pgchambers wrote:My brother and I bowhunt 240 acres on the edge of Buffalo County, WI. Most of the neighbors, as well as ourselves, practice some sort of management strategy. We all plant food plots, pass on young bucks, and try to keep the doe population in check. There are no outfitters within ten miles of us, and there are no high fences. The last four years, we have seen or taken at least one 150"-160" buck, and several B&C bucks have gone down to neighbors.
I rifle hunt about 260 acres around 6 miles away from my bowhunting land. On that property the guys have no food plots, shoot anything and everything, and basically have no management philosophy what-so-ever. We have taken one 150" buck in the last ten years. Again, the difference is 6 miles. The fact is, I enjoy hunting at both places.
My point is, staged or real, is a matter of perception. Is my bowhunting property staged? You could argue that it is, but the work put in to create that environment is part of the fun for us. When I invite a friend to hunt with me that didn't help, is he really hunting, since I place him in a stand where he has the best opportunity even though he would have no clue without me? I am not sure he cares. Many of the TV shows are probably staged, but I am certain they are to differing degrees. I guess it is up to the individual to decide what goes too far and what constitutes staging.
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