Thank you for writing this article. I will be moving to an area were I can easily hunt in New Mexico. Your article has opened up many possibilities to me. I was getting discouraged when looking at the process for applying for bull elk tags.
I like hunting more that I do the trophy, and have always found a freezer with meat in it, more fulfilling than a wall with a trophy on it. Don't get me wrong, if old "mossy horns" steps in front of me he will be down, and the trophy will be on my wall. The idea of hunting on a doe only permit as a means of scouting an area before investing in the trophy tag is really a great idea.
My father owns a couple of hundered acres in prime whitetail deer habitat and we have always havested does along with the bucks. The last several years have proven the payoff to this. Last year alone, 3 out of 7 hunters bagged trophy bucks. All scoring better than 135, and they were massive animals. We will let a small buck pass faster that we will let a mature doe pass.
I apologize if this is long, but you made so many great points.
Thanks again, and "Good Hunting."
[ This Message was edited by: gwalters on 2003-05-08 08:30 ]
Flint Stephens has a great approach to hunting with a unique out look on what he considers a successful hunt. This is an individual that sees wild game meat as prize worthy of his time, money, and health.
Comparing this to my own life and the attitude surrounding my friends, this article has an exact opposite view of what we consider successful. I mean, lets face it, "the ladies are great", but the Big Bucks and Bulls are even better!!
The time and money invested in search of the perfect area, which is going to yield the Pointing Busting, Antler Tackling, Monster of all Monster Animals, is worth every dime and minute spent once that Mossy Oak Broad Shoulder buck steps into your path. It's truly a Buck or Bull of the life time.
My own impression, don't sell out for the ladies (unless your freezer is reaching max lows for wild game), but instead, strive for the Perfect Hunt that only happens once in a life time.
Some things are worth waiting for....
Never take life to seriously... You'll never get out alive!!
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[ This Message was edited by: Quicksilver on 2003-05-08 13:27 ]
There is nothing like having that chance to harvest a once in a lifetime type trophy. Female tags are a great opportunity for young hunters to gain experience or for experienced hunters to fill the freezer, but I don't think I could ever forgive myself if I was holding a cow or doe tag, when the monster of my dreams finally showed his face.
Patience is a virtue. I say wait for that dream hunt and hold nothing back when you get it.
his outlook is not unique,it is very common where I come from and i believe it is a very common sense aproach.i buy several surplus doe tags every year so i can fill the freezer early in the season and then spend some serious time looking for a wallhanger,If for some reason we could no longer hunt the bucks and bulls i wouldnt stop hunting but it would take away one aspect of the hunting exsperience,the competative,difficult aspect that makes it even better!
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...