Wow! Did you just do the head? That's pricey.
I am not a hunter, so have no knowledge of what's typical about that.
Did you track down this deer, or stay in a blind ? Was it in open country or in a wooded place? Did you use some kind of lure? Or bait?
I had a friend who lived in Michigan who said that they built these kind of feeding stations where they'd lure the deer in to feed them up until hunting season, when they'd get in a blind, and shoot the deer who came to the feeding station. That' just diden't seem like hunting to me. That seems like slaughter to me. I think of hunting as requiring skill and patience, not trickery.
Yeah, taxidermy can get spendy, and it was just the head.
I usually track and stalk all the deer I've shot. Here's where I hunt:
It's hard country to hunt, lots of hiking, but big deer .
Yeah, I don't know...that doesn't seem like ethical hunting, but I've gotten into conversations with people who hunt this way and have really ticked them off, so I'm not going to say much on the subject. But I like going in the mountains and really working for my game. In my opinion it makes it all the more fun and satisfying when you see the hard work you put in pan out well for that big buck (or just anything in general)
I've never mounted any animals - I hunted for fun and for food, not for trophies. I do have a few racks from deer, though, as they just end up eaten by rodents.
There are lots of stories, though. I don't hunt any more, but hunted for 50 years, so all kinds of things happened. I still spend a lot of time in the woods and sometimes sit in my old deer stand for hours, but at this point in my life I just like to sit back and observe.
Funny, because we were just talking about Mrs. Face's first deer a couple of days ago. She bagged a deer about 30 minutes into her first hunt.
Some of my fondest memories are of hunting with my dad. He started me very young - I started out as his rabbit dog when I was around 6 or 7...