He's a bit young. Great genetics though. That's a pretty rack nicely shaped, and symmetrical. He could use a little more mass, but he ain't gettin by me. I'd put him down, and with a pretty rack like that...I'd hang him on the wall. Is that a zone 5 deer??
private property and youre the only one that hunts it..maybe so he gets a chance to hopefully get a few does pregnant and p [no swearing please] his genes on..otherwise meat will be on the table and rack on the wall
In NJ it's close to impossible to manage a deer herd, so letting a buck walk, probably only gives "you" a good feeling.
When that buck crosses over to the next property, he'll probably get laid out or possibly tatooed by a vehicle.
You don't need to shoot him if there are bigger deer in the area [spy]
Save your buck stub I''ll harvest him and you wait for a bigger buck just pm me where you've seen him and I'll handle the rest [hihi][hihi][hihi]
I seriously thing if he went another year or 2, he would be and amazing buck, if there is a really good chance he'll survive another year or 2 then you could let him walk and wait for the big pay off, but here in N.J. odds are against him, but do what you feel is the best thing for you.
Shoot him now and tomorrow you'll wish you were out still hunting. If not this year then next or the year after. He may look bigger in daylight and you can change your mind and take him. If your not planning on a mount and you know theres better potential then you answered your own question. It is a beautiful rack but maybe you wantto outwit a gnarly older codger