It has been a rare occurance that I have had a chance at a mature antlered Buck, I am not someone that gets tons of days in the field each year. I do remember some smart words that basically said if you want to shoot a big Buck don't shoot a little one. You have an interesting case were you have a large area with great food/water. Personally I would not have shot if I was seeing nicer racks on small bucks. I would have reasoned that there has to be some older big rack bucks around if that was what I was looking for. I always figure that I am not in it for just bringing home the meat, a day in the woods hunting is wonderful whether I pull the trigger or not. My family would have starved long ago if we had to live on my skills as a hunter/fisherman.
Karl, as always I appreciate your input. My question/quandry is admittedly an odd one. And, perhaps too personal for others to understand. If I might say, I would most certainly enjoy a day (or 10) afield with you because I've come to understand that you are truly a sportsman. I will simply hope that some day, our paths might cross and we might enjoy a hunt or even drink(?) together.