Re: Passing them up on public land
I'm an "old school" archer I will never shoot a doe(that's bait for the bucks) with my bow except in the late season. I'm also very selective on my bucks, not looking for the biggest but it has to be wall worthy during regular archery. When I was younger (years before AR) I spent 1 season chasing a tall wide thick 4 pointer, didn't get him. Now that I'm older I know that deer had serious potential and I would not target him. Rifle season my standards drop a bit, I seem to have a thing for half rack fighters LOL. Due to the intense pressure we no longer rifle hunt "doe" on public lands here in the SE. About the only time I will take one is if a wounded one comes by.
“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?” Douglas Adams