Bullwinkle, The idea that the need of meat (the primary reason to hunt since the dawn of time) might be why people were shooting what they can get, could slip your mind is why I don't hunt with bone hunters. It floors me that the purpose of hunting could be so scuewed that the bone could be more important than the meat! When I read"Never even thought of that. Filling the freezer could surly contribute. Completely understand and support that if that is the reason" I am so glad you approve of hunting for the purpose of eating! I don't hunt near you, so my hunting will not effect your herd, but I just returned from a family hunt with 5 hunters for 3 days, and I took the only deer, and yes it turned out to be a button buck, I would have taken more if I could. We eat everything I hunt! I am not trying to be argumenitive, but I am nearly inarticulate about this! To say the rack is more important than the meat would be like saying my fingernails were more inportant than me! It is an orament and a tool, but only rodents can eat 'em. And if all you want is the antlers, you could have them as sheds every year without killing the animal! With the economy the way it is, and costs of all kinds on the rise, in addition to that idiot in the White House, of course people are stockpiling what they can to take care of their own, I know I am. Can goods, dried goods, Frozen meats, Things that will keep. Because you can't tell what apple cart that post turtle in office will upset next. Hunting for meat is the primary reason hunting exists at all!
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.