For You JPH since you asked.
Actually I am for sound "very smart" management of the land and deer herd and hunter management. I do have a farm I shoot does on north of the home farm, but my main buck hunting land is my home farm .I will not shoot the does who live there anymore because when they step off and in the way of of the hunters that border my farm they are likely to be taken because they think that they are QDMrs but they never shoot anything but 1.5 year old basket racks.
There have been more than a few good bucks over the years that I never took for one reason or another but still ended up taking a one of my target bucks instead but that is hunting .Some were shot by anther hunter a few just dissapered forever ,A couple died of natural causes one was hit by a car .
One Old Buck I waged a 3 year epic war with that he won plain and simple . I had watch him grow for 4.5 years and was ready to take him but he was not ready for that and we battled every season till he was 7.5 years old . Inever seen him agin after that he would scored betweed 190 -200 in. typ I have what was left of his 7.5 year old right shed it had a circumfrance mesurement between his g2 and g3 of 7 1/8th and the mesurment betwwen his g3 and g4 was 5 2/8th inches with a base mesurment of 5 7/8thinches and beam length of 28 3/8ths. Yep he wone but I have ahis right shed that year and I still know that I got just a small peice of him .But he got a big peice of me since he won and then vanished.
So does this make me a better hunter or consistant hunter to you if it does great if not I will not sweat what a guy who does not know me or has seen my bucks sway me or ruffle me in any way .Because what I do works most of the time.
So I stand for smart management .I /we do not shoot does there we guard them and take mature bucks from their tail every year. If the doe herd was harming the land on the farm that I live on I would thin a few out but since I layed off of them about 15 years ago the bucks show up there and stay almost the entire duration of the rut for the most part . Many bucks simply call it home and grow old there .
I Do not agree with the mentality that to be a qdm guru you have to shoot every doe you can not every state or property is way out of balance buck to doe or anywhere remotely close to carrying capacity .Because after all the end all to every QDM wannabe is to shoot the most mature buck the hunting area they has. My goal is no different than theirs I just wizened up and the does/deer get quite comfortable on the farm that I grow has several acres of standing year round food plots and timber cuttings for bedding.
As for the bucks I take a mature buck almost every year and you only saw just a few pics of my bucks and a couple of my sons . Buy the way they are not just some guys as you put it they are my kids . The oldest has deer hunted 12 years and for the first 10 he was free to shoot what he wanted with bow or gun and made some good choices on the way as you will see in a few more pics of his first bow buck and then the next years bow buck. My youngest who is now 18 and the pic of him with his first buck that made the book by the way was one I put him on because he promised strait As and delivered he also delivered a giant buck I was saving for myself for the next year .
What do I stand for ??
So I stand for hunters hunting the way they want ,I stand for hunters not making excuses to anyone especially another hunter for what they shoot or the way they do it as long as its legal . I am for all hunting weapons I am for hunters minding their own business if they can not say anything nice to another hunter . I despise anti hunters . I believe in freedom of choice . I believe that every hunter ultimately must make only himself happy and if that means shooting a 4 pt buck that he has watched for an entire season so be it who am I or you to tell him no.
Here are a two of my oldest sons bow kills from 12 years ago the small 8 was his first and the next buck was his choice completely the next year. Then my youngest second buck a 4.5 year old pig with an average rack his choice . Then a pic of my buck laying with an arrow in his back on the ground just a few minutes after the kill. my choice and then a few pics of a few of the random bucks from over several years.
OH ya just so you all know I posted the pics not as some kind of brag or boast I posted them to give you an Idea I know how to hunt mature bucks for my area and manage my land . If I did nut I would not be taking good bucks and my sons would be struggling to get their bucks also . We are not struggling or are we lucky either I /we work hard all year on our land and game plan . We do not make excuses we hunt hard .
Oh ya I also stand for this statment. "Buck deer will be buck deer everywhere they live they eat ,sleep,rub antlers ,scrape ,move to and from feed to beds and the breed does and there is a rut in every deer herd and all bucks have a weakness you just have to find it.
They are not mystical ,magical ,clairvoiant animals they use thier senses in ways we don't even have a way to underestand or fathom but they are still just animals with weeknesses and flaws in what to some seems to be inpenatrable armor.
For you Swamp life a few answers.
I have deer hunted Fl west of Vero Beach quite a few miles my aunt and uncle lived down there for years as did my Great grand dad did in lakeland I kicked around a few palmeto swamps there after a buck but passed a couple of 6 points and took a 7 pt later , a plantation in SC 8pt there, and south east TN took a nice 7pt there. They are by far the hardest hunting I have had to do but I took bucks from all three I was told they were good for the area after I took them.Were they
35 years of hunting deer and more than I can count down and I still learn something new every year! There are no absalutes with Deer or in Deer hunting