My column in today’s Roanoke Times touches on the habit we hunters have of over-estimating deer antler scores, primarily of deer we see before the season.
Just the other day I heard a fellow hunter tell me about a buck he saw that was “every bit of a 150 class.” I’m not saying it’s not possible, and this guy killed a big one a few years ago, so he’s no rookie. But I think a lot of the “150 class” bucks we hear about are really 120 bucks.
Great deer, still. Just not record book deer.
As I noted in the column, a couple of deer featured on this blog last year have been officially scored. One was Danny Dye’s big firearms kill from Prince George County, while the other was Ed Muse’s awesome Amherst County bow kill.
If you see a deer like one of these this year, you have my blessing to deem it “every bit of a 150 class”!