I only agree with this to a point. If you own the land, or have exclusive permission to hunt it, then you should reserve the right to change your mind as the season progresses.
JPH I have to say I am struggling to understand your example of your neighbor. Either he is participating in QDM or he isnt. For me I dont like it when I hear people say I am into QDM when they are seeing big deer and killing them, then when the first season comes along where they arent seeing the big ones like they were before they get frusterated and then shoot a smaller buck just to satisfy their need to kill a buck.
Now I would never talk down on sombody who kills a small buck. I will however ask them why they shot a smaller buck when they claim to be in QDM or trying to manage their land for bigger bucks. The usual answer is just like your example I was frusterated I am having a bad year and I needed to kill something, that never sits well with me.
I am not saying I am a QDM Pro I am just saying I set out to only take deer that are 3.5 or older have I killed deer that were 2.5 yes but not because I was frusterated with my season but because I misjudged the age of the deer. No regrets on that either. But in the seasons were I have been struggling to find the older deer (like this season) not once has it cross my mind to shoot the smaller bucks that I have seen some of which were 8 pointers with around a 15 inch inside spread. I have a set standard for what I want to kill and I will not and have not ever changed that standard just to fill a tag.
Not trying to ruffle feathers here this is just my opinion maybe my brand of hunting falls more into TDM than QDM.
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