POACHER. That is the name we have for your kind where I come from. BJ that is not ethical and in no way should you feel that you were in the right on that one. Fella's like you are why some people look down on outdoorsmen and hunters.
Ok BeefJerky, now when u go to a Hunters Ed Class the first thing you learn is you dont shoot at anything at all if u cant see it and identify it. Trust my i have been through more than one class kuz i think they are fun. As for leaving meat to rot and sayin that the antler size laws are B.S that to me is B.S . The laws are there to help the animals. You made a really bad call.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...