I think the mindset will change once the big name hunters making hunting videos of nothing but doe hunts. I also think the mindset will change when we value hunting does (deer), ewes (sheep), cows (elk and moose), sows (hog and bear) over having to hunt the biggest rack, paws, teeth, or such.
If people want to hunt for the big racks or other trophies, so be it. However, if those same people complain about antler illness in others I am going to call them hypocrites.
Then again, perhaps I should jump on the "big racks are best" bandwagon and tailor my hunting philosophy to target obtaining the biggest racks possible. If it improves the herd, fine, but the goal is the biggest rack so that I can brag about it while it hangs on the wall. And then next year I can hunt for an even larger rack to replace it. This paragraph is said in sarcasm.
Ok, let me know when you kill the biggest buck...or the biggest doe?[;)] I think if the shows started filming "doe" only hunts, then most would not watch them anymore. Except hardcore doe hunters, who do not shoot any deer with "antlers" in the first place! I used to think next year I'd get a bigger buck, that isnt how it works around here, too many people shooting the first buck that walks by with a yearling rack. I guess my satisfaction is a secondary element, when compared to someone who has been hunting "brown is down" for a couple years. It's great they have started hunting, but I've been doing this for 20+ years, I think my opinion should be valued a little more. It's a awesome deal to harvest a buck of a life time, something that should be shared by many more hunters, who would in turn expect a little more out of thier hunt then some meat.[8|]