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Thoughts on this old quote

Every once in awhile I'll put a quote I come across into my hunting journals. This one is pretty old and is from Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine back in the 80's. I didn't make note of the author, but I guess I thought enough of the quote at the time to write it down. Thought it might make for some interesting conversation...


"Unfortunately too much emphasis is put on the trophy set of antlers, and this can lead to hunters losing sight of sportsmanship. I have known of champion trophy heads which were shot by unethical means such as spotlighting or hounding with dogs. The head adorns the wall of a home simply to satisfy human ego. Antlers should not be a simple status symbol. They should serve as a reminder of days spent hunting, whether it be that particular buck or the whole host of hunting memories."




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In my opinion, too many hunters celebrate the hunter or themselves with regards to large antlers rather then celebrating the beauty of the animal that held them.

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i tell folks it's a game. whats the sense in winning if you don't follow the rules?

but i know that it falls on deaf ears many times.

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Awesome quote and very true. Being a younger hunter I can say from experience that it is really hard to avoid getting caught in the bone frenzy that blasts us at every turn of the page or channel.

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That's why the emphasis should be put on the age of the deer and not just the antler size. If you are a seasoned hunter then you should know that the older the deer, the harder it is to beat it at the game. For me, the older the deer, the happier I am with the harvest. 1 1/2 yr. olds are much easier to fool into a shot.

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In my opinion, too many hunters celebrate the hunter or themselves with regards to large antlers rather then celebrating the beauty of the animal that held them.
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That's why the emphasis should be put on the age of the deer and not just the antler size. If you are a seasoned hunter then you should know that the older the deer, the harder it is to beat it at the game. For me, the older the deer, the happier I am with the harvest. 1 1/2 yr. olds are much easier to fool into a shot.
Exactly. That's why my goal every year is to kill bucks 2 1/2 or older. And if it happens to have a really nice rack, that's an added bonus.

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"Unfortunately too much emphasis is put on the trophy set of antlers, and this can lead to hunters losing sight of sportsmanship. I have known of champion trophy heads which were shot by unethical means such as spotlighting or hounding with dogs. The head adorns the wall of a home simply to satisfy human ego. Antlers should not be a simple status symbol. They should serve as a reminder of days spent hunting, whether it be that particular buck or the whole host of hunting memories."
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Humans have a way of enjoying something and then destroying it with overkill. They'll plan the havesting of the great buck, and then pack on forty overweight pounds in the preparation.
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In my opinion, too many hunters celebrate the hunter or themselves with regards to large antlers rather then celebrating the beauty of the animal that held them.
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