I got a question for you. What do you think of the guy that hasn't put a tag on a deer in a couple of years becasue non are big enough.? Public land hunt now.
I think if youve havent seen the deer that trips your trigger on the public land and you havent taken a shot your not done hunting yet. Thats all no more no less. Taking an animal is a very personal choice and theres no sense in a guy shooting a deer he wont be happy with. If its a case of not having any opportunity because hunting is tough, go somewhere else and hunt until you find what your hunting for. Thats what hunting is all about.
To go to a pen where an encounter with an abnormally huge deer is almost assurred, is saying "I am tired of hunting, just put me in the pen with that one so I can get this over with." Point being caging and controlling animals so someone can pretend to hunt them is absurd to me. These giant bucks are supposed to be rare and hardly ever killed. You shouldnt be able to shop for a buck on ebay and order up a date to kill buck number 1234.
I'll go one step further. Its highly likely that outside of a penned controlled envoroment, mother nature would have ever even created that deer. As the student posted above, these deer have been manipulated to grow huge. It's not a true representative of a wild whitetail in my opinion from his cage to his antler growth.
Hey hat all that your saying makes sense to me. I guess thats why I didn't get into gun hunting. I always felt like anyone can learn to shoot at 400 yards. I want the challenge of getting them into 30 yards or less. That gives them a chance and me to. By the way no offence ment to gun hunters just my thoughts.
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.
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