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Location: Arizona
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What's A Trophy?

I dunno'... I'm pretty happy with opportunities that come along or I can create, seeing a lot I can try and make the move on during the few days I have etc., and happier when succesfull; especially bowhunting. I guess I'm more a meat hunter that finds huge antlers and all a definite plus, but never seem to have the money to get anything mounted anyways, LOL. Not that I won't try for the best I can though. I don't know how to score anything, worry about record books, never weighed anything, or any of that either. I suppose if I could hunt more often, going to other states between draws here, and stuff like that I would get pickier on what I pass on...

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Location: Eunice, NM
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Like has been said it is in

Like has been said it is in the eye of the gun holder, or bow for that matter.

I havent missed an opening day since 1975 at 13 but I still cant sleep the week of the hunt. I have got a few nice deer but have never mounted one so I think that makes me a meat hunter. I have started being selective the first 3 days of the hunt but the last 2 if it is legal I will put it in the freezer. Thumbs up

Now elk hunting a trophy is an elk on the ground with my tag on it. Dancing  

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Location: Greeley Co
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Just be Happy

For me to be perfectly honest with you I would be satisfied with anything I harvest. I have said before that I have NOT harvested anything in my years of hunting. However with that being said Iam picky my first 2 or 3 days of my hunt. But when it comes down to empty freezer or my family eating I will not turn down any legal animal.  I usually purchase an either sex tag here in Co. But please also know that in all my years of hunting I have never passed on any animal, because I have not seen an animal to pass on. For me a nice cow or 4X bull would be my trophy especially since it would be my first harvest. Hunting with my Friends and soon my 3yr old son(when hes about 10)are trophy enough for me. Iam blessed to live where I live and enjoy the pursuit as much as you all do. Every year I come home with a trophy and thats the memories of that years trip.

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Location: Eunice, NM
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R., get the boy out in the

R., get the boy out in the woods with you  :thumbsup1:My grandson and granddaughter are 4 and 5 years old and both love to be out with the dads and pop. those little ones can come up with some great lines about the hunt, have fun Applause

Location: From Grand Junction CO, stationed in Arizona
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anything taken with a bow is

anything taken with a bow is a trophy to me

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Location: Arizona
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anything taken with a bow is

I tend to agree... Wink

Often among friends when talking about hunting, I'll say my archery Turkey is what I'm most proud of...

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Location: reno nevada
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anything i get to take home

anything i get to take home i think is a trophy, tags are hard to get and dont come often!!!

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Location: Alberta
Joined: 08/24/2008
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Anything above tag

Anything above tag soup.

Sometimes they fall into your lap on opening morning.  Some years I've worked darn hard just for a local mule doe.  A few times I've passed on a monster rack due to location.  I've even taken the smaller of two bucks as I figured the meat would be better. 

I have a few racks on my wall, but I don't know how scoring works and have no interest in learning.  I just like to be out.  Right from planning, practicing, scouting, hunting, camping, butchering, cooking, eating, I enjoy it all.

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Location: zone 20 Saskatchewan
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A trophy to me is

A trophy to me is in your heart its about the friends and family that share these memories with you, horns or not to be able to get to the outdoors is a trophy in its self.

I have a mule Deer tag hanging on my wall and every one asks me why its there, well its my trophy tag, I didn’t get a deer but I had the best time of my life and when I look at that tag now and then it brings it all back, just like it was yesterday that’s what a trophy is to me!

BUT I DO LIKE BIG RACKS!

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I think Alpine said it the

I think Alpine said it the best.

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