Great looking buck with the smokepole SKB! Here's mine from a few years ago as well (& the only "trophy" I've ever really kept). I mostly hunt does anymore (tags are much easier to get these days and they arguably eat better).
Perhaps I'm ignorant of some component of it, but I was always of the understanding that farmers (and ranchers) play a critical part of the conservation ethic. If not for their ongoing efforts (and for the most part, their love of the land they steward) most game animals would be largely out of luck and huntable numbers simply wouldn't exit.