In most circumstances, five is a better number than four. You need five basketball players on the court. Five fingers and toes are better than four. And five points on each side of a buck's antlers is always better than four.
Now what about the age of buck? Is it better to shoot a 5.5 year old buck or a 4.5 year old? Conventional wisdom is that you always want to shoot the older buck. I'm going to make the argument that shooting a 4.5 year old was better this past season for me and even more of a learning experience. At least it was when you compare the 4.5 year old harvested in '14 to the 5.5 year old harvested in '13.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.