Correct me if I'm wrong, but you were complaining about people who choose to do QDM. Do you think that's easy for those that do? I don't care how many years you've hunted deer, I don't care if you don't use trail cameras or not. The bottom line is you're complaining about how other people hunt, and that way is the wrong way. I bet you your life savings, that deer you shot in Northern Illinois someone gave a pass at some point and time.
So, if you want to start poking and make this an issue of who's a better hunter and who's not... You're old, you have more time to spend in the woods and probably hunt more than the average hunter. You talk about shooting a forkhorn, I find it hard to believe that you shot that buck after not being close enough to another deer that doesn't have a clue, aka a spike or a fork horn if you're as high on that podium as you make yourself out to be. It was shot in winter for gosh sakes. You had all year to shoot a buck, and you waited until snow was on the ground and were hunting over the only available food source around? Give me a break.
Most deer hunting shows are staged, but it really takes talent, patience and persistance to take a true trophy...and one around...
Where do most big bucks (or all deer for that matter) go that time of year when they are beat down? To food, so don't claim that you're some hero. Anyone can walk up to a deer that time of year if they watch the wind and have the food around. Look at most deer hunting shows.
I hunt on 21 acres, deer are very aware of their surroundings, and people around me shoot whatever they see. I pass up on deer hoping that a quarter of them make it through the year, which is a high estimate. The bucks I see have been shot an numerous times...I've seen deer with arrows stuck in their antlers. I've never once hunted over a farm field (corn/soybeans) or any food source for deer...complain all you want about how your hunting is superior to everyone else, but the bottom line is we're both out there doing what we enjoy.
I grew up hunting in Marinette County where our hunting party was its brown its down. That got boring shooting every deer I saw and tagging them. So we agree to disagree on a few things here, so be it, I'm not telling you your way of hunting is wrong...I'm defending myself and those who hunt like me. If you're so old and stubborn like the people I hunted with, that's your choice. My choice is my choice...welcome to America. Stop trying to make a point that your way of hunting is so much more heroic than another hunter. If your challenge is shooting the first thing you see, congrats, mine is not that way.
Offer No Apologies....."
That's what I do, and I'm sure that's how all QDM people are...so accept other hunters as they are, before your "superior" kind drowns out most hunters.
BTW, your avatar matches your smile in that picture...lol
It's good for the soul when there's not a soul in sight.