No doubt, and I'm glad that this is a group where everyone "gets it".
Patriot, I found one thing rather interesting in your OP. You said, "...I've never harvested a really big deer (biggest might be 130 inches)..." It's kind of funny that we do not consider 130" to be big anymore. We get so saturated with "deer porn" that a really great buck does not get the credit it once would have. I mean any legal, ethical kill is a great deer and any time spent hunting is a gift, but a130"is still really special. I think you know what I mean.
I am lucky. I have stumbled into a few really nice bucks (not quite B&C, but in the ballpark). So it is a little easier for me to not apologize when I shoot something smaller. But I hate that we so often feel pressured to do so.
That is so true. I'm almost to the point where I don't even want to watch hunting DVD's anymore. We become so desensitised by all the huge antlers all over the place. I had the best season of my life this year (been hunting...gulp...20 years now). I was fortunate to harvest 2 bucks that were probably 2.5 year olds. For me that is truely awesome. Then I sit down and watch a hunting DVD or even look at the cover of D&DH (the best mag in the world by the way)....and I think "maybe I should have passed"..."they're not that big"..."a real hunter would wait for a bigger one". Those are not the kind of thoughts to have. Each harvest is truely a special thing no matter how big or small, buck or doe. It's the experience that is the treasure, not the inches of horn on the head.
Not sure exactly what I'm trying to say......but I think you all get it.