It’s the day that most of us deer hunters live for. The day we shoot our first real monster buck. Not just your personal best…but a real monster. Legendary. Magazine covers. What a great day! Or is it?
With all the recent controversy regarding a few hunters and a few monster bucks, is it even worth it to target a monster buck? It seems to me that whether you shoot your monster legitimately or not, drama will soon surround you.
There are two enemies in trophy hunting. The first is the cheat who gives the legitimate trophy hunter a bad name. The second is the jealous person who is suspicious of any deer deemed to be a giant. So what’s a hunter to do?
Fortunately or unfortunately, this is not a problem I have had to deal with. Still no Booner for this guy. I’ve been thinking about it a lot though. What would I do if I shot a real monster? What should I do? Certainly there will be someone who thought it was shot at night, or high-fenced, or… Take lots of pictures and maybe even some recovery video I guess. Call a few friends to help with the drag. Lots of witnesses. It all seems ridiculous to me. The notion that you have to prove your innocence is something that would spoil the awesomeness of a successful hunt.
So is it even worth the trouble to shoot a giant? I think so. It has always been a dream of mine and I won’t change my dreams and goals because of someone else. It’s just a darn shame what antlers and antler-envy have done to such a pure sport. In my opinion, the shame does not lie solely at the feet of the cheaters, but also at the feet of the jealous.
So you just shot a giant. What would you do?