posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 08:50 AM
reply to post by TDawgRex
A thread near and 'deer' to my heart. Thanks for posting.
I love to deer hunt and I really do not want to argue over the morality of it. My input is specific to the OP.
I have noticed this too over the last few years. I sure wish I was articulate enough to clearly explain how I see this mindset manifesting itself
around hunting. While there has always been a business selling stuff for hunting, it has never been quite like this. On the good side, there is some
excellent equipment out there. On the down side, those who market it need to hype it somehow. Uncle Joe sitting out on the old stump, in a red wool
jacket, waiting for a deer to come by does not cut it.
This is where all these monster racks come into the picture. It expands the market past those who are OK with just sitting on the stump. Think I am
joking? They now have action figures of the record bucks. Amazing. I believe it taps more into those with a juvenile sense of competition far more
than any appreciation of hunting. My buck was bigger than your buck. Check out the sticker on my truck. I just spent a $1000 on a new bow. See how
manly my man room is with monster deer heads.
I know where I live there are plenty of deer running around the woods. Normal deer. Heck, the DNR cannot give enough tags away. Yet there are those
willing to pay thousands of dollars to shoot specifically bred whopper deer in high fence farms. I guess if there are those with money to burn there
will be those willing to do what they have to, to take it away from them.
Deer breeding is big business because of this. This bigger the rack, the better. I saw a show from one of those GMO farms in Texas and the bucks were
freakish. You will NEVER see anything like that in the wild. For those who just want to blast a deer, trapped in a pen, from 10 feet away to aid in
their feelings of self-worth, I feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for the deer. If they hunt them under 'fair chase', I guess that is a step up.
I wonder where it will end? If a 'big' rack is the goal, how big is big? 200? 250? 300? 350? How much will it cost? In the days of a dwindling
hunting population, does this help the cause? All hunters are narcissistic competitors who only shoot fish in a barrel?
Oh well, flame on