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Posted by Chuck375 on Apr 21 2006
For your consideration,

What constitues a 'trophy'? How big the horns are?

One of the greatest trophies I ever bagged was a mighty 5-point whitetail.

Last year our success with deer was running pretty slim around here. Lots of subdivisions, etc. dividing up the old properties we used to hunt, making it difficult to run any hounds without encountering non-understanding landowners or the very worst, having a dog struck by a vehicle while on trail, crossing rural roads increasingly choked with increasing traffic.('Screamer', last November, R.I.P.)

At the tail-end of our hunting for the year, a friend of mine and I cruised the area that bordered the road where Screamer got killed. At dusk, really nearer to 'dark' (but still legal shooting hour) we spotted a 'skulker' in the same cut-over cornfield that we had buried our Walker compatriot in.

I killed the deer and we took him to my friend's house, dressed him, and in honor of my fallen hound, we hung the tiny antlers on the chain-link of his empty run. We grilled venison tenderloins and drank bourbon that night, and talked about hounds.

Well into duck season, a few days after Christmas, I went back to my friend's house looking for the first flights of bluebills. My buddy said he had a late Christmas present for me, and I was puzzled. My friend and I don't exchange gifts customarily.

He broke out a brown paper shopping bag with a big gay-ass magic-marker smiley face drawn on it, and handed it to me with a big fat grin. Inside was our little 5-point spread, mounted under red velvet with gleaming brass tacks, fastened to a varnished oak plaque.

On the little brass plate underneath was etched a message that made the little buck a trophy in my book; 'Our Deer' and 'Chuck, Warren, and Screamer, 2005.'

Not every 'trophy' that gets killed is a monster, and not every monster that gets killed is a 'trophy'. In my mind, how it all went down makes the difference. 'The book' just shows how big critters get.


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