Recently I was provided a trail cam photo of a Kudu that has been made known to me is off limits BEFORE my hunt. I understand the reason and it is likely a 64+ " bull and at least I know ahead of time.
That is a hell of a bull and while I get that they want him to breed to spread his genes, and I respect that they told you before your hunt to me though I feel unless it is a pay by the inch hunt the PH should hunt to get the client the BEST trophy POSSIBLE. Now to one client that could mean a non typical animal with weird horns, but I feel if the client is after a trophy the PH needs to hunt the biggest animal available. If not then the outfitter should and needs to be upfront with the client. I think this is why some people are afraid and maybe even feel like unless they are a big paying client then the PH will not take getting the best animal possible seriously.
But then it comes to what classifies as a "trophy" to me the trophy is the hunt, however if I really think about a "trophy" and how we label trophies and if it makes books or not. It makes me wonder if it is really a "trophy" (in the sense of how we label it) if it doesn't make the books?