You've killed some great ones buddy! For me I'm still hunting 140" or bigger for my preference. I'm also in a 1 buck state (Ky) and it doesn't bother me to eat a tag instead of shooting one just to feel like I had to because I bought my license. In the early years growing up it was obvious different but the past 15 years I've really worked on letting bucks grow and luckily my dad and brother I hunt with along with our adjoining neighbors are all on the same page.Been reading the post and thought I'd talk about a little more on the topic. I've been hunting for about 48 years in Iowa and within a thirty mile range of where I live. Been blessed with some great hunting land and seen my share of great bucks. In the early years we just filled tags and only had two gun seasons in which you could only hunt one of them. I don't bow hunt and just never got into it. At first if it had horns it was shot , then went through a few years when anyhting over 120" I killed. The later years I was just looking for big deer so call me a trophy hunter. I don't have any deer mounts and propably won't unless I get one around 200", but have shot some great bucks I'm proud of. I have several over 150" and a really nice 170" ten point and blessed to have been able to see a lot of great bucks several at the 200" plus, just couldn't close the deal. This is why I choose to not kill just any buck and don't need to kill a buck or even a doe every year to feel like I'm a deer hunter. I just live for deer hunting, not deer killing and have a great time doing it.
I will tell you a true story . There was a youngster who did not care very much for baseball , football , soccer etc. when he was young. His brother was into playing ball of any kind and was on several teams and was as good a ball player as any. Every time the parents went to a ballgame the younger son would head toward the creeks or pond or whatever woods were nearby. When it was time to go the youngster would come to the truck with frogs , snakes , fox pups etc. He grew up in the woods instead of the ball fields. Fast forward to today . That young man grew up to be a true outdoorsman. He is in Colorado Mule deer hunting as I write this. The walls of his house cannot hold another animal mount as there is no room. He harvests big game animals every year even when the majority does not. He lives and breathes hunting and the outdoors. He is successful beyond belief . I have heard people state on several occasions " he is the luckiest guy I know " but I am hear to tell you he is not lucky , luck does not have much to do with it. What he is , is good. He has studied and learned the ways of wildlife. He has spent more time getting ready for the season than most everybody. I have seen him cater to other hunters and put them on game instead of going for himself. He works with young hunters spending time and his own money to insure they get to have a quality time outdoors. TWRA has called him and requested him to take a group of youngsters squirrel hunting with his championship dogs. He travels to the gulf and fishes with friends and catches fish like you would not believe ........ How often do you harvest a decent buck ? Two or Three every year. I know this all to be a fact, why ? Because I raised this guy .