No, I don't downsize my standards. If I did wouldn't that be the same as having no standards
I am a whitetail junky, some jump out of planes others snort lines of white powder for a feeling I get sitting in my perch watching a plan unfold.
As years rolled by guess I'm no diff than the rest of the junkies, I'm chasing that first high. Which takes a fairly descent animal to quinch my thirst. This is not only based on inches however, sometimes it's just the moment at hand that scratches the itch. I am a sucker for a buck crossing a creek on a cold morning with steam pouring off his back! Also busted racks don't concern me, I feel they add to the tale.
For myself just shooting a young buck for the sake of just not having to eat tag soup does nothing but make me feel I cheated myself out of a feeling of accomplishment. Not only that but I just made the following year harder by shooting this young one. I like fresh venison as much as anyone, but I'm not gonna starve to death if I don't shoot something. If my only concern was meat I would raise afew steers, I believe it would be cheaper provide more meat and leave me more free time to do something else.
There's more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of pulling the trigger.