I am aware of the Australian practices through Don Caswell, who also have a very insightful blog site called Aussiehunter. I am also aware that a large number of animals/species in Australia are introduced and are considered feral animals. These are often destructive to the environment and are thus declared 'persona non grata' and may be hunted or shot at will, without hunting permits or tags and any time of the year. I have no issue with that at all. I have no issue with trophy hunters or hunting either. I personally prefer to utilize what I hunt. Being the sort of person that I am, I would have tried to make use of the products of the animals by selling it trading it to whatever avenues are available to offshoot expenses of my hunt or to finance the next one..., But to just leave it there, nah, that's wasteful.
I am off topic here now as it refers to an Elk hunt in Montana, but wanted to reflect on your reaction.
I wish to thank all you gentlemen who has contributed to this particular thread for exposing a lie that was told to me regarding the practices of American hunters on their home ranges. I was told that American hunters are interested in only the trophies of the animals that they hunt and that they would often just leave the carcass where they downed the animal. From this particular thread, I have learned that you are no different from us in South Africa (or other hunters the world over),where we retrieve and process the carcasses by either doing it ourselves, or taking it to a butcher to do it for us, at a fee, and of course that you consume the game that you have hunted. I apologize to you for even allowing myself in believing such a lie.