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#3106981 - 01/03/13 12:24 AM Re: Getting too picky.... [Re: String Music]
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great post string music !
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#3107225 - 01/03/13 08:03 AM Re: Getting too picky.... [Re: String Music]
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 Originally Posted By: String Music
I'm fortunate to hunt and manage private property that allows me to personally reap the benefits of letting young bucks pass.

I certainly would not have the same mindset if I hunted public land or land I could not manage. Monitoring and patterning bucks from their youth until they are mature is part of what makes chasing mature bucks so enjoyable for me. I enjoy the entire process- not just the actual kill. In other words, the actual kill is not the only rewarding aspect of it.

Knowing those bucks are out there and that I played a part in their ability to reach maturity is rewarding in itself.


Extremely well said, and great points String Music.

In 2013, the hunters on my property (all family) will complete the 20th year of our private-land QDM program. We've definitely seen just what can be accomplished using those harvest strategies. And other than watching the results of a few long-term habitat experiments, we've seen that the results of QDM harvest guidelines eventually "max out" and stabilize.

Perhaps it's just our collective personalities (very "new goal" oriented), but once we've acheived one goal (How far can you push a QDM program on this sized land in this habitat?), we find we need a new goal; to move on to "something else." And our new goal appears to be "What produces the most enjoyable hunting experience?"
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#3107249 - 01/03/13 08:18 AM Re: Getting too picky.... [Re: String Music]
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 Originally Posted By: String Music
For me, my decision to target only mature bucks evolved over time. I'm fortunate to hunt and manage private property that allows me to personally reap the benefits of letting young bucks pass. My mindset changed only after I had killed several younger bucks. When I would kill a younger buck, I began wondering what he would have looked like the following year had I not killed him.

I certainly would not have the same mindset if I hunted public land or land I could not manage. Monitoring and patterning bucks from their youth until they are mature is part of what makes chasing mature bucks so enjoyable for me. I enjoy the entire process- not just the actual kill. In other words, the actual kill is not the only rewarding aspect of it.

Sharing trail camera pictures with my friends and family is almost as enjoyable as sharing the actual kill with them. Knowing those bucks are out there and that I played a part in their ability to reach maturity is rewarding in itself. Watching a group of does funnel through an area I created results in a succesful hunt for me. The anticipation that the buck I'm after could step in front of me at any time is satisfying enough to keep me coming back for more.

Without the ability to enjoy these aspects of hunting, being too picky could drive a guy insane. Don't force yourself to accept standards that are outside of your ability to control or enjoy. Choose the standards that make hunting enjoyable and let time and experience take care of the rest.


Couldn't have said it better. That's me to a "T" right there. I have a feeling I don't have as much property as String Music but between our small farm and my neighbor (who has about 3x as much property) we've really taken an area where deer were practically non-existent and made something out of it. It truly is amazing, and for us, the TOTAL experience is what we crave!
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#3107415 - 01/03/13 10:24 AM Re: Getting too picky.... [Re: passthrough76]
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