Bruce, I just re-read one of my favorite books about hunter ethics, Beyond Fair Chase, by Jim Posewitz. In his chapter about trophy hunting he says that unless the animal is availble to everyone - NOT in an area that's reserved for priveliged (paying) hunters, the animal should not be considered a trophy. I guess he believes that even if there are no high fences or artcificial antler growth supplements (including feed plots for the purpose of attracting deer), everyone needs to have a fair chance to harvest the animal before anyone can claim it as a trophy. Makes sense to me. What do you think?
i like that concept
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky