I will respectfully disagree with SOME of the original post.
#1 Deer do look up. Deer spend as much time looking all around as you do when you are in the woods. No, there are not natural predators in a tree waiting on them but they most definitely look up.
#2 Lots of people enjoy deer meat. My family eats deer 10 to 1 over beef. I love beef but deer is much cheaper and as a responsible hunter I either process my deer or have them processed for my consumption. I have given away many many deer to needy families that gladly welcomed the meat also.
#3 baiting is not allowed here. No corn piles in front of your tree stand. That’s multiple tickets in IL. Some places allow different things.
#4 camo or Levi’s and longjohns, I’ve done it both ways. Deer were designed by God to live outdoors and we were not. We wear coats when we go out in the winter and deer have theirs naturally on them.
#5. Deer can be taken by any legal means in that area. I am not allowed to use a centerfire rifle capable of long range shots. I have shot deer out to 150yds with iron sights and a rifled slug from a smooth bore barrel. I’ve shot deer as far as 265yds with a deer slug on a scoped shotgun. I’ve shot deer with bows and pistols from various distances also. Point is, it isn’t shooting fish in a barrel. Deer are a weary prey worthy of respect. It is an accomplishment to take a deer. It is more of an accomplishment to take an older deer that has seen the pitfalls of life. There are people who don’t respect the animals and there are those that do. A few bad apples will spoil the whole batch.
#6 I’ve hauled deer out of the woods over my shoulder, with a stick, or with a rope. I’ve loaded them in the truck and onto 4wheeler racks. Do we still pull a plow with horses or mules? Has farm equipment ever gotten larger? Human nature is to take the easiest route. Would you farm 1000 acres with a two row planter and picker if you had a 24 row planter and a 12 row head in the barn?
The deer I shot this year scored 148”. That is the largest deer I’ve ever shot in 25 years of deer hunting. I spent more than a year watching that deer and tracking his movements. I came within 20 yards of him more than once with both of us on the ground and I did not shoot. If anyone thinks it’s easy, I dare you to go try it and be honest with how things turn out for you.
I couldn’t tell you how many deer I have taken honestly but it is a pastime handed down to me by my grandfather and uncle who I very much respect. It is challenging and not for the faint of heart. Hunting anything is constantly learning and paying attention to your surroundings. I respect the opinions of those who don’t agree but don’t tell me I’m wrong for doing something I love and cherish.