ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
[size="3"]You know Joe, I've been reading this thead, and looking at the great photos, and while I really do enjoy seeing the nice bucks you've killed, as as much as I appreciate your compliments about my deer, I sometimes think maybe we put too much on how many big bucks someone has to their credit before we give their comments and opinions any credence. And by "WE" I don't mean just you and I.[/size]
I totally agree. I do think the ability to kill mature bucks on a consistent basis is an indication of hunting skill, but it is far from the only
indication. please note that I gave you credit for what you have shared here more so than I did what you have killed. You points about being a lifelong student are just more wisdom!
I too had a hunting mentor like yours. Mine was (and still is) my late, maternal grandfather. He first hunted rabbits to help feed his family during the Depression, he was a WWII paratrooper, survived 12 days while surrounded and MIA in the Arden Forest, came home and lived out his days as a consummate Adirondack woodsman. To the best of my knowledge, he never killed what we would consider today to be a "nice" buck. If he had, I would never have known about it because Gramp never had time for boasting.
I share my photos of large bucks and does alike. I try to complement other hunters on their success photos with equal enthusiasm, no matter what the B&C score. But yes, I still consider a wall full of big deer to indicate that the hunter in question has a pretty good idea of what he is talking about.
Back to the issue at hand. A deer taken on the ground with a ML is a real thrill. A hunter who pulls it off on a regular basis has to be doing something right. My congratulations to anyone willing to accept the challenge.