interesting take on this, Dan. Does the allure of shooting a larger buck outweigh the feeling of success on taking a smaller buck? For me, the decision on what buck I want to take is made almost entirely in the moment, unless of course I am targeting a specific deer.
There were times where I would have taken ANY legal buck, and I did, and after enough basket rack 7 or 8pts, that just doesn't do it for me any longer. I still see deer, I also still see pressure, its just not the same type of pressure it used to be. With a lot of private land being closed off that use to remain open to hunters, people just don't move deer anymore, and I am one of them.
I hunt archery every day that I can, so I get use to seeing the "natural" movement patterns of deer. Maybe see 4 or 5 deer a night. That is how I choose to hunt them. It is not natural to see 40-50 does in one spot. So, in reality, what you are seeing is natural deer behavior, that is just not being disturbed by being over-pressured.
"The majority of does have been slaughtered" may be true where you hunt, or you may think that it is true, but is not where everyone else hunts. It is important to know that just because what you are seeing may be true to you, it is not true to everyone because all habitat and all deer herds are not the same. My brother and I hunted the same property together during the last day of the 2017 Archery season. We were within 300 yards of each other, and he saw deer after deer after deer, and I saw none. You cannot assume that because you didn't see deer that there are none there... the only think you know for certain is that you didn't see any.
lol, death threats... c'mon
Spilled blood on our hands fuels reverence for our quarry.