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Should i harvest him or should i give him one more year? The chances of him surviving one more year are very slim, because he will roam and get himself killed.
Can anyone judge his rack? Not huge, but nicely shaped, i assume.  
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your looking at 130's and maybe a 3 1/2 yr old deer. if it was private land with no shooting happy club's next door I would let him walk.
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He is at that stage where you know that in a year he would likely be a ten point but is a solid 8 point about 130 sounds correct.  I d probably let him live and put out a corn feeder to keep him on your place. If its public ground  hes screwed someone will kill him, hope its after the rut.
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He is on private land, in a landscape of small farms (40-60 acres of pasture and woods) mixed with "wooded estates" McMansions sitting on 10-20 acre wooded plots. He is legal to kill under our antler point restriction rules. Someone probably will kill him during the regular firearms season.

He has passed his genes to the next generation last year. My cameras show several spikes, forks, and 6 pointers in the same area. 
 
Slim as it is, there is a possibility of him surviving. In a week or so he will leave the place and start roaming for his rut anyway, so my window of opportunity to bag him is narrow. I decided to give him a chance. If he sticks to the McMansions area, he might survive. At 130 points he is not quite yet a "bragging rights" trophy. If my cameras pick him up next summer, i will try to pattern him and ambush him next September during archery season.
 
So far, i have been reluctant to use a bow in his area because if a deer runs 100 yards in any direction with an arrow sticking out of thier chest, they would end up in the neighboring property. And because i need to practice my bow skills.
 
Thanks for your opinions. I am not really much into trophies, i hunt mostly for fun and meat. I suppose this buck got me interested.  


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I concur with the others, he's 130ish.
 
This is a heck of a decision, the corn feeder would help, but he's gonna go where a doe in estrus leads him regardless of corn, I've literally watched it happen.
 
Since you view a 130 class buck as "not quite yet a bragging rights trophy", I'd take my chances and let him walk. BUT......how do other bucks in the area compare to him? This may be a trophy for the area. Hard to make a call on that one without knowing where you hunt; that would be my deciding factor.
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  +1   My opinion to.  IF he's representitive of a GOOD ONE for the area you live in he's a shooter.
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+2  He'd be a nice 3 point blacktail out here.
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That is a trophy in my book right now with a bow.  Rifle it just depends on you.
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Can't go by someone else might kill him. If you kill him he definitely won't grow any bigger. That said  I would probably take him. He is a respectable buck. 130's are pretty rare around here.
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