I know that the animal is not wasted, but that is the first thing that comes to mind for me.No problem, but with the way regulations and the USDA is Africa is for trophy hunting. And while 99% of the animal gets used locally the only thing that the hunter gets to bring home is the "trophy" part of it and the memories.
Deer hunting is tough in VT and northern New England. I'd hunt all day every day of the 9 or 16 day rifle season and usually would see a deer or two at some point during that timeframe and that was it. Never passed a shot at a legal animal cause was happy just to see that one.I think it means different things to different people. I grew up hunting in Vermont, where Whitetail success was about 10-12%, so unless you had your own large property, and multiple deer to choose from, you shot the first legal buck. And that was all the "trophy" I needed. But, if you're someone that has more property and see lots of animals, or more time to go out and put into it, you might be more likely to hold out for the bigger "trophy". Also, money has a lot to do with it, because not all but most guys who dish out 5-10,000 for a guided hunt, are more likely to want to hold out for something larger.