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A hunter in the New River Valley sent me several shots of this great buck.
I’m sure he’s hoping the deer sticks around for another couple months!
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He’s a Beauty !
That is a great piture of a real nice buck!
Wow, great G2s and G3s.
You know, if you let him live, he can pass those genes down to other offspring. By killing off all of the good ones, you are depleating the gene pool.
Those genes are already in every deer. By maintaining a healthy herd and controlling overpopulation, all bucks can reach this maturity with grandeur. Nature’s predators also do a pretty good job of taking out the sickly and injured animals. As can be witnessed along the highway and parkway, hunters aren’t even denting the number of healthy deer in Virginia, but healthy deer are DEFINITELY denting our vehicles.
Debbie, that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are…
Nice buck, if he is 4 1/2, there is nothing wrong with harvesting him. Most likely, he has passed about as much of his genes along as he can. Data supports the idea that the majority of the bucks performing the breeding are the 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year old deer. If this gentleman is in the same boat as myself, hunting exclusively on National Forest, then he may not have the advantage of letting him walk. I hope to see some pics this fall of this buck in hard antler.
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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:21:18 +0000
While growing up in rural Southern Oregon, Mark Taylor
developed a passion for the outdoors while he and his younger brother tagged along with their father on fishing,
hunting and camping adventures.
Graduating from Northwestern University in 1988, Taylor spent four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy based
in Norfolk before moving into journalism.
After five years writing about the military for a Norfolk-based publishing company, he became the outdoors
editor at The Roanoke Times in 1998. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and twin daughters.