I have a farmer friend who owns several farms in a prime Illinois big buck area. He has paying hunters, and where you really see the "illness" strike is when some hunters are hunting out of state, and are paying some $$ to be able to hunt for a big one. I've seen normally sane, rational guys, do some downright STUPID stuff to get a chance at a big buck, like deliberately leaving the property that they are hunting, and trespassing on another's lease, right after they were told and SHOWN where the boundaries of the farm they were allowed to hunt ended.
My farmer buddy has absolutely NO patience for this type of behavior, and they are immediately told to "pack their s*** and GIT!"....and forfeiting what they paid for the hunt. It's not common behavior by any means, but it has happened more than a few times.
Get some perspective...it's only a deer! It's not like they're SCARCE or anything.
Besides, what really matters isn't the size of the calcium deposits on it's head, but HOW you hunted it, and the difficulty of the chase.
I'd rather kill a smaller buck or doe that I hunted on the ground or stalked on ground that I spent years learning their movement on, than a big "shooter" deer that I potshot from a treestand that some "guide" placed me on, on ground that I'd never seen before.
I guess I'm a dinosaur, but I have this quaint idea that the best kills are the ones you EARN. Paying 3K to 5K to be placed on a stand that you had no input on and waiting for a "shooter" to show up cheapens the whole experience IMO.
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