I was lucky to grow up in a family full of mule deer hunters. They shot some really nice bucks.. 4x4's, 5x6's, the tall and heavy as well as the ideal non-typicals.
All of these, but nothing larger than 29-1/2 inches wide. If you see anything over 30 inches, I would say BUST HIM!!!
I know now (way too late) that I should have taken him.
Last edited by mt-mike; 07-25-2014 at 08:17 AM.
You will hunt mule deer again so don't stress too much about it, you will know when it's time to squeeze the trigger. Looking forward to seeing what you gun down!
Deciding factors??? Shoot the one you want........who cares what others have to say.
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That sounds like a good problem to have! You still have a lot of time to scout, just keep poking around. That being said, I'd shoot a big 3x in a heartbeat, but it's all up to the individual. Like others have said, you'll know when it's time. Big is big no matter how many points it has.
I am in the same boat- all of my mule deer are in that 25" class. I don't believe a hunter gets too many opportunities at 30" bucks anymore so it would be an easy decision for me. Old 30" buck = shooter. Would that extra few inches of tine on his frame really change him that much? My best archery mule deer is a 3x3 that is beautiful... I would shoot him again today. That said, I would follow the others advice of taking the one that makes you get excited.
I venture to say that you will come across a lot more 3 x 3 Mule Deer than you will thirty inchers. That seems to be a marque that is becoming more difficult to find as the years roll along. If it is a 30 inch deer, that is a shooter in my book.
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I agree with shoot the one you want and it is hard to pass up a 30" + buck.
This happened to me a few years ago and while I knew and had seen better scoring bucks in the area when later in the season I got a opportunity at this guy who is basically only a 2x3 with no eye guards I could not pass it up. Years later it is still cool to have gotten a wide buck even if the numbers on the score sheet are not as high as you would like. I still have never put a tape on this one as the yardstick tells the only number I needed that day.
Have fun and if there are that many bucks in the area you will find a stud.