The definition of a trophy

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by J E Custom, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    The other day I was in a gun store and heard a man talking about the trophy that he had
    seen on his game camera. The guy he was talking to ask him how big he was and his reply
    was I don't know but he was the biggest that I have ever seen replied the hunter.

    Then the other guy commenced to tell him that if it wasn't at least a 190 score then it was
    not a trophy white tail.

    The hunter looked disappointed and eventually walked away from this guy and continued to

    After seeing his disappointment I had to console him when I got the chance and it was not
    long before he walked by and I told him that I had over heard him say he had seen a trophy
    on his game cam.

    He replied "Well I guess it ain't no trophy" according to that guy over there.

    When I ask him how big he was , he said it was a 10 pointer that was out past his ears.
    Then I ask him how the deer measured up to other deer killed on his lease. And he said that
    no one has ever killed one as big as this one in over 25 years.

    So at this point I proceeded to tell him about what I though a trophy of any kind was and some
    of my favorite trophies starting with the first deer my son killed (An 8 point that scored around
    110 inches net.) and another one that I hunted for three years before finally out smarting him
    (A nice 15 point deer that scored 153 3/8'') not big according to the guy behind the counter but
    the largest ever killed on this ranch in over 50 years.

    The guy began to grin and ask how to score the deer and I answered there was several ways
    but the best way was with his eyes and not to worry about what the book said It is what you
    think that's is important because most people never get the chance or have the money to make
    a trophy hunt so in my opinion if it is the largest deer on the place then it is a trophy because
    he did not get that big being stupid.

    We parted ways and he said thanks that he felt better and would try and harvest that deer no
    matter how long it took.

    After finishing my looking around I decided some pay back was in order so I eased over to the
    counter with the expert behind it and struck up a conversation with him about hunting and if
    he knew of any good places to hunt. He proceeded to tell me about the place he hunted and
    how big the deer were. When asked how big was the biggest one he ever took off the place
    he proudly showed me some pictures and one of the mounts on the wall that was his.

    Even though he was the undisputed trophy king I didn't see a single deer that would score over
    140 net B&C. He also claimed the one on the wall scored 185 ( The tape he used must be
    the one he uses to measure his Johnson.

    So the reason for this post is to tell everyone that is new or has never been lucky enough to take a
    190+ deer or any other animal in the top 20 of there species don't worry about what others say
    they have done and be happy with what you have done.

    Every one that hunts hopes for a once in a lifetime hunt and a B & C record book animal but if
    this is the only reason you hunt then prepare yourself for years of disappointment.

    Enjoy hunting for what it is not what someone tells you it should be. And if you are lucky enough
    to take a really nice animal that's just more gravy on the steak.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2007

    The trophy of a hunter includes ALL of the hunt, the effort involved and the years spent.

    The same trophy seen by anyone else is just a piece of bone.


  3. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    Yes---have been hunting for the Red Headed, Large Double Breasted Mattress Thrasher that would score 38D x26x 35 but never been able to bag one but have seen pictures of them on “Game Cameras”!! That would make a great trophy!!!!!!
  4. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Perfect. I couldn't have said it better.
  5. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    another +1. Very well said.

    My 'trophies' are those that I really had to work for. The definition of trophy for me is the 'size' of the memory and the taste on the plate.
  6. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    +1 great post.
  7. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2008
  8. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2001
    Great post, ya done the sporting world good!!!
    Sometimes we get a little full of ourselves and look at the #s too much. Lot more goes into a trophy than just what it scores!!
  9. little black 243

    little black 243 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    I agree completely and thank you for a great post.

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    GREAT POST!!! Agree with everyones opinion. For me the most important part of hunting is enjoying every minute out there, every buck or doe, every hill, every glassing session, every stalk, every shot, everything about it, and of course all the meals hunting gives me. Nobody but you know what did you put into each hunt!!! Dont care what someone else thinks, if any specific animal is a trophy for me, and they dont like them #!$%$ them.
  11. ejones338

    ejones338 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    As I look around me right now I see a lot of small racks on the wall, dresser, shelves etc.. I have only 2 shoulder mounts and they are not monsters. I also have a lot of great stoties, memories, etc.. to go around.

    Every year it seems that I pass up good sized to large racked bucks early in the season only to shoot something smaller later. I don't regret it when the season is over (not always anyway). I get to spend alot of time out with my son, brother, and friends, enjoying some treasured moments. That is why I hunt, to me a monster buck or bull is just a bonus.
  12. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2007
    All well said.

    I have never taken a booner, I would like to, but if I ever do, I will probably not enter it. My trophies are mine, and they mean a lot to me. I shot the biggest bull of my life last year. The best memories of the hunt are that it was my son's first hunting trip. He shot his 1st deer a couple hours before I shot my bull. Then the next day he shot his 1st elk, a cow. Most of all, when I get to hang that bull on my wall, I will remember my son running down the hill to where I made my shot to greet me.

    It's all in the memories of the hunt.

  13. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    JE, very good post. What is it that makes some of the so called "help" at sporting good stores so arrogant. Like all of us on the other side of the counter are not worthy. :rolleyes: Oh well.

    You did a great thing.

    Thanks for the post.


  14. Autorotate

    Autorotate Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Great deed and thanks for sharing it with a post.