I would echo all of those thoughts ^^ well said IMO...my philosophy, so to speak, is to "blend" management for big bucks and also recreation with friends and family. I could absolutely take a different approach if I wanted to and probably have one or more Booners every year that I could shoot. But I would rather see one of my sons get a nice buck than me "hoarding" giants, etc.On trophy hunting leading to the demise thought (and admittedly there are potential downsides to it, not saying there aren’t)……
Would just say that on the farm I was blessed enough to be able to purchase a handful of years ago in IL weve tried to do a nice job of both “managing” the place for older age class deer while at the same time putting a small, nice cabin on it and enjoying the heck out of hunting w my dad, my son and 3 daughters, my wife, one of my best friends from h.s. and his two boys. Nothin like deer camp and the memories/relationships/laughs/food/stories.
So trophy hunting AND enjoying deer camp like the old days can be done and aren’t mutually exclusive imo. Would I kill a bigger deer if I chose to hunt the place by myself or maybe just one other person? Probably. And am I doing everything I can think of to kill a Booner one of these days? Definitely! But if I have to go the rest of my life wo killing a Booner bc I have friends and family that hunt with me, then so be it.
And...I am only a few years away from my grandsons hunting me. Yee ha! I can't wait.