Are you a trophy hunter or a meat hunter? “You can’t eat antlers”
Depending on what group you categorise yourself into I am sure you will have different opinions and views on what you are about to read.
This is just our view or theory on this topic, so it’s not gospel.
Trophy hunters? We are all trophy hunters no matter weather we like it or not. Look at it this way, is the meat you harvest a trophy?
So now you see where I am coming from. Everybody looks at every single animal they about to kill differently.
Are you sending a bullet or arrow the animal’s way for the fry pan or for the wall? Then it’s a trophy for that hunter isn’t it?
Having taken people out to hunt over my hunting life I have come to realise that for the person pulling the trigger their trophy is in their eyes and mind and no one else’s. Depending on experience, time hunted, areas hunted, and species hunted in there hunting career.
For instance, a hunter from New Zealand that has hunted for 20 years for Red Deer, their ideal trophy is going to be completely different to a person who is out for the first time hunting Red deer. The seasoned hunter will see a different trophy in their eyes compared to a Red deer first timer. E.g. 12 pointer compared to shooting any red deer for the first time. Meat hunters seem to put themselves into the mindset that they shoot animals to eat and there’s nothing wrong with that at all, your meat is your trophy though isn’t it.
Weather you hunt for meat or trophy its not completely about the animals for hunters, or it shouldn’t be I believe. Its about the hunt for us and everything that is involved within the hunt. Challenges we face to get to the desired outcome. Friends or associates being away together in the wilderness is a reason so many people enjoy hunting. It’s the time away from their everyday life that hits the reset button for many.
Learning new things about hunting pushes us to hunt. If you think about every hunt you have been on you probably learnt something new on every hunt, I know personally I strive to learn as much as possible from the environment we are in, to the animals we hunt.
Hunting is a passion to many. It's more than a hobby or a bit of fun. I know many people who are super passionate about the hunting they do. We are all trophy hunters in a way. Its in the eyes of the hunter how they judge their trophies.