Never thought of it that way before until you mentioned it Dennis, looking back now ,i,m glad the 14 pointer wasnt legal to shoot,be kinda hard to top a buck that size. To this day,my son hardly talks about deer hunting until its time for deer season to open,i,m totally opposite,I can chat about deer hunting 24/7Dreams can be good.
It was several years ago, when I took the landowner's son out for his first hunt at 11 yrs old. 50 yds from the truck a massive 11 point ran out, stopped broadside, and the kid shot him. He was never satisfied from that point that he couldn't do better.
He later quit hunting for that reason.
That missed oportunity for your son may trigger him to stay in it longer to take another buck of that quality knowing that one is out there.
Just my opinion ;D