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The "shoot what you like, like what you shoot" saying is mine. I say that to  other hunters often enough. Too many times, I've heard hunters critical of others for shooting a doe or small bucks. Or making an excuse themselves, for not shooting a wall hanger. Why?

That just isn't right! Every deer is a trophy, and something to be proud of. We all hunt for different reasons. Be proud of every deer you kill. If the deer isn't what you want, let it walk and wait for one that is. Or shoot the first legal deer you get a chance at, and put delicious venison in the freezer. There is no right or wrong deer to shoot. You decide for yourself. It's all good.

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1 minute ago, grampy said:

The "shoot what you like, like what you shoot" saying is mine. I say that to  other hunters often enough. Too many times, I've heard hunters critical of others for shooting a doe or small bucks. Or making an excuse themselves, for not shooting a wall hanger. Why?

That just isn't right! Every deer is a trophy, and something to be proud of. We all hunt for different reasons. Be proud of every deer you kill. If the deer isn't what you want, let it walk and wait for one that is. Or shoot the first legal deer you get a chance at, and put delicious venison in the freezer. There is no right or wrong deer to shoot. You decide for yourself. It's all good.

I'm out of likes, but can't like this enough.

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1st couple of weeks --- "Its finally here!"

mid season ---- "damn cant get one to step out while im in the stand!" 

last of season - " I hate deer, shooting one out of revenge!" 

Day after season ends - " I miss it already.." 

 

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Along same line of thinking and from the same source

"In fact, the only man who truly thinks is the one who, when faced with a problem, instead of looking straight ahead, toward what habit, tradition, the commonplace and mental inertia would make one assume, keeps himself alert, ready to accept the fact that the solution might spring from the least forseeable spot on the great rotundity of the horizon."

(Ortega y Gasset)

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Mentor a younger / less experienced hunter to harvest game!

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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Keep hunting fun. I don't care if you sit an hour and go home, sit all day, drive the woods with your buddies, or still hunt. Whatever you enjoy, do it. It's your fun and don't let others' opinions ruin it.

I don't put nearly the time in that i used to. Instead of killing a nice buck every two or three years, I get one every 4-5 years now. Doesn't change my life or change the fact that others want my opinion and/or help when they have a nice one they are hunting. I just relax and enjoy myself.

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8 hours ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

My philosophy is to go mono e mono with a buck worth shooting in the big woods. Doing it my way on their turf is what I live for!


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the story of your tracking hunt last year was the best story of the year.   Keep it up and good luck. 

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Have fun, be safe, and enjoy family, friends and the woods. The full frying pan is a bonus. 

 

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16 hours ago, Downstate Dud said:

Along same line of thinking and from the same source

"In fact, the only man who truly thinks is the one who, when faced with a problem, instead of looking straight ahead, toward what habit, tradition, the commonplace and mental inertia would make one assume, keeps himself alert, ready to accept the fact that the solution might spring from the least forseeable spot on the great rotundity of the horizon."

(Ortega y Gasset)

 

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My philosophy is to go mono e mono with a buck worth shooting in the big woods. Doing it my way on their turf is what I live for!


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I'm hoping to be in a stand and you push that buck past me and I kill him. Then by the unwritten laws of outdoors sportsmanship you begrudgingly help me drag him out lol


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I find a duck's opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread

-Mitch Hedberg

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Getting a deer just isn't that important

Enjoying the time out is

If I see the deer I want,  it's one shot, one kill with minimal walking. 

Only take the shot that accomplishes this.

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I honestly couldn't tell you my philosophy because it's a mish-mash of many. I couldn't paint it a color...because it's camo, if you will.

I'm not that simple - at least that is what my wife says.

 

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Can’t shoot them from the couch.

If you get bored walk. If you get tired sit.

Carry extra shells because you never know what might happen.

PB&J tastes awful good in the woods.  

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Work hard hunt even harder...

I know a lot of you guys enjoy hunting with family for me it’s about time alone away from the family.

I’m sure that will change as my son gets older


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I've never seen a headstone that said "I wish I'd spent less time hunting and more time mowing the lawn."

 

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Happiness is cupped wings.

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