Am interested in any thoughts on choice of bucks to take - ie what selection criteria do you use before squeezing the trigger. Thoughts prompted by Wayne Davis's video of a very nice looking buck - I would have possibly left it on the basis that it has a nice symetrical head that given a few years could be an even better trophy, and in the meantime his DNA will get spread around.
The obvious cull beasts are:
1) Sick or injured beasts
2) Very old animals going back
But it is the younger smaller beasts where my questions arise. Should you,
1) Leave them to get bigger, and if they push out / displace the bigger older beasts then that's natural selection taking place
2) Take any you see, on the basis that you do need to cull say 10 or 15% just to keep the population stable and its difficult enough spotting bucks, let alone getting into them for a safe and certain shot. And if you take out one buck, you are leaving plenty of space for others to come in.
3) Take any with scruffy heads, bent antlers etc and leave the good ones.
4) or as another friend puts it - take anything that is half decent on the basis that if you don't somebody else will and you will only ever see a fraction of what is actually on the ground.