old hunter, i see your side of the story.... lets kick back with some wild turkey on the rocks when i start gettin gup there in age, then just being healthy enough to be in the mountains during the fall will in itself be a personal trophy.
Last edited by ivorytip; 09-30-2013 at 07:33 AM.
Meat Hunter? Trophy Hunter? I think the key word in both of those descriptions is HUNTER! I hold traits from both but consider myself neither. I am a hunter.
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The main reasons why I hunt is because I like to be challenged and I like to spend time in the outdoors. To me, I don't see the challenge in going out and shooting a cow or doe. I realize I could still go hunting with others after I have filled my tag, but I don't think its quite the same as when you have a tag in your pocket. Going after a big mature buck or bull usually means I will spend many more days hunting than if I was to harvest an animal for meat and I feel that gives me the most out of my season.
However, I will never let meat go to waste. I will not hunt too far in that I wouldn't be able to get all of the meat out before it spoiled. When I have to pack an animal out, the head is always the last trip. I am also a single guy, and if I was to shoot a couple animals every year I could never eat all the meat. Being a trophy hunter, there are some years that I don't fill my tag. This means I don't have any problem getting everything eaten. I do sometimes give meat to friends and family, but I will only give it to people that I know are going to eat it. I know many people that get cow and doe tags every year and then end up giving away most of the meat. To me if you are always having to give away meat then you don't have a good enough reason to kill the animal in the first place. I also know many people that buy doe/cow tags and do a really good job of eating everything.
Just got back from my archery elk hunt. I must say that I do understand the joy of taking trophy animals. I will shoot one if the moment arises. I never dreamed this topic would blow up like it has. I really don't have a problem with people trophy hunting. I was talking more about those people who shoot only trophies and give the meat away. The tv shows that let their harvest sit overnight and let the meat spoiled. Hunting was designed for putting food on the table from day one. Not hanging the trophy on the wall. I just feel that hunting shows have ruined hunting as a whole. That's not every hunting show out there either. Also, at least people that give their meat away, give it away and don't let it go to waste. Nothing wrong with donating meat to those who need it.
I think some are missing the point. Some trophy hunters (they say they are) hunt for trophy's, because they like the challenge, and being outdoors.
How is this different from being a meat hunter, but leaving the antlers on the ground? If your first reaction is i'm nuts for saying that, and you'd never leave antlers on the ground. You better reevaluate why you're really hunting.
Trophy hunters are so sensitive.
Most of us are well mannered, behave, and aren't looking for an ongoing argument. We all know your point of view now old hunter. The fact of the matter is you are on a website founded by people who were/are trophy hunters.
I hunt for the challenge, the antlers, and the meat. I guess that makes me a determined hunter, a trophy hunter, and a meat hunter. There couldn't be a more well rounded hunter if you ask me.
I will bring every antler home with me just for many different reasons. One of the main reasons is that there is no way to bring back the memories of the hunt by holding a piece from the hunt in your hands. My grandpa shot his last deer when he was 93 years old. I was with him on the hunt. I spotted, helped gut, and helped drag the deer. The deer wasn't anything massive (165"), but you bet your butt I'll be holding those antlers every time I go to my uncles place. I miss my gramps and have many memories and pieces in my house that reminds me of him but the last time I was with him was on this hunt. You ask me about any antler in my place, big or small, and I will have a story to go with it. Its no different from your photo album, assuming you have one.
This will be my last post on this topic. I will continue to read the opinions, but I don't see this topic going much further than ongoing petty comments.
I was simply responding to what some think a meat hunter is. It seems to be understood. It's not going out the first day, and killing the first doe they see.
I work as hard, and probably harder than pure trophy hunters on my hunts. The only difference is they keep the antlers, and I don't.
I just wanted to make that point is all. It's no reason to get hostile, and say they don't give a crap what I do.