"Buck fever big time and so this year I said I would shoot the first buck that gave me a good shot and on opening day of the gun season I shot a 4 point buck."
Now this is just my own thought on QDM. Isn't the whole concept of QDM to harvest mature deer? If you choose to practice QDM which is a personal choice then wouldn't the goal be to harvest mature deer? So if the goal of QDM is to harvest mature deer and also increase the health of the herd, then why would you shoot a little 1.5yr old 4 point buck? I can see someone shooting that deer if they didn't care about QDM but if you have made the choice to to start QDM on your property and those who hunt with you have done the same; then shouldn't you let those yearling deer go so they can grow and become mature deer later on in life? Just a thought.
thats what im saying
if i went to the person before the season and said you know were looking to do a QDM here
and he said nah im not going to participate there is nothing i can do and i respect his decision whole heartedly
but the person who shot this yealing buck agreed to shoot big or old deer
not yearling 3 pointers
I consider myself a QDM participator, but to me you have to start out small and work your way up. You hear hunters tell young hunters to shoot any buck and work there way up, and build up there confidence. I figured I didn't need to do that because I thought I was a good shot. Well last year I had a good 2.5 year old buck come out and I missed him. Buck fever big time and so this year I said I would shoot the first buck that gave me a good shot and on opening day of the gun season I shot a 4 point buck. Everyone was happy for me in camp and even though we practice QDM noone gave me the lecture about how big he would have been in 2 years. QDM isn't about how big the rack will be when he is a 3.5 year old buck or bigger its about the health of the deer herd. A trophy buck is different for every person. I consider every deer a trophy and thank God everytime I get a deer.
You never know how someone is going to react in the heat of the moment. At the beginning of the season their intention might well be to practice QDM - it's easier said than done.
If you have made the decision to practice QDM, and you have expressed those views to the others that you hunt with, then you should follow through with that. If you start your hunting season with a plan of action, I feel it is easier to follow through, and easier to let yearling bucks walk by without getting the itchy trigger finger.
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