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Do you think whitetail deer hunting would be as popular as it is if there wasn't a scoring system for racks? Face it, men love to compete and this is an opportunity to hunt and compete.

How popular would it be without the competition to get a big rack?

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i think that's the beauty of it.....I always have the chance to compete against myself to see if I can try to do better. Whether that be seeing more deer, or as you said, getting that bigger rack. Plus, I don't mind spending time in the woods either. ;)

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I don't have a problem with scoring systems...............man is always looking for ways to compete. What I do not like is when they have competitions with MONEY attached. There are international problems with poaching and smuggling whitetail racks because of the money involved. I know there is no easy solution to it, but I think that we as sportsmen should be furthering the sport, not helping to kill it off. Ethics should be our goal and that is what plays best with the non-hunters.

As an example, where I live Big Buck Contests are rampant after rifle season. The winners get a cash prize or a rifle, etc. It encourages poaching as if they get a big enough head they can take it to all the big buck contests and make a pile of money/cash and prizes. The same people or families tend to win most of the time and everyone knows the deer are killed at night......so do the game wardens, but manpower isn't there to catch any of them.

I believe that big buck nights should be run in a different way......the idea is to encourage people to get into hunting and to socialize and enjoy the sport. People should be able to enter any deer, so even if you got a small buck you could bring the antlers and get your name entered for the grand prize. The heads can be scored, but the BIGGEST buck only gets a plaque or trophy, not the big cash award. That way everyone has an equal chance at the prize regardless of the size of the rack. There is less incentive for the low lifes to poach then if there is no money involved.

I know there will always be poachers, but I do believe that we should be setting an example by not making it worth while for them to do it.

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All depends on the hunter I suppose. Theres people who go out every year and only shoot trophys, then there is the majority of people who go out to enjoy the outdoors and get some meat.

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Yeah, I go out to the wood for the fun and enjoyment of it. I try for the trophy, but if I don't see anything I will gladly shoot a doe to get the meat.

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I don't hunt deer for meat any more. I strictly trophy hunt deer ...........for me it is a self imposed restriction, not for the record books..........just getting a deer is a one morning deal in my back yard and it would all be over with way too quickly. If I do get a big buck it is used for sausage and jerky, if I don't see what I want there is always next year. I hunt elk or moose to fill the freezer.

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You would have to define popular. 40 years ago, a greater percentage of the population hunted than today, and no one thought about trophy hunting. If anything, the trophy hunting concept scares a lot of would be hunters away. If they do not feel they can be successful according to others, many do not even try.

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i dont care about score really unless i get a buck thats gonna b&c or P&Y score. i get my thrill off of the actual hunting the animal. Trying to outsmart the most elusive big game animal the whitetail buck! even if there wasnt a scoring system i would still be in the woods hunting this animal. i get all my thrill off the actual hunting the animal! Evil!

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halvtaz wrote:
Yeah, I go out to the wood for the fun and enjoyment of it. I try for the trophy, but if I don't see anything I will gladly shoot a doe to get the meat.

I think I am like you. I want the big buck, but I shot two anterless ones this season and feel very satisfied.

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I think hunting in general would still be popular even without the competition. I believe the competitive aspect of the sport is in the minority. True we all like it when we score a nice trophy, but for most of us that is not the goal. Its more like winning the lottery if it does happen! lol

Hunting is part of our life. Its always been about being outdoors, enjoying nature and being able to provide your family a healthy alternative to what the supermarket offers. So basically if the freezer is full, the hunting is over.

Makwa, if you are opposed to the big buck contests, then you must voice your opinions to the folks in charge. If enough people speak up, change might occur. Remember - the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

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Personally, I hate to see the word "whitetail" and "competition" in the same sentence.

I hunt for the sheer enjoyment of being in the woods, the excitement of what the hunt may or may not bring, and the satisfaction of having scouted a good place and the opportunity to take an animal.

I enjoy taking a big buck as much as the next guy, but I know going in the odds are against it. I have been fortunate to take some nice deer, but I don't get my identity from it.

-Dave

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