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    Non Trophy expectations?

    Just been thinking about hunting in the world of "Trophy" expeditions, I have no need of anything to put on the wall, and have no negative feelings about those who do, always a "Pothunter", I wondered if I might be thought of as an oddity just wanting to hunt generally, a bit like preferring the Hinds to the Stags if you like? Steve.
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    Hi Steve
    Hunting is what you make it. Hunting management animals is just as challenging as hunting a trophy. If you need any help with anything please let me know or take a look at my website below.
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    I find it slightly odd. For me the trophy is the event/occasion not the animal. Not sure that leaving with a trophy head would make things more memorable. Especially as, the more one reads about such things the more it appears like a trophy comes at the expense of a good hunt.

    I have never done it so accept that this could be an inaccurate understanding of the topic.

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    I like the web site!, didn't realise I was already describing management hunts
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    All of you do speak truth here...it is about the hunt / safari not the animal...so, nothing wrong with management / for the pot / biltong hunting...

    I am the hunting industries for over 20 years and never had any trophies mounted on my walls, don't no why, just didn't see why...my 15 year old son has 4 trophies on the wall today that identify him as an up and coming hunter. I even didn't like to take photos of the quarry harvested back in the day...today I am very disappointed by not taking enough photos!


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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    I like the web site!, didn't realise I was already describing management hunts

    Thanks Steve, take a look around it and let me know if you want any further information. I'm not for from you.
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    People hunt for a mix of reasons, and I suspect that just collecting trophies as the main motivation is a minority pursuit. However, if the trophy is a by-product of an otherwise memorable hunt and serves to keep the memory of that experience alive, fine. That's why I have a tiny collection of trophies including a roebuck that no serious trophy hunter would ever bother to have mounted. But it matters to me. I'm very lucky in that I have a probable invitation to hunt chamois in France in the Autumn, but it's been made clear to me that I wouldn't have a tag for a mature male, just a youngster. This is fine by me, it's more than I could ever have expected anyway. If it happens and works out, I will still put the little horns on the wall as a tribute to a memorable hunt. And have the skin tanned too, because I think a chamois fur is probably a pretty unusual interior decorating feature in Ealing!

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    You're not alone. The trophy thing has never really lit my fire either. Much prefer a good couple of days on the hill after hinds than one day looking for a Stag. More interested in getting the cull balance right and preserving the best of the gene pool on the Roe than shooting the biggest.

    I have a few heads on the wall. None of them are "trophies", but all of them have a great story attached to them. From the Red Stag with the unfeasible huge testicles that we spent the day looking for to the "Beast of Kildermorrie" who was a heavily battle scarred old Sika Stag, and the first Roe Buck I ever managed to call in during the rut. Great memories that deserved preserving and as a result a little grin appears on my face whenever I look at them.

    Size really doesn't matter......
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    "Trophy" hunting does nothing for me, always been a "function over form" man. To me the stalk is the enjoyable bit, the shot is there to do a purpose - fill the freezer or meet cull requirements

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    I've never gone out to specifically shoot a trophy. That said, I have a number of good sets of antlers on the wall, but only because those have belonged to the beasts that happened to walk out in front of me when I was stalking.

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