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.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.