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    I know that deer here in SW OK are certainly smaller in stature than the corn fed deer in MN where I grew up. So I'm trying to come up with some good ways to age a doe or buck from looking at them. Are there any reliable ways to look at a deer and determine if it is a shooter or not? I mean beside seeing a 10 point buck! One that arrow is released it is too late to change your mind. I'm afraid my son will shoot anything that walks in front of him, especially a buck. I also don't want to shoot too young of deer in the heat of the moment.

    To the seasoned hunter these may seem like a stupid questions, but my son and I are not seasoned hunters. The bottom line is I want us to be a responsible archers.
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    Everyone's definition of a "Shooter" is different. A shooter for you, may be a let 'em walk for me and vice versa. I'd check out some searches on field aging. There are some good tips out there that will help you figure out roughly what age deer you are looking at based on body characteristics and build. The check/brisket/bell/rump are all good signs.

    As far as does go, I'll just be giving them a rough guess - if I like the size, done deal. If it she is clearly small - I'll let her go. Although, first doe I see this year that doesn't have spots and has a decent size small/large is gonna get it.
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    It can be hard, especially if it's a lone deer. If it's two babes with their mother then it's easier. That being said, if you want something unique to mount then those little critters with spots fill the bill. LOL.
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    No Bambis wanted here Barry. I'm not trophy hunting either. I just want something in between. Honestly I don't even care if it is a buck or not. My kid is horn hunting. Gramps has taken him rifle hunting the last 2 years and has let him shoot what I think was too small. Of course I wasn't there to say wait and G-Pa won't say no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLN1963 View Post
    I also don't want to shoot too young of deer in the heat of the moment.
    Just a part of hunting, you need to be able to say yes or no not only for size but for shot angle, distance, etc. Don't stress about it, have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLN1963 View Post

    To the seasoned hunter these may seem like a stupid questions, but my son and I are not seasoned hunters. The bottom line is I want us to be a responsible archers.
    That's definitely not a stupid question. I have passed up a couple deer do to them being too small. It's really your call as to whether the deer is a shooter or not.
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    If it doesn't have white dots!!!

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    im in it for the food,so that being said..if it walks i will shoot it

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