The practice of shooting only trophy bucks is detrimental to the continued volubility of Ohio deer herd health. It is very difficult to determine the genetic superiority of a young buck in comparison to one genetically inferior. By the time a buck reaches 3-1/2 years old the genetic traits of a buck of growing into a "trophy" is readily obvious, even to a untrained observer. The killing of these 3-1/2 to 6-1/2 year old "trophy" bucks removes them from the reproduction cycle and the passing of their superior genes to their offspring. The competition for breeding the does is passed down to younger less genetically viable bucks thus leading to a degradation of the overall deer herd. The removal of the "trophy" has an immediate impact on the current breeding cycle in the year harvested and the subsequent years of breeding viability removed. Deer farms have shown beyond any doubt that you can grow genetically superior deer with tendencies of massive antler growth by selective breeding with the best deer stock. Many in the hunting community take an approach that is 180 degrees opposed to this proven record of success of genetic breeding. By targeting only the largest antlered deer in the herd they are reducing the continued propagation of these superior genes throughout the deer herd. It could easily be argued that "trophy" hunters have a negative impact on the future of Ohio's deer heard health.