Regardless of your point of view (meat/trophy), it is apparent that everyone on this thread lives to hunt. Whatever your reason, it is important that meat and trophy hunters hang together with the hound hunters, bear baiters, etc. because that is the only way this sport can survive against the relentless and well funded attacks of the antis.
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I'm with Norcalhunter on this one. I like the challenge and anticipation of working for a trophy, but if it doesn't happen, I'm bringing meat home.
"No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate who considers pleasure the highest good."-Cicero
"The tough-minded put truth above even happiness. They want to know the truth whether or not they think it will help them to be happy." -- Peter Kreef
Any animal that makes it to my freezer is a trophy! The best eating elk I have had was my big bull in 2011, and he is hanging on my wall. The next year his little sister filled my freezer, and she is so tasty. For me they are all trophies. Some just look better on the wall.