This question has probably been asked here before sorry. I hunted with my son this morning. He passed on several small bucks, and countless does. We saw one big 8. I don't know if bedded down, on it's approach or what, but it disappeared like magic. Anyway he's 8, and killed a small buck last year. I wouldn't get it mounted. He is waiting for one I will let him mount. I am no hunter whatsoever. I did enjoy taking him turkey hunting last year, but deer hunting bores me beyond words. When we left the woods for lunch I saw many people with 1.5 year old bucks in their truck. I know people hunt for meat, and various other reasons. No more than I know about the sport/hobby it occurs to me if everybody waited for a nice buck, there would be more nice bucks. Why is gun season during the rut. I bought a gallon of paint at TSC yesterday, and there were people buying everything to go hunting with, most were even buying corn. It was evident to me these people aren't sportsman. Having it during the rut seems to promote the casual hunter, and deflate the serious. Just my observation.