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Shooter

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What is a 170 class deer? Or 180 class deer? I hear people say I saw a 170 class buck. What does that mean? Does it mean it's somewhere between 170-179 7/8? Or is it 170 even? If someone asks me how big a buck I saw or killed was, if I haven't scored it. I'll say 170, or low 170's, or mid 170's or upper 170's. But I've never said he's 170 class. What does the class mean?
 
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Bonecollector

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The flatlander idiots back here in eastern Ohio will claim to have seen 180 inch deer when it’s lucky if it’s 120 ! 😂😂
 

Ikeepitcold

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I agree with Shooter

When I hear someone say 170 class I think 170-180. I also never say that I say the same. Low 170s mid or high.
 
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Hilltop

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To me when "class" is associated with the number it means a person is giving a ballpark estimation for what they think the deer will score. Like mentioned above, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I have had them go both ways but know that ground shrinkage is much more common than ground growth!
 

ColoradoV

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This thread is worthless without pics 😂... I will add a few here when I get time.

I use “class” all the time and usually find I am a bit low on my estimations. During scouting and in my notes I use it extensively so when I look back at the notes I don’t forget any.. Or my notes say “August 18th 2019 went to kiss my ass basin and saw 13 bucks. 3 - 180” class bucks 1 - 190” class buck.”

I also looked over 330+ bucks his year to find the one I got and again helps me keep my year to year notes in order.

Best “class” buck this year was a buck I hunted w my dad - 4th rifle. First time I saw the buck friends who knew we were hunting asked and I put him squarely in the 210” class.. After seeing him again and getting video - was no doubt bigger than 210”.
 

ColoradoV

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Ok here is one and to get a discussion started what "class" do you think this buck is in?more deer 037.jpgmore deer 037.jpgmore deer 051.jpgmore deer 048.jpgmore deer 040.jpg
 

ridgetop

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I would guess him in the 165-170" range. Inside spread and short G-4s are what's holding this buck back on score. Still a great looking buck.
 

Bonecollector

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You can put Pennsylvania in there as well.
These are the same "hunters" who shot a deer at 550+ yards. We all know shots like this are as rare as hitting the lottery here in the Appalachian country where the terrain just doesn't allow it... Gezzz.

I ONCE took a guy western hunting who claimed to have shoot multiple deer at 400+ yards. Yep, simply hold on the top of it's back and fire. This particular guy did not own a range finder either. Once I shot my antelope at only 275 yards and walked out to retrieve, he looked back at the 2-track road and said I can't believe how far this is... I said that's nothing, you've shot lot's of deer over 400 back home! He never mentioned it again!
 
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