bucks 125 or bigger. Thinking back now I really dont think ive ever seen one that big i hope i start this season


I'm in the same boat as you lads (minus the 165 incher last year lol...congrats!). If I see a 125 I'll be letting her fly if I get the opportunity!

Return to “Deer Hunting”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: fr0sty, Monroe110, Weaver.b and 4 guests