I am a meat hunter to the bone. That's how I was raised, probably because there were so few trophy bucks around home. But I'm not against trophy hunting, as long as the meat is treated with more respect than the antlers/horns. When I'm hunting an area known to have trophy animals, I will hold out for a big buck/bull til the end of the hunt, but you better believe I will fill that tag with any legal animal if possible before I go home. Our family loves the meat and you won't find any red meat in our freezer that's not wild game.
I love to hunt and I enjoy eating the animals I kill. Most of the deer I kill are trophies in my eyes but probably not to others. To sum it up I am a trophy hunter day 1-4 and a meathunter on day 5-6. But like a lot of hunters I would be lying if I said I hunted to feed my family. An out of state deer hunt with the price of a tag and fuel would be $1500, thats alot of ribeyes. The adventure and the dreams of killing that big one keep me coming back.
Some might get the wrong impression of a meat hunter. Well, at least some of us. I think some think that meat hunters just go out, and shoot the first animal they see, and that's that. Maybe some hunters do that, and that's fine for them.
I can only speak for myself. I prepare for a hunt just like a trophy hunter. I scout over 200 days a year. I get just as excited about the hunt as anybody. I never have to set the alarm, because i'm wide awake at 2am ready to go. I choose what I believe is the most difficult way to hunt, and i'm very choosy what I shoot, and how I shoot it. I pass on way way more animals than I shoot at. What gets me excited is the hunt itself. It's not the pulling of the trigger. It's what leads up to it. I shoot plenty of trophy animals, but I do it for different reasons. I do it for the challenge, and the meat. The rack is not important, except that I know it's a mature animal that is smart enough to live long enough to grow it.
The hunt is everything. Not the kill.
I think that the whole trophy hunter vs meat hunter drives a bigger stake in our little community than does any other argument.
I'm a trophy hunter. That said, my trophy might not meet the same definition of someone else's trophy. A bull elk or a mulie buck that I might shoot, might make some Western Guru cringe, but at the same time, I'll let big whitetails walk all day long, and won't fill a whitetail buck tag three years out of four. I'll shoot a doe every now and again, because I really do enjoy the meat, but I'm not going to shoot a little buck just to eat, I enjoy hunting big deer far too much to end my season early.
I WILL NOT shoot hen ducks though, does this make me an elitist trophy duck hunter?
Trophy hunter vs. Meat hunters
Rifle hunters vs. Archery hunters
Compound bow vs. Traditional bow
Long range vs. short range
I am just a hunter, why label myself.
I have tried hunting does a couple times but honestly I have a hard time getting very excited about it. I do really like all wild game meat and I pretty much live on it. I bought a leftover doe antelope tag for this year to get some more meat since antelope might be my only hunt this year but its kinda hard for me to kill does because I dont like killing any animal Im not excited about killing.
Trophy is in the eye of the beholder.
the trophy hunting thing is 10x worse here in WI than it is out west. Land gets bought up an locked down. Guys passing on 160" deer b/c they are not "big enough" to shoot. Neighbors fighting b/c someone shoots one of the "marginal" 140"-150" bucks that could grow into a "shooter" someday. Trail cameras getting stolen.................no, you guys have it good compared to the idiocy here in WI. Hunting in WI is dang near ruined unless you own land. And even then, the big buck craze has family member against family member......it truly is insane. I hunt public land in WI, and see few if any deer in an entire season. That being said, we usually shoot good bucks. I wont shoot does b/c the public lands are so devoid of deer due to 10 years of Earn a Buck regulations. So typically the deer I do see tend to be good bucks.
That is why I love hunting out west. 3 weeks from today I will be headed to Gillette. Cant wait. I will hunt for a good buck out there, but I wont hesitate on a decent buck later in the hunt, if the stalk is good and the hunt was a good one. I have eaten tag soup before when I could have tagged out on a small forkie.
So I am not sure what I am. I don't fit in around here in Wisconsin in the Big Buck insanity..........but I am not brown is down hunter either. I guess I am one of a kind!
P.S - yes I have strong feelings on Wisconsin hunting. mostly, my opinions are negative due to lack of land access, few deer on public lands, and private land owners hording deer. and our DNR are insane too. wackos. The only good thing is that Fall in Wisconsin is beautiful!
Whether you're a trophy hunter, meat hunter, or something in between. The most important thing is to enjoy every minute of the hunt.
Nothing is better than hunting.
I agree completely.
Originally Posted by Old Hunter