By Scott Turner
Over the last few months, there has been a lot of controversy regarding “trophy hunting.” Please don’t get me wrong, this is not meant to be a political, moral or ethical lecture. My thoughts are more of observation and self-reflection.
I do admit every time I reel up a fish I get excited like a little kid. When I pull up on game I feel the adrenaline rushing.
But what defines a trophy? Is it a fish hitting the mark on a tape measure? Points on a rack? Weight showing on a scale? Maybe it is–or maybe that is just the way things in life are measured.
My last trip to Pasha Lake Cabins got me thinking a little bit. Bear season at Pasha was in full swing as we arrived during the second week of hunting. I had asked Chad how the previous week’s hunters had faired. 18 for 19 was his response–that is simply incredible! By the end of our stay, 3 of the current hunters had passed on bears but were satisfied with their hunt. They had more than one opportunity to harvest a bear, but decided to wait for “their bear.”
I also saw a couple of bears brought into camp that were not what some would consider “trophy bears.”
This is where, as outdoorsmen/women, I think we might be missing the big picture. The hunters that came in with these under 300 lb bears (just throwing that number out there) where ecstatic about their harvest. Other hunters and anglers shared in their happiness and accomplishment. This is the way it should be, as those hunters harvested “their bear.”
Bonding time in the boat.
Be excited with every fish you catch. Feel good about any animal you harvest this fall. It’s not about the size of the quarry, but the respect you have towards the animal. It’s about the memories you make. It’s about the relationships you strengthen with the ones you care for. It’s about sharing the experience.
In my mind they are all trophies.
Chloe’s 4-inch walleye
About Scott Turner: I have been married for 18 years to my wife, Tracey, and we have two talented and beautiful daughters, Jessica (15) and Jacqueline (12), as well as Sadie, our German Shorthair Pointer. I am currently the president of the Greater Windsor Track & Field Club which includes 200 youth athletes.
A conservative estimate of the days I spend afield would be in the neighborhood of 200, spread between fishing, hunting and trapping. I would have to say my favorite fish to pursue would be the one that is biting the best! I consider myself a generalist, I fish whatever species I can when I can. I am very excited to be a member of Pasha Lake’s Pro-Staff team. My goal is to fish as many lakes in the region as possible and report back to you. I hope some of my experiences at Pasha Lake Cabins help enhance your next trip or maybe encourages you to come up and try Pasha Lake Cabins for the first time. It’s a trip you will not regret.
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