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Personally, I have to say that when I have the opportunity to hunt (NOT stuck 15 feet up in the freezing rain for four hours), I do feel a bit of a thrill in it. Not for the opportunity to get a trophy, but in the skill needed to be able to approach a deer or game animal, or to be able to conceal oneself well enough to go undetected by the animals around you. As for trophies themselves, although I have none currently, I see any plausible ones in the future to be a sign of respect for the animal in a sense, A reminder of what was required to attain the goal. Not saying of course that my past attempts have been only for the trophy, as I much like venison, although it'd be better were I the one to attain it.
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Poor animal. That was a gorgeous cat. I don't like the idea of trophy hunting either. I assume that's what they were doing--out there to get that guy in the red sweatshirt is first tom--but there might have been a legitimate reason to kill that cat. Still, it is a shame to waste such a magnificent specimen. He took selveral shots to his thoratic wall and still stood his ground. What an awesome animal.
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Well put Matt...made me think about the trophy mentality a little bit differently, although I still really hate Jim Shockey, nothing like the rich white man hiring a bunch of people who actually know what they are doing so they can get him infront of a huge (fill in the blank) and tell him when to pull the trigger. woooo hoooo look what I did Cletus
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