Cowgal I have voiced my opinion, believe me. Unfortunately the majority of the people who actually run the big buck contests want it to stay the way it is. Such is life. There is more to it.............none of it good.
As a full time taxidermist im exposed to hunters of all walks of life. I personally dont care for contest as they can and do sometimes reward big cash prizes for deer. Early in my hunting years i was happy just to shoot any buck with legal antlers but now im looking for bigger bucks. If i want just "meat" im just as glad to take a doe instead of a young buck. As for scoring racks... i personnaly dont score officialy. Not opposed to it though, its just not important to me. Trophy's come in all sizes however and im sometimes more satisfied doing a mount for a customer with a modest sized buck with special meaning or a first deer. If a deer ever becomes just a "score" to me....it will be my last one!
Mig-hunter.........I agree. Trophy means something different to everyone. Unfortunately, as I am sure you have seen time and time again, the whole hunting 'industry' talks in inches these days. I hate it, but as a guide, I have no choice in the matter.
Extolling the evils of 'inch counting' is about as productive as extolling the virtues of 'fair chase'........it is lost on deaf ears these days. Everyone simply finds excuses to justify their position in one way or another.
Myself, I do not worry about inches. I know what I like in a big buck and if his antlers conform to my personal definition of a trophy that is all that matters. Sure if it makes B&C great, if not, oh well. I have trophies in my house that make a number of record books but I have never entered them. Maybe one day I will get around to, or maybe not. It just isn't that important and as I get older I find it is even less important.
I enjoy HUNTING! I love seeing a huge buck walk out, but I love seeing does come out also. I think every hunter would love to get a trophy buck. Unfortunitely, hunting has become so commercialized that allot of people only think about the trophy buck and end up missing the total experience.
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?
yup, whitetail hunting has been around forever, way before scoring became an issue. the difference now is the quality of deer being taken. with that also came quality deer management, making for a more healthy herd overall.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.