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    All meat here. We don't enjoy eating antlers. We take pride in knowing where our food comes from other than the grocery store. Sure it might be nice to shoot lots of big trophy animals. I did shoot a trophy antelope here in Idaho but that was by incredible luck that he was closer than the does...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    I'm not understanding? Why not bother with what?
    I'm referring to the comment by y02MDM. I think he is saying that it is a waste of time to bother with hunting in general if you are not after the trophy. I don't agree, Im with you OH in the fact that it is about the hunt, not the kill.

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    I would consider myself a trophy hunter. Not just antlers but the right situation, right set up, right time of the year and amount of opportunity I've alreay had. Living where I live you really should be a trophy hunter if you truly enjoy hunting. Its about the time in the field. With that said I'm not against someone who drives out and shoots a doe from the truck for meat.

    Number one reason I am a trophy hunter though is because of how it makes me feel when I lay eyes on such a creature, and even better yet when I'm successful, my own sense of accomplishment. And pictures... I live for them. I look at my own pictures and it takes me back instantly, even if it was 10 yrs ago. To me... trophy hunting IS the ethical thing to do. Harvest mature animals.

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    I am a trophy hunter. However, I regard the meat and the experience as higher trophies than the horns. My trophy animal of choice are trophy whitetail does. I cant wait to make it out west one day to shoot a trophy raghorn elk.

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    I think a lot of us are in the same boat here. We meat hunt at home when we live in areas of low trophy quality. But when we go on an out-of-state hunt, we are more likely to hold out for something big. Last time I shot a trophy animal, I got a great velvet-covered rack and a pile of delicious meat. You can't eat antlers, but you can admire them on the wall for years after that meat has been eaten.
    Live to hunt, hunt to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wapiti66 View Post
    I'm referring to the comment by y02MDM. I think he is saying that it is a waste of time to bother with hunting in general if you are not after the trophy. I don't agree, Im with you OH in the fact that it is about the hunt, not the kill.

    That's what I figured you meant, but wasn't sure. He's possibly the most arrogant trophy hunter i've ever run across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    To me... trophy hunting IS the ethical thing to do. Harvest mature animals.

    You need to study up on game management. Killing all the mature animals is not the way to a healthy herd.

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    That's true Pete. Harvesting the fittest strongest and smartest mature animals does not bode well for your breeding program. A reverse on natural selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hunter View Post
    You need to study up on game management. Killing all the mature animals is not the way to a healthy herd.
    Quite the opposite actually... if you do trophy hunt harvest is a rare opportunity. Therefore far from depleting the resource. If there were only trophy hunters every area would exceed its holding capacity.

    So I think I'm good on game management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    Quite the opposite actually... if you do trophy hunt harvest is a rare opportunity. Therefore far from depleting the resource. If there were only trophy hunters every area would exceed its holding capacity.

    So I think I'm good on game management.
    You think exceeding the holding capacity is a healthy herd? I don't think you're good on game management. Think about it.

 

 

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