Ok, so this may be an odd-ball question...but what deer hunters here keep a record of their kills?
You see, my family has a tradition of marking guns with a notch/dot cut in the stock near the butt-plate for every buck killed with a gun.
I have my great grand fathers 30-06 and it has a ring of notches all the way around the butt-plate, and I was there to help him clean quite a few of those kills.
Right now, I have a few guns that I have personally marked for 'buck-kills'. My first was an old Universal .30cal carbine. I was 7yrs old and dropped a spike buck in his tracks at ~65yrds w/ that old M1.
I can still remember (I'm 26 now) that my dad handed me his pocket knife and told me to mark that old M1 for a kill w/ a small dot carved into the stock. We took that little spike back to the camp and cooked the backstrap, heart, and liver that night. Great memories.
So, to this day, everyone in my family marks their guns for any buck-kill with that firearm. Its just a tradition with my family, but I wonder if anyone else has a similar family hunting tradition?
Hell, I have that old Universal .30cal, Ruger mini-14, Rem700 .50cal, and Rem700 7mm-08 with many notches now cut in their stocks. Its just a reminder of good times hunting. I would love to put a notch in the stock of my new Armalite M4 this fall