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Trophy Hunting — Objections and Answers (Part 6)


The most common type of hunting people criticize today is not subsistence hunting. It's not market hunting. It's not even conservation hunting. It's "trophy hunting," which is actually a subset of conservation hunting.


Why do they criticize trophy hunting? A couple of reasons. First, they really don't know what it is. Second, they think it's something it's not.


"Oh, I don't mind hunting. It's trophy hunting I can't stand. I think it's immoral to hunt for the antlers and let the meat go to waste." Well, Snowflake, we can agree on that. But that seldom happens, if ever. It's illegal in most places, maybe everywhere.


In the April 25 issue of the Jamestown Gazette, "Trophy Hunting — Objections and Answers," I respond to several criticisms of trophy hunting. These are not made up. I've heard them all. You probably have too.


This is Part 6 of a series, and the last one. If you've read them all, thanks. I know I've put you to the test. If you haven't read them all, and you'd like to, they're all available on my author page at the Jamestown Gazette.


Photo caption: If I had to rank the animals I’ve harvested by trophy quality, I’d probably list my Alaskan moose at the top because it was the most challenging hunt I’ve ever done. I backpacked 10 loads of meat from the kill site, then the antlers. This photo was taken a mile from the kill site. (Steve Sorensen photo.)


To access more of my writing on hunting topics, go to the home page of my blog, Mission: Hunter.