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HOW many guys actually stuck to their QDM goals ??

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And only harvested MATURE deer and left the rest walk on by for another day ??

 

seems very few actually walk the talk , and when not seeing the buck they hoped to shoot , just decide to lower their standards. sometimes even a few times each season

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thats the only way i hunt!! if its not bigger than what i have on my wall it walks. until this year i didnt take a buck in 5 years. shot a 130 class buck in archery. If i need meat i shoot does. took 9 does between PA and NJ this year

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I walked the talk during bow season passed a bunch of bucks. But come shotgun hunted a piece that will be built on next year and took 2 young bucks.

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Its nj does not matter if you stick to Qdma because guess what? Your neighbors don't!!!! Nj is all about quantity not quality!

 

 

 

While much of that is true, and many bucks you let walk do get shot by another hunter close by, SOME are going to make it through. And sooner or later those ones will add up. Bucks that do survive the neighbors pressure will also end up staying on your property if done correctly.

 

to each his own , shoot what makes you happy. NJ def has the potential to be as good or better than Ohio, just too much greed here as there is with everything else that comes with NJ

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I did. I told myself I wouldn't shoot a buck that with less than 6 points (caveated if he was an old, limping grandpa - but we dont get many of those in NJ).

 

Needless to say, I let a couple 4 pointers and countless does walk this year. Ended up with one doe during earn a buck. Worst part is that I lost alot of that meat during the Sandy power outage...

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While much of that is true' date=' and many bucks you let walk do get shot by another hunter close by, SOME are going to make it through. And sooner or later those ones will add up. Bucks that do survive the neighbors pressure will also end up staying on your property if done correctly.

 

to each his own , shoot what makes you happy. NJ def has the potential to be as good or better than Ohio, just too much greed here as there is with everything else that comes with NJ

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I agree. Saying that it can't make a difference in NJ is just an excuse not to practice it. I didn't shoot a buck this year because my target buck got past me twice with the bow and I let walk dozens or more smaller bucks between bow and shotgun seasons. I did shoot 3 does to keep our local herd in better balance, but if some of the smaller bucks I let walk got shot on adjoining public lands, so be it. I did my part.

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Missing most of the season in 2011 made me realize its not always about shooting a monster,i was very happy with the 7 pt i killed.Didn't kill a buck this year.missed a big one,saw a couple out of range and passed quite a few.2 of the bucks I passed were killed and posted on NJH.

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Yeah, I've always stuck to my QDM goals. Often times, like this season, it results in unfilled buck tags. Though I was able to fill my freezer with a few big mature does. So no venison shortage.

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I stuck yo my goals as well. At our place in Va we took 5 mature bucks off the property & 2 mature does in the opening week of muzzleloader (1st week of November). In NJ I took 2 jacked up bucks off the property and no does. I stuck to my goals last year not shooting any small bucks and I have to say I feel as if it made a difference this year. I saw more bigger bucks this year than last year.

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Didnt get out much this year but when I did went for particular bucks. Didnt take a buck for 3 years just to let the smaller ones go

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With the bow i did. I am waiting for a good one. I had never killed a deer with a shotgun so 7 am tuesday morning i drove back from school for the day and i took a spike. It sure was not a monster but i was still very happy about it. So next year it will be a mature buck or no buck at all. If i get antsy ill go for a doe

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I've also always stuck to my QDM goals. It has almost always lead to an unfilled buck tag, but I don't mind. Last year it finally paid off and I connected on a decent mature buck for my first buck in about 18 years of hunting. (I posted pics under "My First Buck" on this site). I've passed some good bucks in my days of hunting. If I didn't do that, I often never would have even seen the big bucks because they are very rarely the first you see during the season.

 

I usually end up taking mature does just to fill the freezer...

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I ATE alot of tags this season' date=' and actually like the soup they made !!!!!!!!

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I had some of that tasty green soup as well:cheers:

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Just think if everyone did, thoris state would be worth the taxes and permits you have to pay. I have not shot or released an arrow in 5 years at a deer.Hope is a four letter word that can make you want more but it also makes you walk out the door at 4 in the morning.

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