Letting the young walk on Public Land?

The buck on the left gross  scores around 205.  The buck to his right is 2 1/2 and probably his son.

The buck on the left gross scores around 205. The buck to his right is 2 1/2 and probably his son.

Should you let young animals walk on public land?

We all have been on both ends of the spectrum… it’s a 100% personal decision.

Meaning, there is not a right or wrong answer.

I look at passing young animals like catch and release, with regards to fishing.  I realize not everyone has my drive, determination or willingness to sacrifice a kill, just to perhaps see the animal grow into his potential.  I have nothing against hunters shooting young animals, but I honestly root for the young to survive; unless it’s a kid or disabled person hunting.

Here is the Mule Deer Buck featured in image #1.  He is 4 1/2

Here is the buck on the right in 2010.

I took this in 2010 and I passed on him again.

I took this in 2010 and I passed on him again.

Genetics and feed are huge influences in antler growth, but AGE is huge for public land animals.

Genetics and feed are huge influences in antler growth, but AGE is huge for public land animals.

In 2010, this buck started showing his potential.  He was but a couple hundred yards from where I found him in 2008.  I saw him twice that year and he really had matured into a respectable mule deer for this area.   I let him walk again because I was hunting for a couple bigger bucks and I knew he could be something special.

He will be 8 1/2 this year, if he evaded disease, hunters, poachers and 4 legged predators.  I can not help but hope he made it through the gauntlet of challenges public land animals face.

I have not seen him in 3 years…  

-Craig

 

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