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Question by phconk. Uploaded on August 24, 2010
The answer lies within the eyes of the beholder.
its up to the hunter because every year my trophies to me get bigger and bigger. But when I was young a nice 6pt was a trophy now a trophy to me is like a nice wide tall 12pt.
A trophy class buck varies from region to region and person to person, but one common factor in all hunts that end in a trophy buck is the scenerio leading up to the flight of the arrow or pull of the trigger.
Well put Doast. Too many whip out a tape measure as soon as the animal hits the ground.
Boone & Crockett or Pope And Young will be happy to send you some guide lines or look on your computer under either name.
A nice healthy doe is a great trophy!
Pends on the person. Buckhunter said it. As long as it's not a fawn it's a shooter. Any time we can get a deer i'd call it a trophy.
Amen Buckhunter and Happy!
any deer i bust my a** for is a trophy.
Buckhunter answered correctly.
My son killed a 5 pointer. A fork horn with a little kicker. I got it mounted for him. Its the best trophy I will ever have in my home. He killed his first two deer last season. The other was a spike.
in my eyes every deer is a trophy
I'm going with james... the harder I work for it, the more of a trophy it seems to be.. But I consider any deer a trophy.. just so much to respect about such a great animal. some day I'll have a 190" whitetail or better though.. some day..
What I would call a trophy in Central Florida would be a definite non-shooter for me here in Kansas. On the other hand my friend Wesly shot his first deer in my blind last September. That little basket racked 7 pointer was a trophy indeed. Like beauty it's all in the eye of the beholder
Depends on the location, the hunt and the hunter. Around here a Monster buck is any buck over 130 inches. Poachers and road hunters kill the big boys before season ever gets started. I'll would not be suprised if 50% of Arkansas record bucks have been paoched, either road hunted, spotlighted, shot out of season, ect. Poaching in Arkansas is so prevalent 130 is going to be the best trophy most Ar hunters will ever get. I consider 130 a monster here in Arkansas, a 150 for South Texas and 175 or better for our big buck states like Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnisota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio.
+1 for buckhunter...some of the best trophies are the ones that don't even come close to qualifying in record books.
Conventional wisdom has it that an eight-point buck is the start of trophy class whitetail specimens, but I have seen some eight-pointers that had racks not much bigger than their ears. So, the point-count should not be the governing factor
On the other hand, if you call every deer you shoot a trophy, the word ceases to have any meaning.
i like shooting bucks 140 or bigger in buffalo county
I have some very small racked buck's that I hold in as high or higher regard than some bucks I have on the wall that score in the 150's . It's all about the hunt and what you went through to put the meat in the freezer Its the hunt that matters not the rack on the animal . they are all trophy's no matter how large or small .
I think the going opinion is pretty mutual on the eye of the beholder, whats a trophy to me wont be a trophy to you, i shot a buck this last season bigger than any buck my father in law has shot in his life, but the first deer i shot (4pt) is still a trophy to me, its all about the memories!
If I'm shooting bucks, I don't pull the trigger unless it is going on the wall.
I'm going for personal best bucks only now, and even if it was big enough rack wise, but I viewed it as young or small in body he's getting passed up. If I don't get a good shot at one, I'll fill the tag with a doe or just eat it. This probably makes me an evil trophy hunter but I don't see the point in shooting small bucks. If I want meat it's gonna be a doe.
I think a trophy is any animal that i really had to work hard and think out of the box to harvest...i could sit over a feeder in a fenced in area and shoot big bucks all day long...but a smart and free doe that gave me the slip a few times would be a better trophy than those big bucks.
Trophy depends on what day of season and how many deer are needed to fill freezer and how many anterless tags I have. I'm not hung up on the antler craze. I didn't get to deer hunt the first 40 years of my life and now I am taking advantage of the hunting so I'm not as selective as someone who has killed a lot of bucks over their lifetime. The landowner I hunt on has no restrictions and whatever each hunter decides to kill is fine with him. We refrain from killing spikes and 4 points, but mature 6's and 8's may be in the freezer. We also kill several anterless deer to keep the herd in check within the legal limits.
Technically, if you take the head home with you and keep it, even as a skull mount, and it is preserved as a memento, it is automatically a trophy by definition. Check the dictionary.
But that is not the trophy hunter's definition of a trophy by a long shot. Milo Hanson's buck is a case in point.
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