Would you rather - Trophy solo or Shooter w/buddy

Hammsolo

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Hey all, Just for fun... Would you rather dump that buck of a lifetime on a solo-alpine hunt or bring home a couple of shooters with your favorite hunting partner?
 

2rocky

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I've made a habit of shooters with partners. Never killed the biggest critter in the unit.

You know what? I'm ok with that. Last couple hunts i haven't been able to have my hunting partners with me during the hunt and it was kind of hollow.

but this next tag i'm gonna draw, I'll be applying solo. If i draw it i'm gonna really try hard to have my partners help me scout.
 

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I find it really hard to hunt for trophies when you are with a partner. My last hunt, my partner shot one on the first day and I started to feel pressure to pull the trigger on the first decent one I saw. I like having the company on the hunt though. I would probably take the camaraderie over the trophy any time. An extra set of eyes never hurts.
 

Pilgrim

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Great question. "Shooter" still implies pretty big -- depending on who's definition you use -- though perhaps not quite "trophy" grade, so I'll expand it a little further to ask: trophy solo or "legal" with buddies?

Last year I went West with my brother, cousin, and 2 buddies. We all filled our tags with legal bucks, but none were trophies and probably none were "shooters" for many on this Forum, but we had a BLAST. Maybe it's my age, but hands-down I'd rather share the successes and failures of a hunt with good friends and family.
 

Hammsolo

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I've made a habit of shooters with partners. Never killed the biggest critter in the unit.

You know what? I'm ok with that. Last couple hunts i haven't been able to have my hunting partners with me during the hunt and it was kind of hollow.


but this next tag i'm gonna draw, I'll be applying solo. If i draw it i'm gonna really try hard to have my partners help me scout.
I like both for different reasons, but as I’ve matured (gotten old and crusty) I’ve found there’s nothing better than a solid hunting partner. Helps with the haul out too!
 

406dn

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I guess that since I often hunt solo,,,or at least I did back in the day, I'll take the trophy solo.

The last number of years, my youngest brother is my hunting partner on most hunts. I really enjoyed the hunt when he killed his first bull elk.

There are positives to both scenarios. However,, I would never let the lack of a hunting partner from stopping me from hunting.
 

Hammsolo

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Dhoot
Great question. "Shooter" still implies pretty big -- depending on who's definition you use -- though perhaps not quite "trophy" grade, so I'll expand it a little further to ask: trophy solo or "legal" with buddies?

Last year I went West with my brother, cousin, and 2 buddies. We all filled our tags with legal bucks, but none were trophies and probably none were "shooters" for many on this Forum, but we had a BLAST. Maybe it's my age, but hands-down I'd rather share the successes and failures of a hunt with good friends and family.
Shooter is in the eye of the beholder like arts beauty. I’m implying your shooter. Now don’t get greedy...
 

Bigjay73

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I'm another one that hunts alone. My deer hunts coincide with 1st rifle elk season, so most of my buddies are doing that. I like it, some solace, peace, not having to plan around anyone else's wants. Gives me a few days to just be me, and do my own thing. Im not a trophy hunter , so that's not the appealing part of your question.
 

Hammsolo

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I guess that since I often hunt solo,,,or at least I did back in the day, I'll take the trophy solo.

The last number of years, my youngest brother is my hunting partner on most hunts. I really enjoyed the hunt when he killed his first bull elk.

There are positives to both scenarios. However,, I would never let the lack of a hunting partner from stopping me from hunting.
Different experiences = different rewards That’s math!!!
 
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