You are so right....sad but true...Like Bowriter, I've had some of the greatest hunts just listening to the stories around the campfire while elk hunting or deer hunting...To me anymore it's the hunt not the harvest...the time we share and the memories for a life time...that's my harvest...
i have found that MOST hunters WANT to tell the story and those that don't either aren't proud of it or they can't see the forest for the trees (so to speak). I LOVE a good story, period. To me, the journey is the actual fun part and sharing that is sometimes just as much fun......
It takes me just a few minutes to tell if someone I am telling a story to really cares about what happened or not. Some just ask what it scored, where and when and could not care any less about the events leading up to the actual shot. Maybe it's because I like details and telling people what I thought and how I planned the hunt and every little detail.......people that actually LOVE deer hunting and put forth the same effort as I do really want to hear the details, others usually don't really care.
I feel somewhat sorry for the people that just skip the details because ,IMO, they are missing out on so much of what deer hunting is all about. I also feel sorry for people that may have killed a really great deer and don't have a great story to tell.....for whatever reason.
To me , my stories and my memories that may be passed down to younger hunters and maybe family members will last far longer than a mount or a picture or any accollades that I or others place upon the kill itself.....and they are worth so much more.