Quite a few posts say no to this or that type of game animal...I'm NOT for a second questioning anyone's moral or ethical choices. However (you knew this was coming ) would an animal being obviously sick or seriously wounded change your calculus? For example, I wouldn't shoot a primate or elephant. Ever. However if it were suffering and near death I probably would assuming it were otherwise legal for me to do so. I'd also try and have plenty of CYA documentation. But perhaps that's just being humane and not really the essence of the OP.
Really nothing I wouldn't shoot. But there are a some I am not really interested in hunting.
Tiny ten doesn't get me excited.
Water species like hippo and Crocs also don't excite me.
But again the above is purely just my preferences. Not any particular ethical or moral reason.
I recall comments, elsewhere, about some antelope species forming lasting "family units", and that causing a dislike of killing them.
If we want to deepen this question it could get a very sensitive topic. There are animals that are not shot because they have no interest for us but with others you can be against hunting these species.
I don't shoot leopards and lions , and even i disapprove this kind of hunting , especially lions. It's about the meaning of this hunt , because you hunt mainly to get meat. Surely we only do that nowadays for our pleasure , but the deepest sense should remain. Since hardly anyone feeds on lion meat , what is the point of this hunt ? We don't need to speak of the damage caused in the social structure of a pride when a trophy lion is shot. I don't want to say more on this topic.
The meat was just a very minor reason why you shouldn't hunt lions. There are several other reasons why this hunting should be considered. This affects the entire trophy hunt , where it is only a matter of shooting the most beautiful , strongest and largest animal.
I don’t know how common this practice is, but on the BVC they do not shoot Elephant, Buffalo or Lion out of breeding herds/prides.
Buffalo and Lion only old males on their own or in bachelor groups are hunted.
Elephant only lone males, typically ones that have busted their way in.
In my opinion not hunting an animal for fear of public backlash is counted as a win by the antis. Doubly no money is exchanged for trophy fee so the species loses as well... the main focus should be on explaining to friend/acquaintances that the trigger pull on that animal is only 1 percentage of the experience and not necessarily a hunters favorite part of the hunt. That it’s the chase, the tracking, the pursuit, the adventure, the travel, the research the Conservation before and after the hunt that brings us together as hunters and conservationists.