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Why Deer Season Didn’t Hurt Near as Bad Before Facebook

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Social media and Facebook are changing our world drastically (and we aren’t quite sure if it’s for better or worse). But one thing’s for sure: deer season didn’t hurt near as bad before we had Facebook.

Hunting seasons are in full swing. You have used your vacation days, you’ve spent hours in the stand, and you’ve strategically plotted your next move to try and put down that booner.

…and so has everyone else, and you know about it because you’re Facebook friends. Between your neighbor and all the self-proclaimed pro-staff hunters, Facebook can cause some serious internal and emotional pain.

We have come to the conclusion that deer season just didn’t quite hurt near as bad before Facebook, but no one should make a statement like that without also making a case for it. Here are the reasons.

1. Well… Maybe Next Year

Every November day, you open up your Facebook account and see another monster buck down and being posed with by one of your buddies. And then, the next day, one of his buddies. And then the next day, your stepdad’s twice removed cousin’s boy has a giant down.

And then all the outdoor TV hosts are bucking out in numerous states and then you come to the realization that you are the only hunter left in America who hasn’t killed a good buck. All because of Facebook.

Deer season was more enjoyable without Facebook.

2. Did That Really Just Happen?

You get back to the truck after an all-day sit and begin scrolling through your newsfeed. A monster whitetail catches your eye. You scurry back up to see what it was.

A 160″ buck is being held by a goober from your hometown. The caption says “So blessed, first sit of the year and got a pig on the ground!” After hunting hard for three weeks straight, all you want to do is cry.

You can’t decide which hurts worse: the fact that he has never practiced scent control tactics and wears his camo in public, the fact that he hasn’t shot his bow since last year, or the fact that he did zero scouting heading into the hunt.

Deer season was more enjoyable without Facebook.

3. Oh, Another Target Buck Dead…

Phone buzzes. So-and-so tagged you in a Facebook post. Open up the notification, only to find out that another one of your target bucks has been killed.

It is bad enough to find out that your neighbor’s nine-year-old daughter killed it during youth season, but to find out through Facebook with a buddy saying, “This looks a lot like the giant you had on camera…”

Third one this year, and once again, all you want to do is cry.

Deer season was more enjoyable without Facebook.

4. Strategy and Hunting Tips Overload

Articles pop up on the daily. “How to kill that mature buck you have on camera.” You read three articles a day, and they all tell you to do something different. By the end of the week, your head is spinning and you are second-guessing every decision you made.

One more article on how to get on that mature buck and you might lose your mind. Can we just enjoy the hunt for what it is?

Deer season was more enjoyable without Facebook.

5. Comparison Smarison

With social media, it is an endless battle of comparison and competition. Every buck you see, you’re comparing it to some other guy’s deer you saw on Facebook. Once you finally harvest one, you post a picture and get comments like, “I would have passed that one” and “I bet that doesn’t score 135.”

Before you know it, you are wondering if you messed up and the lust of the hunt has disappeared. Don’t let the ins and outs of social media take away the excitement of a hunt and the sights and sounds that come along with it.

Deer season just might have been more enjoyable without Facebook.

With all that said, Facebook has its pros, and a lot of good comes from it as well. But, we are sure you can all relate, and it’s safe to say… hunting season did not hurt near as bad before Facebook.

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Why Deer Season Didn’t Hurt Near as Bad Before Facebook