I just don't like the way some people use the title of QDM to look down on other hunters.
We recently had another thread going where a pominant hunter was critical of another hunter, in the name of QDM, for shooting 120 class bucks. This hunter bragged that he had visited the state in question and had never settled for anything smaller than 140". He siad very little about actual age, just antler scores. He did not tell us how many does he had killed or how many acres of woodlands he worked to improve. But since he would never take a 120" deer he was thought to be more committed to QDM.
I just don't see it that way.
I remember this thread and decided to stay out of it for the simple reason I stated before I am sick of arguing about QDM. I am just happy to get back to the basics of hunting, hunters helping hunters. I always hate to see others put themselves up on a pedistile because they have killed more big bucks. Like I said earlier I am embarassed in how I sounded in earlier post because I fear I did the same thing even though that is not at all who I am as a person or a hunter. Before I typed the first post on this thread. I sat back and reflected on past deer seasons. The only constant thing I could remember is standing around drinking a beer looking at deer hanging from the meat pole of our and other hunters camps reflecting on the story of the hunt laughing and pocking fun at each other. Most of those deer were does and young bucks, with the occasionsal monster hanging from the pole. The only difference I can come up with in the story of the hunt, as far as excitment is, at the end it was either a big buck or a small buck or a doe. The excitment never changed because of antler size.
This thread gets me thinking about a lot of things when it comes to hunting. I earlier said this year I will not kill a doe this year, atleast not in the farm country I hunt. But I was recently on a hunt on the property I mentioned earlier with the food plots. I was suprised and pleased to see 17 deer that night 14 on the food plot at one time. All of the deer were does not even a single nubby buck. I know they all walked past me at 7 yards. So I guess We need to kill a couple does off that property this year. I will chalk that hunt up to another lesson learned in the deer woods.
I will end this post by saying I love hunting and everything that comes with it and it truly is not about the kill for me. I had a truly fantastic season last year I killed a nice doe and was on one of the most exciting rifle hunts of my life, with my buddy killing his biggest rifle buck. Long story short he shot the buck and hit it far back we jumped it and backed out. Came back hours later and jumped it again we decided to push the deer and eventually I ended up finishing the buck off for him on the run. So we hang the rack in the camp and when people as who killed that buck we both answer I did.
Good luck to everybody this season and god bless.