Could we change the perception of something by just simply changing a word?
What if we changed the word trophy to mature? I think the word trophy is far too stereotyped for using it to describe an animal now days. When you think of a trophy you think of a big shiny gold tower you hold over your head while you scream in victory. A material, not a living resource. What if we called it mature animal hunting instead of trophy hunting? Would people still say hunting mature animals, instead of trophy animals, is ridiculous? I think folks get too wrapped up in the word "trophy." It really isn't a trophy. It's a mature animal. The hardest in the forest to harvest. That makes it very special. Trophy is just a convenient term. Whether it be fish or deer, to be considered a "trophy" it generally is larger than average. And, generally to be larger than average it has to be more mature. So you know what? Go ahead and label me a trophy hunter. Yes, I do seek out mature game. I release small fish and pass young animals. Using the word "trophy" as a defense to poor management is no longer going to cut it. We need to practice selective harvest and if that's what the word "trophy" hunter dictates, the yes, I guess I am. And, the next time you find yourself involved in thought or conversation, ask yourself, " Is this whats best for me, or whats best for the wildlife?"