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  • Why am I a trophy hunter.?

    More to the hunt than just a kill

  • #2
    It started 1961 ,my father and his brother brought home two nice bucks.I was 8 years old and mesmerized by the antlers,I quietly vowed to myself, one day I too would hunt and take a deer like these..Nearly sixty years I remember some hunts vividly,some are forgotten.The racks each have their own stories,and the mounts that fill some rooms give way to nostalgia,lost hunting partners,young smiling faces,brutal cold days.It,s a reason to make my hunts longer stays in the wood,just listening ,watching,smelling and some years the feeling of excitement that an 8 year old boy felt long ago .

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    • #3
      In Truth,Your no Different then any other young boy growing up in "Rural America"! I grew up as a Farm boy too! In a family of hunters with woman that could cook(good) all types of wild game;-))

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      • #4
        The main reason I am a trophy hunter for black bear is because I have harvest four black bears already. Two in Canada, one in Maine and one in New Jersey. I have two half mounts and two bear rugs.
        My largest black bear was 250 pounds Field dressed. I no longer want average size Black Bears.
        I am seeking a Big Bear approximately 400 pounds on up.

        Now, My older brother shoots the first bear he sees. He has harvest four bears in his life time also. Most of his Bears were yearling Cubs (22 months old) shot on opening day. I have asked him, "Bill, why not let the small Bears eat at your bait pile and a bigger bear will come in because it's safe with other Bears in the area?" He always has an excuse. "I though the bear was bigger" or "the bear was limping so I did a mercy killing."
        I gave up on Brother Bill, he can shoot all the Small fry bears he wants. It's legal in NJ to shoot a first year cub the size of a gym bag. Thank God, Brother Bill didn't swoop to that level.

        The bad thing about being a trophy hunter you do get skunk a lot. JMO

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 6phunter View Post
          It started 1961 ,my father and his brother brought home two nice bucks.I was 8 years old and mesmerized by the antlers,I quietly vowed to myself, one day I too would hunt and take a deer like these..Nearly sixty years I remember some hunts vividly,some are forgotten.The racks each have their own stories,and the mounts that fill some rooms give way to nostalgia,lost hunting partners,young smiling faces,brutal cold days.It,s a reason to make my hunts longer stays in the wood,just listening ,watching,smelling and some years the feeling of excitement that an 8 year old boy felt long ago .
          Can’t be explained better than that. Challenge, excitement, adventure in new places. Thank you

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 6phunter View Post
            It started 1961 ,my father and his brother brought home two nice bucks.I was 8 years old and mesmerized by the antlers,I quietly vowed to myself, one day I too would hunt and take a deer like these..Nearly sixty years I remember some hunts vividly,some are forgotten.The racks each have their own stories,and the mounts that fill some rooms give way to nostalgia,lost hunting partners,young smiling faces,brutal cold days.It,s a reason to make my hunts longer stays in the wood,just listening ,watching,smelling and some years the feeling of excitement that an 8 year old boy felt long ago .
            6PH, Very good point. All my bruiser mounts bring back great memories.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
              The main reason I am a trophy hunter for black bear is because I have harvest four black bears already. Two in Canada, one in Maine and one in New Jersey. I have two half mounts and two bear rugs.
              My largest black bear was 250 pounds Field dressed. I no longer want average size Black Bears.
              I am seeking a Big Bear approximately 400 pounds on up.

              Now, My older brother shoots the first bear he sees. He has harvest four bears in his life time also. Most of his Bears were yearling Cubs (22 months old) shot on opening day. I have asked him, "Bill, why not let the small Bears eat at your bait pile and a bigger bear will come in because it's safe with other Bears in the area?" He always has an excuse. "I though the bear was bigger" or "the bear was limping so I did a mercy killing."
              I gave up on Brother Bill, he can shoot all the Small fry bears he wants. It's legal in NJ to shoot a first year cub the size of a gym bag. Thank God, Brother Bill didn't swoop to that level.

              The bad thing about being a trophy hunter you do get skunk a lot. JMO
              One of the down sides of shooting the first animal you see is that it usually ends the hunting season for you.
              I once hunted with a young lad who took a small buck on opening day, and he spent the rest of the season playing dog for me.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                The main reason I am a trophy hunter for black bear is because I have harvest four black bears already. Two in Canada, one in Maine and one in New Jersey. I have two half mounts and two bear rugs.
                My largest black bear was 250 pounds Field dressed. I no longer want average size Black Bears.
                I am seeking a Big Bear approximately 400 pounds on up.

                Now, My older brother shoots the first bear he sees. He has harvest four bears in his life time also. Most of his Bears were yearling Cubs (22 months old) shot on opening day. I have asked him, "Bill, why not let the small Bears eat at your bait pile and a bigger bear will come in because it's safe with other Bears in the area?" He always has an excuse. "I though the bear was bigger" or "the bear was limping so I did a mercy killing."
                I gave up on Brother Bill, he can shoot all the Small fry bears he wants. It's legal in NJ to shoot a first year cub the size of a gym bag. Thank God, Brother Bill didn't swoop to that level.

                The bad thing about being a trophy hunter you do get skunk a lot. JMO
                99, good point, do you want his phone number. He will not listen to me. ?? ?
                He is the total opposite of me, when it comes to bear hunting.
                I see an anti hunting troll mouse crawled into our OL nest, with dings for everybody.?
                The coward has nothing to say in writing.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                  In Truth,Your no Different then any other young boy growing up in "Rural America"! I grew up as a Farm boy too! In a family of hunters with woman that could cook(good) all types of wild game;-))
                  Treestand -
                  I don't think so.
                  Most of the country boys I've known were meat hunters.

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                  • #10
                    Just being out there and being a part of the natural world a huge part of it. Just this evening, not 30 minutes ago, I had a small six point and a fairly good eight point on my food plot. I let them go because I have young nephews coming to hunt with me later in the season and they will get a lot more out of killing them than I will. Unless a buck is a real Joe Darter, I'll let him go and stock my freezer with doe meat. I just feel blessed to be out there breathing the same air as these beautiful animals---and eating them for supper.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PigHunter
                      I keep a hunting log. In years past it was in a bound book but these days it's electronic. My photos and stories recording my hunts are my trophies. I'm more interested in the experience rather in keeping antlers. Last year's big buck's are still hanging on a tree in the back yard, forgotten most of the time.

                      Today I let a young buck walk and later killed a pig. I really enjoy killing swine. It's not about the meat, trophy, photos, or bragging. It's simply the thrill of the kill.
                      I gave some thought a few times how as hunters we evolve,we each have different goals and things we cherish more than others,now days I don,t get a thrill out of killing,its more like something I do to account for being a part of things.Maybe it's just me ,I don,t know if others feel this way at times,

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PigHunter
                        I keep a hunting log. In years past it was in a bound book but these days it's electronic. My photos and stories recording my hunts are my trophies. I'm more interested in the experience rather in keeping antlers. Last year's big buck's are still hanging on a tree in the back yard, forgotten most of the time.

                        Today I let a young buck walk and later killed a pig. I really enjoy killing swine. It's not about the meat, trophy, photos, or bragging. It's simply the thrill of the kill.
                        I never did get a thrill out of taking life. I don't even use the word "kill."
                        I take game by shooting it.
                        I shot a pheasant and I took a nice eight-pointer.

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                        • #13
                          I have been taking does for years and now have 11 and 12 point bucks on my place. I don't shoot them, just let them spread their genes.
                          This gun season so far we have a 6pt basket rack buck which we cull when we see them, and 4 does. Two more days to go for gun season, then archery opens again.

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                          • #14
                            It used to be about antler now not so much. My dad wasn't around to take me hunting. I took interest on my own. I've only had on good hunting buddy and that was while I was in the military. My neighbor that passed would have gone afield with me if he had been able. The doe i took with his old muzzleloader this year meant the world to me. Now that I have grandsons that I hope catch the bug it's not about antlers it's about memories and passing on what I know. It a weird position to be in trying to teach your dad about hunting.

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                            • #15
                              My apologies for my earlier post I was about half asleep. The part that is missing is that my dad is making an effort to hunt with me every year now for at least a weekend. It's a weird position for me to be the teacher in that situation but it also rewarding. I figure it's good training for my patience for my grandsons. Trophy hunting it's cool and all but I just don't have patience for it or the time. And I don't want unreasonable standards to ruin any of my hunting. And I've also learned in life to be satisfied and great full for the blessings you receive. I also live by the rule don't pass on opening day what you would shoot on the last day.

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