I found, with myself, an inverse proportion to the number of deer seen versus the number of deer shot. Forty years ago, I shot every legal deer I could - I might see three or four in a year and kill a couple. Now, I might see thirty in a day - and I havent killed a deer in two years.Thats what I mean. Spending all that time worrying about what others shoot is not fun to me. Right now i worry more about numbers shot than size of deer shot.
But no doubt, I find a lack of enthusiasm just hunting for antlers because of a low number of excitable encounters with big deer in a year. Conversely, I dont get excited about shooting one of the dozens of lesser deer I see each day. I have reached an odd position. My family does most of the killing and I get excited for them.