This is not a debate about hunting for inches but about goals and taxidermy as art.I set goals for each animal myself or son hunts.They are goals and they could change at anytime while hunting.I just want the change to be what I want not anyone else. Like goals for springbucks.I would like to have my son take all four and have them all be 13" or better.With that said though i want that classic springbuck shape.You know the nice curl with tips going back.A 15" monster but with straight horns the size means nothing then.So as much as inches matter I want the shape to and that will over ride the inches.If a 12" or so ram has the shape he will be tried for.The reason besides the fun of the hunt I think the 4 springbucks make one of the best mounts ever. Then you have all the spiral horns.Bushbuck most be better then the so called avg but have that nice twist and ridge.I would rather take a 13" cape bushbuck with that shape the a 15" that is straight. Nyala the same I want that twist as it goes up.My goal is to get as close to 30" as I can get but with the right shape. Eland horn size means the least as I want that long haired mop on it face with thick heavy ridge horns.That to me makes the mount when done. Kudu goal is for a 55" or better or just one of the heavy horned wide ones. That makes you just drool as you watch him. oryx the goal is to hit the 40" mark with a bull or 42 with a female. The thing that is weird is as I look for the perfect horn shape and what must would call the perfect trophy for each animal.Let a kudu walk in front of me with a nontypical horn he is died right there with out a care in the world about the inches. To this day I hate that I did not let dakota take an oryx we seen with the one horn making a circle in front of his face.Other horn was maybe only 30".I see animals with a non typical horns as nice as the perfect set we all look for.Non typical make as nice as mount as any to me and make people take that second look. So is it me or do others look at each animal all the way up to what the mount may look like.I know the fun is in the hunt and I have all that fun and more as I do alot of stalks and pass on things must would shot.I look at the horns the capes as much as the rest on the hunt.