Should you let young animals walk on public land?
We all have been on both ends of the spectrum… it’s a 100% personal decision.
Meaning, there is not a right or wrong answer.
I look at passing young animals like catch and release, with regards to fishing. I realize not everyone has my drive, determination or willingness to sacrifice a kill, just to perhaps see the animal grow into his potential. I have nothing against hunters shooting young animals, but I honestly root for the young to survive; unless it’s a kid or disabled person hunting.
In 2010, this buck started showing his potential. He was but a couple hundred yards from where I found him in 2008. I saw him twice that year and he really had matured into a respectable mule deer for this area. I let him walk again because I was hunting for a couple bigger bucks and I knew he could be something special.
He will be 8 1/2 this year, if he evaded disease, hunters, poachers and 4 legged predators. I can not help but hope he made it through the gauntlet of challenges public land animals face.
I have not seen him in 3 years…