I recently read a book which stated there are three phases a hunter goes through. The first stage is wanting to kill as many animals as possible, the second is wanting to kill only the largest. The final stage in this progression is only wanting to enjoy the hunt whether you are successful or not. I find this to fit me perfectly and now find myself enjoying the outdoors in a whole new light. I came to this realization several years ago on a winter moose hunt. The area was known for producing large bulls and I had my mind set on a 60" minnimum. Three hours into a seven day hunt I was within 300 yards of my dream moose. Apx. 65", tall wide palms with good points all the way up. This moose was standing on the road we had just drove up early a mile from camp. All I had to do was wait for him to leave the driveable surface and he was mine. After watching him for over an hour I made my decision and turned and left. Five days later after over 200 miles of hunting and a four hour stalk I downed a 53" bull. That smaller bull means more to me than the larger one ever would have. The enjoyment of working for my moose, the companionship of my partners, the terrain we traveled, and sense of accomplishment only enhanced the value of my "trophy". I now feel like I understand what hunting is all about and relish every moment with a new found feeling of sastifaction I never had experienced. This thread is not meant to diminish any one elses veiws but please let me know what your trophys mean to you. I want to hear your experiences. Hope this thread stays in a good light and we can all express our opinions.