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On 2/10/2019 at 5:35 PM, hammer4reel said:

MY avatar buck was killed on a HIGHLY trafficked public piece.

And I hunted him there 3 seasons before getting him

so they def can be there, just staying in a very tight core area .

LOTS of  GIANT bucks in the record books here in NJ came off public pieces.

Our daughter killed this 5.5 year old buck on public land last year.  They are there but it takes some work to find them.  

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It depends how much time you have to scout.  I usually get a chance or two a year with a couple more sightings.   If I had more time to scout and hunt Im sure I could increase that.

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My two biggest bucks were both shot on December 12 10 years apart and I never realized it until about two years ago. 

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btwn 4 different spots and hunting every wknd with some weekdays as well, I saw (3) 3.5+ or older bucks. I missed an opportunity on one. They don't get "mature" by giving you a second chance. The buck I got last wk. might be 3.5 or older. When I euro him I'll have a better idea. My oldest was probably 4.5.

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10 hours ago, megavites said:

btwn 4 different spots and hunting every wknd with some weekdays as well, I saw (3) 3.5+ or older bucks. I missed an opportunity on one. They don't get "mature" by giving you a second chance. The buck I got last wk. might be 3.5 or older. When I euro him I'll have a better idea. My oldest was probably 4.5.

Get it aged, looking at tooth wear is not reliable.

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2 minutes ago, NJ Predator said:

What exactly is "mature" in hunting terms?

Everywhere I ever hunted, Canada, Mid-west, South, it is 4.5 YOA

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