October 29, 2010
Hurteau: Don’t Tell Me I Should Have Passed Him!
By Dave Hurteau
Of course none of you would be so tactless. But a friend and I were just discussing this topic Wednesday afternoon, and he was bemoaning the fact that in today’s antler-obsessed whitetail world, a hunter can be made to feel bad about shooting a small/young buck. I said, “I hear you."
But look. On the farm I’m going to hunt tomorrow morning, the first deer that walks into bow range—spike buck or doe—is going in the freezer. And anyone who doesn’t like it can….” Well, basically I said they can lump it. Point being, yes there are Big-Buck Nazis among us, but letting them get you down is, at least in part, a you problem.
On Thursday morning, at quarter to 8, this was the first deer that walked into bow range—and I’m absolutely ecstatic to have taken him. I have no problem whatsoever with QDM, in principal, where practical. I’ve let plenty of bucks walk. Last November, I passed a 140-class 8 pointer in Iowa. But east-central New York ain’t Iowa—especially the farm I hunt. I can’t tell you how much work and how many skunks have gone into this one little deer. I’m pumped about him, and anyone who doesn’t like it can…, well, you know.