Yep, that's about like me. I used to talk about 3 settings on my radar: doe, buck and " Quint, we're going to need a bigger boat."
For me, it was all due to spending so many years with such a dearth of deer. Big racks were only what you saw on TV or in museums.
I am still not a rack snob, but after I got a buck that exceeded my wildest dreams 5 years ago, I started to change. I still think of that one as the biggest deer I will ever get, but I am starting to settle into answering a different question: Is this deer the best buck I am going to see this season?
I passed on a 10-pointer already this season: 20 yards out, nice rack-- I just could not commit to him. It was just too dang early in the season, and I did not want to sit out all of November sizing up doe.
There's a luxury there, I think. I've seen your big one ( nice btw) Guys like us, guys who have gotten The Big One, can ease back and learn to appreciate more of the whole experience. I still don't buy into that 5 stages thing (see Why do I hunt
), but there comes a time when being able to watch a nice buck walk by without flipping off the safety is cool.