It is not wrong if you agree to the goals the club is trying to achieve and when you joined the club you agreed to abide by the rules.
As far aging deer I agree with you that you can not make a determination of age with the deer standing in front of you. There are several ways to manage the harvest to protect the younger bucks though, some better than others. They all have their +/-. My least favorite is antler point restriction; 4 point or better on one side, eight point total ect. My favorite way is a minimum gross green score.
For example if the Gross score minimum is 100" that will ensure that all of the 1-1/2 year olds are protected and in my area of east Tennessee it will also protect most of the 2-1/2 year old bucks. You can learn to field judge a buck fairly accurately after you have been at it awhile. Where I hunt I look for a few things before I decide to shoot. 15" spread(generally outside the ears) on a standard 8pt frame the G2 as long or longer than the G3, decent mass, above average brow tines.
The reason there is such a difference in everyone's guesses on age is that antler size and body weights vary rather dramatically from one area of the country to another. In Tennessee if the goal was to protect every buck under 2-1/2 you might use 100" in east TN, and have to use 120" in west TN. If it were in ETD's backyard it might be 140"!!
Please don't misunderstand what I am saying. I personally don't care what a hunter harvests as long as it is legal. Anyone who matches wits with a Whitetail and wins should take satisfaction in the accomplishment. I also am not a "trophy hunter" per say even though I have, as most of you do, a personal standard I try to adhere to.
QDM is not for everyone and it can not be practiced on a state level. But if you have an oppertunity to particpate in a QDM program I believe it will enrich your hunting experience. It's not about killing big bucks, it's all about creating and maintaning a healthy deer herd.
Last edited by Buckshot; 10-27-2008 at 04:02 PM.