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.
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.
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.
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.