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Location: N. Utah
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

I know a few people that are just that trophy hunters only. I hunt for the meat if a nice one happens along all the better. I have my share of nice deer antlers to show off. shot every thing form a spike to a 6x5 could have been 6x6 if not for the broken eye guard. Now I'm at the point to hold off the first few days before shooting for the freezer. Don't worry I wont be offended by some remarks.

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Location: Wa.
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

I would have to say that I'm a meat hunter.

When I'm getting ready for the season I look for areas where there is sign of scattered groups of game. From this I can get an idea of which way they're moving up the mountain. I get the biggest rush when my estimation of the movement of the game was a good guess and I find the critters in an area I thought they may be. If I just want some meat in the freezer I don't get fussy. If I'm looking for more of a challenge I try to find a large bodied 4x4 or better, but I will still be looking for meat. Most of my deer and antelope hunts are solo hunts. With the larger critters I prefer hunting with others. A meat hunt for elk can get to be a whole bunch of work. A trophy hunt for elk is, without a dought, a whole bunch of work.

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

I'd like to kill me a monster buck, something that much more extraordinary than the one I shot last season, but at the same time, I'd love to have some more venison to munch on, I just can't get enough of it.

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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

In our family its mostly for the meat. In fact we'll hunt cow elk when we can instead of bulls, simply because they're better eating.

But... my husband still dreams of getting that magnificent mule deer trophy some day! And we do have a very handsome pronghorn decorating our family room.

So... I would say we primarily hunt for meat, but if a trophy presents itself, we'll go for it.

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Location: N. Utah
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Well so far I'm not alone on this. One thing that I found out in my opinion is antelope taste better than deer. I have only shot two so far, the hunts messes with my muzzle loader hunt for deer. In Utah it's in September. i had people tell me that antelope don't taste all that good. but it all depends on how you take take of your game after it's shot. what I will do is put some bags of ice in the cavity as soon as it's cleaned to cool it off. I have to drive 150 miles to duchesne to hunt for antelope easy pickings there. anyway after it's home it gets quartered out and put in a fridge. It seems to be some real tender meat. I too would like to have a trophy elk. Been waiting ten years now for that tag. If don't draw out this year will be the last for putting in. Sorta want a nice antelope on the wall. Here in UT. can only put in for one species which really sucks. And with the big price increase in licenses next year . Can sure change a person mind real easy.

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Location: Missouri
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

Can't eat those there horns,,,,,,,but,,,,,,,,,they sure do look good!

I don't make my living tell'n hunt'n stories from hunting in deer parks.
I guess that makes me a meat hunter?

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Location: Pennsylvania
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

Both! I hunt for the meat but, I also consider a doe a trophy....so that would make me a trophy/meat hunter.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

Well, I have to say both and it depends. At the first half of the season I am a trophy hunter and will/have passed some pretty decent animals in search for the "one". I try to put a lot of time in at the range and scouting getting ready for the shot. The last half of the season changes to meat hunting and filling the tag. I like deer meat and enjoy bucks and does but now I want to be able to bust mature bucks not so much for the antlers as the challenge. A mature doe is just as satisfying and can be harder to find at times.

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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trophy hunter or meat hunter?

If I have 2 tags to work with, the first ones for the freezer and the second one is for the wall. I shoot the first full-grown deer I see, except for does with yearlings still with her. The next one is for the rack. So far, I've never had to use that second tag though.

In NS where we only had one tag (buck only) I would have taken the first full-grown buck I saw. Given the population, I'm sure Chester will agree that any legally taken adult deer in NS is worth bragging about.

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They are as hard to get as winning lottery ticket at times but I have been fortunate to have access to land that produce very large mature deer both does and bucks. I have been fortunate to bag a few of these elusive characters but have come up empty other years. Two years ago I ate "tag" soup because I spotted an absolutely huge buck at a distance early in the season and I had to have him. With a week left in the season he got hit by a semi. :( You win some... you lose some.

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Location: N. Utah
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From what I'm reading about from saskie, and chester golf it sounds about like UT. unless you are on private land(cmwu) or an limited entry area is where you have the most luck of tagging a bigger buck.. on public land you can run into 2 points up to 3 points if you get away from the crowds and you will fill a tag. But to find a 4 point or better gets a little harder. I generally have to work in the thicker parts and still stay away from the crowds. i found myself an area where in the last two years nobody wants to walk in. I found out it has to be at least two miles in. most people i have seen will go half that and turn back . the thought of getting one and have to drag it backs is what makes the difference. Don't worry myself went and bought a freight pack for this purpose.

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