We still have that problem but it is not as bad as other sites. I have a minimum post rule to make it so only people who are active members will participate. Unfortunately we had people posting like crazy who had only been members for a week just to get in the contest. Guess who some of the people who haven't been heard from again are?? But generally we have great participation in the contest, and in the end it is only for fun and bragging rights. I have an idea in my head for next year that will reduce the people who don't participate even further
I am glad it is for fun and bragging rights because I did not put any points on the board but still participated. I hope I have more success next year. This is my worst result and first zero since I started to hunt deer. There could be some people still in the contest and participating but not posting because the result is a big fat zero. Pride may prevent speaking the truth.
I have two guys who I hunted with this year that got three deer each. Both used bait. I did not bait myself but I do generally bait for my daughter who only hunts a few times each year and I did hunt in her spots a couple of times as I got desperate for a result. Still her best encounter with a nice buck was on public land with no bait 5 yards behind her on the ground and busted - fun.
I had 3 good opportunities with nice deer- no bait. I call those opportunities great learning experiences or blown chances this year. I wondered if I should enter the contest next year because of my poor hunting abilities.
Also we are all different in our opportunities. How much work pressure - harvest for me. How many family responsibilities - elderly parents for me and for some guys small children. And how experienced, how diligent, how committed, and how much time do we have as a hunter. We are all different. How much time do we have to scout. How close are our hunting opportunities. How understanding is our spouse. Do we have a spouse or are we single. Are we starting a small hunting business like some guys on this site. I also had a cough for the last eight weeks. I tried hunting and sucking fisherman's friends. That was a waste of time because I was too noisy with my cough. I did see 7 nice deer despite the cough with no good opportunities.
If it is for fun... I do not care who wins. I am interested in the stories, the pictures and the bragging and the gained hunting knowledge from ordinary guys. It makes me want to get a big 10 pointer before I can no longer hunt. Though I am encouraged by the hunters who are over 70 years old.
Did I drag team 4 down... YUP... I think G2 did the same zero for his team last year. Do I care about failing my team... a wee bit. If I am in the contest next year I will give grace to the ones that fail to produce.
That said do not enter if you don't participate. If you did not produce but entered... be humble and admit that you failed this year. You are not the only one.