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Michael Arnette
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Great deer Tom, good luck with the rest of your season. I have heard alot about Kentucky's management system, what are you thoughts on it?
I might have to try a D97 on my TallTines.

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KentuckyTJ
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Michael, I find myself sitting here debating on whether to answer you question publicly or not do to I by no means want to sound like a trophy hunter. Let me start by saying I've shot many small bucks in my time. I believe every ones hunting spot and personal standards are different. I was raised hunting a farm that a 110" buck was a sure trophy do to the low numbers of deer and the pressure from surrounding farms. I now however am blessed to hunt some of the greatest hunting land in the state and it is strictly managed for big bucks. So with that in mind here is my take on our Fish & Wildlife Departments efforts.

Our state has done an excellent job with our whitetail herd. When I started bow hunting in 1985 just to see a buck was an amazing event. They stocked northern strain deer from Michigan and Minnesota I believe as well as from other states which is the reason our mature deer have tremendous body sizes compared to other southern deer.

Our season is long Sept. - mid Jan. in my zone but we only get one buck tag, which I like. As I say they split the state up into different hunting zones depending on the herd sizes. I'm in a zone where the numbers are high and we can shoot as many does as we want as long as we keep buying bonus tags. In comparison the eastern mountainous part of the state has very few deer compared to our area and the take is regulated for much less. There are fewer deer there not due to the department not doing a good job but due to the land is mountainous and therefore they have very few crops and the land simply can't support many animals.

My wish would be to change some things though so more of our bucks could reach their full potential. I don't know anyone that given the opportunity to shoot a 150" deer over a 110" deer would pick the 110". An important issue there would be to move our three week long rifle season out of the rut. I really believe that's the next step in making some real jaw droppers in our state. Every season we lose many bucks that have great potential but are only 2.5-3.5 year old's due to them getting lead poisoning simply because they are in the rut. We also have another muzzleloader weekend in October as well as another week in December.

I would just like to see them take it to the next level of quality of deer over trying simply to control the numbers in my zone.

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quote:
Originally posted by KentuckyTJ:
An important issue there would be to move our three week long rifle season out of the rut. I really believe that's the next step in making some real jaw droppers in our state.

I agree 100% [readit]

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Big Ed
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Congrats on a fine season

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Bisch
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Congrats! What a brute!

Bisch

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congrats, Really nice deer
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Congrats on a great season Tom!

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centaur
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Good ones! I would like to shoot a buck in velvet sometime. Nice job.

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well done, that velvet looks cool. good luck in the late season.

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LoweBow
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Guys, lemme tell you a little something about TJ. I've been lucky enough to have hunted w/ Tom for over a decade now and have learned a ton from him in the process. We hit it off the day we met and have hunted together ever since. He is a modest bowhunter that has never wants any fame or recognition for taking many "above" average animals w/ a bow. Patient and silently deadly on his feet that can only be described as cat like.
I was sooo glad to see him lay down his compound and join me in trad archery. His 1st trad kill was a doe in my backyard....poor fawns hung around for over a month lookin for momma..LOL., but from the point in time that he released that arrow and watched the fletching dissapear in her ribs in slowmotion he has been hooked on the sitckbow. When he shot that doe....you'd of thought he had just killed another B&C buck...his eyes were HUGE and all he could keep saying was "That was freaking awesome!"

I can honestly say that Tom has surpassed my knowlege of trad bows and setups. He's flat eat up with it! He lives and breathes trad arechery from the time he wakes up till he goes to bed. Some day I expect he may even be able to outshoot me..LOL., but I'm won't hold my breath on that one....
A talanted photographer, dog trainer, and hunter. Loving father, husband, and friend.

Great fried to have that will do everything in his power to not let you down! I hope to be dragging many more deer in the years to come w/ this guy, but hope he starts shooting smaller ones as my back doesn't like these anymore.LOL.

Year ain't done yet Tom...hope you're still coming out this weekend. We're moving stands tomorry afternoon. Time to shoot some does together!

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Hey TJ, Excellant season so far and excellant thoughts on our Deer management here in Ky. I would agree 100%. After reading your post I was remembering when I started hunting back in the 70's when a 110"-120" class deer was considered a monster. Back then it was also common to see a nice 6 point hung on the wall as a true trophy. Ky. has done a good job, but I think if they could implement your thoughts about season changes, it would only get better.

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great season Tom, love that buck what a tank! the doe as well, looks like she could manhandle most the bucks in my area, look forward to seeing and hearing about your future kills.

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KentuckyTJ
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Thanks guys and special thanks to you Mike you are and will always be a great friend.

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Pinecone
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Woohoo! Great deer, Tom! Congratulations!

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Dang TJ every time i see a pic. of your deer it reminds me of all those big ole cows we raised when i was a kid, except for the horns of course. [thumbsup]

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