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Anyone have an idea how many deer they have taken over the years?

JayhawkerJayhawker ModeratorPosts: 16,928 Senior Member
With another deer season a few days away, I got to thinking about all the deer (Whitetails and Muleys) have put in the freezer over the years...with a bow, slug gun, muzzle loader and centerfire rifle,  the number hovers around 60....this does not include the deer I have shot during a couple of culls I was involved in...

Most were does, intended to feed a large family, but there have been a couple of memorable bucks in memorable circumstances

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  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,447 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #2
    3 whitetail.  All were culls on a deer ranch.  Hopefully this season I can make it 1 free range deer.

    2 hill stags many years ago.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    One whitetail. Deerfield carbine.

    Four elk. Centerfire rifle.
    One mule deer and six elk. Cap-lock hawken muzzleloader.

    Nine of the ten elk were extracted from the field by myself with no help.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,101 Senior Member
    somewhere around 75, mostly does
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,805 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #5
    4. 3 mule deer 1 whitetail.  2 bucks 2 does. 

    Couldn't hunt deer in my unit for a long time.  Tags now take lots of points.  
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,051 Senior Member

    I’ve been hunting deer since I was 8 and culling since I was in my early 20s. 

    I honestly have no idea how many hundreds and hundreds. 
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,661 Senior Member
    Around 15. 
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  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 291 Member
    Started hunting again two years ago. After 20+ years of pause. I shot my first big game in September 2016
    Now I have shot 
    Three Roe deer
    Twenty three White tails
    Six moose

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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,112 Senior Member
    I dont keep count. Same with game birds.

    I also dont keep count of how much money I have spent on hunting, firearms, ammunition etc......... :D
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,961 Senior Member
    Killed my first deer at 13, i'm havnt hunted since 2016 thats 66 years of hunting, i would have to guess somewhere between 75 and 100, mostly does, that includes 20+ years of crop damage permits. FWIW i have never killed a true "trophy" buck.

  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,961 Senior Member

     I think it's 20 or 21.  Even though I lived in states that were once deer hunting havens (Utah and Colorado) for nearly 40 years, I did not take that many deer while living there.   I never got in on any cull or crop damage hunts, or shot a lot of does.  If memory serves, the does I killed this year may be the only doe I've ever killed.  There have been a good number of small bucks, though.

    I've also taken 4 elk (3 bulls and a cow), and about 11 antelope (all in Colorado).

    I've never really killed what could be considered a trophy buck, although I have taken a couple of 4 point mule deer and one nice 8 point whitetail.


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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,052 Senior Member
    30, give or take a couple. All whitetail. Haven't shot a deer in years. I used to remember every one, but now....not so much. Antelope, though.....5. I remember every one of them like it happened this morning. Antelope I've missed...probably a dozen....I remember them like it was 5 minutes ago.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,267 Senior Member
    Same as Mr. Owl's Tootsiepop licks:  3

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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    I've shot around 30 deer...2 Texas whitetail, 2 Michigan whitetail, an Arizona muley, a few California blacktail, and a buncha Idaho whitetail. 
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,128 Senior Member
    4. 1 with a 9x23 Winchester, 1 with a .264 Win Mag, 1 with a muzzle loader, another with a shotgun slug.
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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,314 Senior Member
    Probably around 12-15. Haven't killed 1 in yrs though. Been letting my son kill'em.  I'm after horns now.

  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,101 Senior Member
    I forgot 3 Axis deer, with 2 shots with my SP
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.

  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,150 Senior Member
    No clue anymore, but if I was forced to hedge a guess, I'd say 30-35 total.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,720 Senior Member
    26-----most shot while hunting something else

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  • Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors Member Posts: 314 Member
    Living in coastal South Carolina- we have a 4.5 month deer season and until last year, no limit on private land- I have no clue how many I have killed but 1 year stands out, a club was being clear cut and they wanted to remove as many deer as possible- not culling at night, but through normal hunting practices. I killed 40 on that club including 7 in 1 day- I also killed a good number other places. None of the deer were wasted- all were self processed and shared.

    Now we have a limit- 5 bucks and 8 does with personal tags and as many does as we can shoot with club tags. I have missed almost 2 months laid up with a broken ankle but have killed 2- 8 points, a doe and a hog so far, be back hunting beginning of December. Season runs August 15th through Jan 1st.
  • KMT2KMT2 Member Posts: 360 Member
    9 white tail, 1 mule deer, and 1 russian boar. 7 of the white tail are with my bfr revolver and as well the hog and 2 white tail with shot gun and mule with my 7mm mag
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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    I would have no idea.  I've tried to think back to all my deer kills and I keep remembering one or two here and there.  I'd say 30 ish maybe more.

    Hogs, I would need a scientific calculator to figure out  B)
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,162 Senior Member
    No clue.  1-4 deer a year since I was 12 years old.  Somewhere between 32 to 128 deer...

    probably a lot closer to 32.
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