Glad I'm not the only one. Now antlers are not the biggest deal to me. Some mature animals,,like the 5 yr old I got last yr. don't always sport huge racks. It is the fact that a buck has made it thru 4 or 5 seasons alive, that is the challenge to me. The antlers are just the memory you have as a keepsake. I wish others in my area would let the young bucks pass,,then I catch myself doing the same thing. I vow once again, that NEXT season I will not shoot a 2 or 3 yr old. Well if the 3 yr old was exceptionally large??.....Now, I am slipping back, shame on me. I mostly hunt for the meat also. I love it. I saw so few doe this season though I would not shoot one on my property. Next season I am going to try to get my venison by doe. In an area that has more of them, and relegate my land to mature buck hunting.Anyone have a Bible to pledge on?
I'm actually glad you asked this question because I have been looking for a way to share an experience I had this season. I got wrapped up in the moment on the opening morning of MO rifle season and shot the smallest buck I have taken in about a decade. I will admit that I was shocked when I walked up on him and saw the size of his antlers. But the funny part is that this was one of the best days I have ever experienced on that property. I had taken this deer on the land that I have owned and managed for eight years. As I drug him out of the woods i saw other deer running into the woodlot. I returned to the cabin, hung him up and stoaked a fire. My wife came down and we hung out all day, just enjoying each other's company. At the end of the day she headed home and left me alone to savor the evening. Rather than return to the stand, I just poured a cup of coffee, added a stout shot of wiskey and watched the sun set. I admit that I love big bucks, but I would not trade that feeling for all the antlers in the woods.
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