Some thoughts about ‘trophies’ – The Ledger Independent

By Sam Bevard

Many contemporary hunters would scoff at the little eight-point rack, professionally fixed to a badge-shaped mounting board.

The tines are neither wide nor heavy, and one is broken off; another has a burl scar from an injury. These flaws would mean deductions from the frame’s meager tally of points via the vaunted Boone & Crockett or Pope and Young evaluation formulas.

We are in an age of trophy hunters, of high-minded sportsmen who are not just hunting deer, but only deer that meet certain mathematical standards. Each autumn, these folks go to the woods with the goal of becoming one of the random elite who down those newsworthy bucks that bring their slayers envy and fame and get their names into print.

After reading and listening to numerous accounts of the killing of game animals both ordinary and notable, one truth is common to most all: They all die very much the same way. Circumstance, setting and hunter performance are of universal quality; it is random chance that usually determines the size of the rack.

Now there’s nothing wrong with this trophy-minded approach to hunting if that’s what one wants to make of the game. Game departments manage herds to produce the heads these hunters desire.

There are definite downsides to the production of record book racks, however, because with each such deer taken in our hunting grounds and publicized, often comes diminishment of future hunting opportunities. Big deer attract serious sportsmen — often outsiders — with big money to spend to hoard all the hunting land. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep shouting it from the highest soapbox ridge I can find, that trophy deer hunting is wrecking traditional easy access hunting in Kentucky as generations of us have known it.  Click Link Below For Full Story!

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