That's true if you say "meat" in a single word. But if you want your meat to have a decent, natural life, be free of hormones and who knows what else, and provide an activity and achievement for yourself all in one, to me it's still a great option. I'm a DIY guy. I just like "putting meat in the freezer" to be a more tangible act than heading down to Safeway.
I also love heating with wood. I didn't say I was rational.
To answer your question I would say Yes I would absolutely harvest this buck given the oppurtunity.
Every animal we have harvested has been a trophy to us buck or doe, mainly because it is something we worked hard for, put in an honest effort and were rewarded with meat.
Kidoggy's first post touched on my thoughts...in addition to my original post.
I've shot a lot of bucks this size over my 65 years hunting deer. A lot depends on the unit, the deer population and conditions you are hunting in. I also like to eat deer meat. Some units I hunt here in Colorado, you don't see many that are bigger than this buck. Same in Wyoming. The body of this buck looks great, especially for the freezer. Unless I knew that the area held some bigger bucks and I could hunt them, this buck would be in my freezer!
If I came upon that buck in the mountains I hunt there would be no hesitation. If I was presented with a good shot opportunity I would shoot. I hunt an area with four point antler restrictions(on one side excluding eye guards) so he would most definitely be legal. Nice buck. Just a question did you pass on him and end up second guessing your decision?