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Midwest Bucks is the driving force behind my addiction to bow hunting, but not far behind is getting up close and personal with gobbling thunder chickens in spring.

What is a Trophy

I am sure that we have all heard the phrase, “A trophy is in the eye of the beholder.”  I believe this statement to be all too true when referring to whitetail deer.  I have friends that will proudly take any opportunity at any deer that presents itself.  They are happy to put some meat in the freezer.  I have friends that are thrilled to be able to arrow anything over 120 inches.  I also have friends that won’t even take their bow off the hanger if the deer is not going to at least gross boone.   I myself fall somewhere in the middle, if I see a deer and it makes my heart pound and adrenaline rush, that deer becomes my trophy.

IMG_0129I want to propose that we are all trophy hunters, but not all of our trophies look the same.  I have very respectable deer hanging on my wall that are great trophies to me.  I also have a freezer full of meat off a big, corn-fed, Iowa doe that I killed last year.  That too is a trophy in my book.

I remember the first deer I ever harvested just like it was yesterday.  I was hunting with my family on a 300 acre farm in southwest Missouri.  I had a spike buck stop in the timber about sixty yards from my stand.  I carefully aimed through the iron sites of my .270 Savage rifle and slowly pulled the trigger.  As the echo of the shot rang in my ears I watched my deer run off and then fall over dead.  That deer was and is my first real hunting trophy.

In this short article I just want to encourage all hunters to enjoy what has been created for us.  What constitutes a trophy?  In my opinion a trophy cannot be measured in inches, but rather by the experience they produce and the memories they capture.  A true trophy is able to bring you back to the exact place-and-time and allow you relive the experience over-and-over and to be able to share that memory with others; now that is the Trophy of a Lifetime.

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