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Location: Centeral Montana
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I'm a true blue elk hunter,no I dont have a 300 class bull on the wall(but I want one).I love to hunt elk all season.I put in weeks of scouting and preperation,come Febuary I start going through my pack over my maps sharpen and resharpen knivesand this gose on fot months till the wife is crazy,and by now it's July and I have 2 MONTHS to go. But my ? is how many out there are REAL throphy hunters or How many are meat hunters,me I will shoot any elk thats leagle(11 total 2 bulls and 9 cows in 15 years) maybe that is why I have no 300 class bull.Mabey when I draw that limted tag I will get him and what a joyus day that will be. Let me hear your opions.BBJ

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I have no trophy on my wall, although my freezer is full of elk and have eaten elk 3 out of the last 4 days. So I guess I must be a "meat" hunter.

One of these days when Thunder-BullTM walks inside of 400 yards of my sights, I just might be a trophy-meat-hunter. Wink

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I'm probably like you and like most hunters. I would love to have a 300-class bull hanging on my wall, but I'm not going to pass up the chance to fill the freezer waiting for The Big One.

I live in Colorado where Unit 61 is a limited draw unit that produces some monster bulls. So, each year I put in Unit 61 as my first choice and a statewide cow license as my second choice (I'm a muzzleloader hunter, by the way). Each year I get the cow license and another preference point (for not getting my first choice).

My preference points are building up and one of these years I figure I'll draw Unit 61. Maybe that year I'll become a "trophy hunter." In the meantime I'm happy to fill the freezer with tender cow meat.

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Location: centennial, co
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Well, being that this is my first year hunting the big boys...or girls...I'd like to think that I'm just a hunter. I'm just going to go out and do my thing and if I'm fortunate to come across a trophy, then so be it. I'm not going to limit myself to being so selective to only shoot a "trophy." I guess with that being said, I'm a meat hunter first and a trophy hunter if I'm lucky.

Kupe

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In our family its always been, fill the freezer first! Most years its been cow elk (very good eating BTW!) and maybe one year a trophy will come along. Like you Don everyone puts in for draw areas & is accumulating points, so hopefully one day we will have the monster muley or elk hanging on our wall. But until that time, we're happy with full freezer. We do have a very nice 'lope hanging on the wall. He's very pretty :smile:!

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I think whatever your priority is, is how you classify yourself. That would make me a meat hunter. If a spike and a 350 class bull walk in front of me then I'd take the big boy. But filling the freezer is the priority.

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Location: Grand Ledge, MI
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As a sidenote, how would the 350+ bull (which I'm assuming is 7-8 years old) be as tablefare? Is a bull that age decent to eat?

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I've eaten some pretty old bull meat (not that I took myself, but my uncle has about a 330 bull on his wall and I had some of that). It was "decent to eat," but it sure wasn't as good or as tender as a young cow.

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I would have to say that a young spike or cow would be my choice for filling the freezer. But I've gotten a few of theose over the years. I'm putting in and getting points for the areas that the big boy's are in because I want a 300+ wall hanger also. I guess I feel that by the time I get him I will have plenty of chances to fill my freezer with elk and deer so I won't go hungry that year I draw in and just go for a trophy.

On a side note, if it was the last day and in the afternoon and I still don't have that trophy, I will just fill the freezer! I would still want to come home with something if I could. :smile:

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Bowhunter - we've eaten older bulls and they're definitely a lot tougher, but still very good meat. It ends up in the crockpot a lot or makes great jerky!

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since you all are talking about a "trophy", what, in your opinion, is actually a "TROPHY" bull elk????????