If you shoot him then the other older, bigger buck you didn't shoot will be that much bigger next year! Then again if you shoot a spike then both deer will be bigger bucks next year...Then again, if you p [no swearing please] them up again next year they will be older, bigger bucks the year after...again...Why stop there..... P [no swearing please] them again and hey....who knows... Maybe you'll harvest .OOPS. Kill a NJ record book buck in 6 or 7 years.... So what, if you didn't get to enjoy the feel of antlers in your hand or meat on the table for 6 or 7 years....You now have something to BRAG about!If you know bigger "are" around why not wait?
I agree. In fact, I used to p [no swearing please] young bucks like him (and bigger) on state land with the bow, in waits for a really nice mature buck. Then I realized there was an open barrel of glue in my bedroom that I had been breathing in on a daily basis.I've seen bucks you've gotten in the past, so for the areas you hunt, and because you are questioning it, I'd say probably not. For me, where I hunt on public lands...I'd be shooting.