ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
If i was willing/able to pay 50g's to shoot a monster buck i could do it each year as well and so could everyone else.
...or where to hunt them.
Nope its neither. he has alot of money and will pay big bucks too hunt the big bucks.
The hunter still has to know how to hunt big bucks, regardless of where your hunting, or how much you pay. Give the man some credit here, even if you have to swallow some pride in the process, his wall is very impressive. I'm also sure that he didn't get to where he is in this business by being a educated idiot. I've always liked the "buckmaster" mag, not because of JB, but because of the information on deer hunting, which used to rank up there with the N-A-W, and D&D hunting publications. Bashing someones name because you didn't renew your subscription on time is sad, if that is the case. I don't know if some of you have something personal against JB, or the "buckmasters" mag, but this isn't the place to make deflamatory remarks about them. The man has to make a living, just like the rest of us here, as well as our writers, and D&D hunting prostaff.
[size="3"]Traveling to a place you've never been, being placed on a stand that someone else scouted and then set up, and then waiting for a "shooter" to come along is NOT deer HUNTING
, but deer SHOOTING
. His trophy wall, regardless of how big or how many deer are on it don't tell me a thing about what kind of hunter he is, other than the fact that he's a rich one. [/size]
[size="3"]Bottom line......I'm not impressed.[/size]
[size="3"]On the other hand, I don't for a nano-second begrudge Mr. Bushman for his success. He is a VERY good marketer and promoter, and would be a success at whatever he chose to be a pitchman for. [/size]
[size="3"]But he will continue his success without my $$$, as I have no interest in what his magazine offers.[/size]
[/quote] Gee.. my wall has some big deer heads on it, and I'm not rich, or hunting with a outfitter. I'm sure JB hunts some leased ground, but who doesn't, and even if he does hunt a outfitter with a guide, does that make him any less respected than the thousands of other hunters doing the same thing? Many of the members of deer & deer hunting mag hunt outfitters every year. According to your ideals they can't hunt as well because they paid for their hunts ahead of time? I also bet alot of hunters wished it was as easy to harvest a mature buck while hunting a outfitter as you say.
There is a big difference to guided hunts in wild area than paying for a kill at some high fenced ranch. And also, I have never hunted a lease, and know of no one else that has. I do not "pay to hunt". I already do enough of that with my taxes and license fees. There is a place about 12 mlles from me that started out as a game farm to sell venison...he next started selling big bucks for breeding when all the out of state outfitters wanted breeding bucks for their high fenced operations..next he started allowing shooting bucks he raised for a fee...he has about 120 acres, and is WAY HIGH FENCED! During the course of these shoots, he releases "x" amount of bucks to wander the property where stands are set up on regular corridors...folks sit and wait for the buck they want to come through, then they shoot it....the amount it costs them is dependant on the size and scoring of the antlers. I do not begrudge this fella for his business. He is a hunter himself, and hunts public land. But even he admits, that what he provides is NOT HUNTING, but shooting. Some people buy expensive cars, some people buy expensive deer shoots. But please....do not insult us and call it hunting.