Deer & Deer Hunting

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My initial reaction to “The Elitists” (Patrick Meitin, October 2019 issue) was, “It’s about time!”

Trophy hunters and quality deer management (QDM) proponents have ratcheted up their bullying on both social and print media in recent years, and it has had a damaging, divisive effect on the deer hunting community.

My next thought was, “What effect is the insistence on unrealistic expectations having on the recruitment of new hunters? Are mentors shooting themselves in the foot by not keeping their personal trophy standards in their back pockets?”

Reflecting on my own first two deer, taken in my early 20s, one was a bow-killed doe and the other a spike buck.

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