Do you prefer hunting or killing?
Sounds like a stupid question. We all want to fill a tag. But here is what I am getting at.
So far this season, I took a hunt-cation to Hawaii and a 3 day weekend to AL. In HI I juggled family activities with hunting public land on the slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano. Had a handful of close calls but finally sealed the deal on day 4. Also just came back from my annual 3 day weekend in northern mountains of Alabama. Twice had one inside gun range. The first one hung up just on the other side of a little finger ridge, even though I had called his 4 hens into my lap. The second one came in silent and busted me. Did not fill a tag. These examples are what I refer to as hunting.
On the other hand, I also live in a semi rural community. Know of 8-10 roosting sites that have been regularly used for the past 25 years. Been sitting against the same trees all that time. Sneak in before dark, sit down, wait until flydown, make a call or two and have a good chance of one showing his face within 15 minutes. That's what I refer to as killing.
I heard this expression many years ago.... All dead turkeys look the same. It's the hunt that sets one apart from the other.
Any more, I get more enjoyment out of playing the game than killing. Maybe it's because I'm getting old and don't have many more close encounters in the bank or the will soon not be able to hump it up and down the mountains.
Don't get me wrong, to each his own. But I'd rather fool with one and not kill him, than to shoot one off the roost and go home.