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    Default Are you a meat hunter or a trophy hunter? whats more important?

    ok so in regards to the calf post, i thought i would start this poll....lets see how it weighs out...

    First off, I myself am a shameless meat hunter...I dont care about antlers or horns, though I have my fair share of nice racks, none are of "trophy" potential....and many end up being sawed from the skull and legally sold during hard times....IMO the best trophy is a safe and successful hunt at minimal cost.



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    MEAT!!!!

    While I can recall exactly where, when, and how each rack on my wall was taken. Those are merely like pictures to me. Most are memories. But I hunt for meat. To me the trophy is a full freezer, and knowing I've provided for my family.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    meat..could care less about horns.
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    Lurking inside MANY, MOST meat hunters is a frustrated trophy hunter.

    (Situation is.....Family of four, employable adults, live on the road system, two adults, two kids, small chest freezer already half full of red salmon and last years caribou.....)

    Out walks a fork-horn bull moose with his first set of antlers, then out steps a 66 inch monarch monster with his ninth set of giant antlers.
    Which bull gets shot?
    Boom, and the ten year old giant slumps into the swamp (every time).

    Same hunter is caribou hunting. Bulls are getting rutty. Twenty+ caribou walk by single file. The first nineteen are tasty cows. And the meat from two tasty cows will equal the amount of meat that can be recovered from that big, giant but rutty bull, caribou number twenty.
    Which caribou(s) get shot?
    Boom, and the big rutty bull is kicking on the tundra (every time).

    Without intentionally hijacking the thread, why is it that Alaskans, employed and living with lots of toys, pay big bucks to fly into the bush to hunt moose, caribou, sheep, and mountain goats? The money and resources expended would buy two tons of beef and chicken at Carrs grocery store.
    (I know the answer from many will be....I want to eat the nutrition available only from wild meat. Not that store bought beef and chicken full of farm and ranch chemicals!)

    Lurking inside MANY, MOST meat hunters is a frustrated trophy hunter.

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    I hunt for the meat, but given the choice, I will shoot the bigger animal. Not for the trophy, but because there is more meat in the freezer. A bigger rack is a bonus. If there wasn't a bunch of delicious meat attached to it, I probably wouldn't hunt. I also don't fish in catch and release areas. What is the point if I can't eat one or two.

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    ive never had the opportunity to hunt caribou yet...but hoping i draw a tag this year....

    but if i do draw, ill hunt the early season to try and bag a decent meat bull, and if im skunked until well into the rut then it will be as the mountain men said....."Do ye know fat cow from poor bull?"



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    I am a meat hunter but will shoot the larger of the animals to get more meat.

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    meat hunter all the way. i could careless about the horn porn.
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    100% Meat Hunter. I will not lie. One day I would like a big rack on the wall. When that happens will be when he crosses my path, right time and place. I don't pass up a legal animal as I believe one in the freezer is worth 12 Bush.

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    Meat hunter here. If i dont want to eat it i wont hunt it. I cant stand goose so i leave the sky carp to some one who does.

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    Meat. I hope for a nice trophy, but take what I can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post
    Lurking inside MANY, MOST meat hunters is a frustrated trophy hunter.

    (Situation is.....Family of four, employable adults, live on the road system, two adults, two kids, small chest freezer already half full of red salmon and last years caribou.....)

    Out walks a fork-horn bull moose with his first set of antlers, then out steps a 66 inch monarch monster with his ninth set of giant antlers.
    Which bull gets shot?
    Boom, and the ten year old giant slumps into the swamp (every time).

    Same hunter is caribou hunting. Bulls are getting rutty. Twenty+ caribou walk by single file. The first nineteen are tasty cows. And the meat from two tasty cows will equal the amount of meat that can be recovered from that big, giant but rutty bull, caribou number twenty.
    Which caribou(s) get shot?
    Boom, and the big rutty bull is kicking on the tundra (every time).

    Without intentionally hijacking the thread, why is it that Alaskans, employed and living with lots of toys, pay big bucks to fly into the bush to hunt moose, caribou, sheep, and mountain goats? The money and resources expended would buy two tons of beef and chicken at Carrs grocery store.
    (I know the answer from many will be....I want to eat the nutrition available only from wild meat. Not that store bought beef and chicken full of farm and ranch chemicals!)

    Lurking inside MANY, MOST meat hunters is a frustrated trophy hunter.

    ...hehehe...
    This right here says alot, no BS, no lying to yourself or others. I enjoy wild game, I eat everything I kill but I'm not so dilusional that'd I'd consider hanging the meat on the wall either. I've found that the best deer steak I ever had was one sitting in the freezer while I had a big porter house sitting on a plate in front of me. That's just the way it is, if there was an animal who was better suited for meat than a cow people would be running a ranch raising them and we'd be huntin cattle every fall. I've killed alot of animals that would not be considered trophy's I've shot cow elk, cow moose, doe deer, doe antelope with no real trophy value at all. Unless they were specific hunts for a female species I can't remember a time that I didn't walk out the door of my house hopin to find the "BIG ONE". Not to s**t on the original posters thread, I obviously read it cause I'm interested but I see alot of phony self rightiousness in these types of threads. My personal opinion is if you have to explain to someone why you hunt then that person will never get it anyway, it's what man has been doing since the dawn of time. Hunting might have just been meant to obtain food just as sex is meant for procreation but you need to ask yourself is this really why we do it?

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    Gotta agree with AlaskaTrueAdventure. We may measure our trophies a bit different, but with the exception of some few subsistence hunters, we all hunt for trophies.
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    Interesting post, Dennis (AlaskaTrueAdventures). In light of what you said, I think I'd have to add another category to the poll options - I am an experiential hunter. I truly do treasure the meat more than the trophy and until my freezer is full, that truly is my priority at the beginning of the season. You get at something central to many of us, though, in that we pay more money than the replacement value of the meat in order to get far afield. For me, though, that isn't done in the pursuit of a trophy, but rather the pursuit of an experience. I suppose for me the experience is the trophy. Yes, I can appreciate a large set of horns and when given the choice I won't hesitate to take the larger of two side-by-side animals, but the reason I'll pay the money and sacrifice the time is for what I find out there while in the process of pursuing my quarry, not the end result on the wall.

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    I prefer wild game meat to beef in most cases save for the occasional well aged premium steak cooked by someone who knows how to cook a steak right. I take care in the field to preserve every bit of the harvest and it is highly appreciated as it isn't hormone laden and full of chemicals like most beef. That said the math doesn't work out to call a sheep or goat hunt anything but a "trophy" hunt. I have countless thousands invested in mountain hunting and I just plain love it. The trip is the trophy, the mount is just a quiet reminder of that adventure.

    I guess I am both, though that isn't an answer in the poll but it should be!

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    I'm a meat hunter until I see something big... then I become a trophy hunter

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    I am mainly a meat hunter. And during the rut, hunting caribou, the cow will go down, hopefully one of the larger ones. Much better tasting then a rutty bull and smells better too. As for the 66 in bull verses the small bull, which ever one offers the best shot and if its equal, the 66 incher. More meat for the freezer. Why does this Alaskan that's employed, living on the road system spend money on a hunt? Not for the nutrition from the wild meat although that is definitely right up there. I hunt because I enjoy it. Every time is an adventure and an experience I enjoy. Of all the caribou I've taken, I have one shoulder mount and it will probably be the one and only. You can't eat antlers and I would have no place to put a 66 inch moose.

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    Trophy hunter. I live 10 minutes from Freds and can buy meat alot cheaper than what I spend chasing it. I hunt because I like the adventure of dominating my environment. I like the adventure of exploring a trail, overcoming natural, physical, and mechanical obstacles. I'm definitely a "Frustrated Trophy Hunter" because I do not have the right number of racks hanging in my house to justify the tons of money that I spend each year to seek them out.

    A trophy to me is that I killed something, harvested something, filled the tag. Not necessarily a 66" moose, or B&C scores. A trophy to me is something dead to show for my efforts. And on that train of thought I would shoot a cow with a calf to fill a tag and I would shoot the animal with the biggest antlers. So, I'm always trophy hunting and hunting season is not a success unless I killed something. Brain cells don't count

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    Quote Originally Posted by akmike30 View Post
    meat..could care less about horns.
    Sorry to hikjack the thread, but I just can't help it.

    Its "I couldn't care less". What you are trying to say is that it is impossible for you to care less about "XX". By stating, "I could care less", you are in fact stating that it is possible for you to care less. By stating the correct version "I couldn't care less", you are stating the correct version, ie "Its impossible for me to care any less about this".

    Kind of like saying "where is the ATM machine, or "input your PIN number".

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    Meat,,,,,,, but it wasn't always that way.
    As I get older the want for meat is starting to far out weigh the want for large antlers, and I seem to appreciate the meat far more than I used to.
    Now with that said, I have reached all of my goals as far as big racks and horns long ago and don't feel the need to pass up any smaller animals these days, no tellin how I would feel if my goals were not yet met.

    Also I have never killed a doe or cow and never will, but I don't have ANY problem with those that do in any way shape or form.....

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