I hunted pretty hard from '98-'00, eased off and took somewhat of a break until '06 and have again put in serious effort since. So over my six serious hunting seasons (including the current one up to now) I've taken 10 bucks, 1 button, and 4 does. These are all VA deer except for 2 NC bucks in 2000. I love recounting the stories of each and every one!
I still claim that I'd rather hunt my long deer season, somewhat generous bag limit, and smaller deer here in the south than hunt the monster deer during the short seasons further west. I just love hunting deer and for me time in the woods hunting is greater than the bigger bucks. Don't get me wrong, I love to hunt down our bigger mature VA deer, but I even more love our long seasons!