Judging Animal as Representative, Good, Exceptional, etc.?
Going to RSA for my first safari this fall. Hunting PG and the wish list is Kudu, Waterbuck, Gemsbok and Zebra. Package also includes a blesbok, black wildebeast, impala, bush pig and steenbok. That said, I am going into this with an open mind (and checkbook). Simply put, if my PH hits me on the arm and says "Holy Chit", I am probaly going to pull the trigger.
Now I realize that there is more to a trophy than just the inches of its horns/antlers. Indeed, I am far from a trophy hunter (one of my most memorable deer hunts was matching wits with old whitetail doe). I also realize that my PH will be there to advise me. However, I really have no understanding as to what constitutes a "representative" or "exceptional" animal. Is a 60" kudu the same as a 200" whitetail? Would a 50" kudu be a 125" basket rack? What about a 30" waterbuck? Would you shoot a 25" waterbuck on the first day of the hunt?
I am hoping to get an education on judging animals, so that I can be a bit more informed and realistic with my expectations. Curious what you guys consider to be good, too small, unrealistic, respectable, etc. can anyone point me to a post/web page/article that covers this subject?
Thanks for the education.