I talked to a guy last year who didn’t recover his high country mule deer until two days later. He said “but at least I got my buck”. What a butthole. I have got the feeling of being looked down at because I shoot cow elk. I am in it for the meat and the experience. I have antlers and I love looking at them and will gladly shoot a bull. But if a cow gives me a 12yd broadside I take it as a sign.