Old Mossy Horns
I am happy with ~60 lbs of meat per year. That can be satisfied with 2 does or a big buck. I just have no desire to shoot a small deer, doe or buck. So it's not necessarily discipline if you don't want to do it. I have two young bucks that I see all the time that I've been letting walk -- a yearling 4x3 and a ~2.5 y.o. 4x4. I hope like heck they make it. It seems that the folks that clean them out leave when it gets really bad around here, only to return when it starts recovering. I know I'm in the wrong place, but I don't have the time or the inclination to spend a lot of money to go elsewhere.You have more discipline than any of us. the time you are willing to go between kills is remarkable. I have never heard of any other deer hunter so patient.
that leads me to conclude you are in the wrong place. You sure don't have an itchy trigger finger.
There was a large buck sighted in the area that I've been waiting on. Looks like it was in vain. I'm probably going to take a doe or two and see what happens this month as the bucks look for the 2nd round of estrous does and also get hungrier.