This topic was hashed pretty well on the DWR site but I have not seen a thread on it this year yet so I will open the proverbial can of worms. What constitues a trophy? I suspect that most everyone would agree that a "400" bull elk would be a trophy so why? What is it about a 400 bull that makes it a trophy? Well they are beautiful and majestic but I think that the thing that makes them the most sought after is that they are rare. The more rare a prize the more of a challange it would be to get it. O K, so the past several years hunting in a spike only area on public land durring the regular rifle season I am sure I have seen and passed up good shots at more mature bulls than spikes. So would that not make it more challanging to shoot a spike than a mature bull? So why do so many hunters deem it an insult to their manhood to shoot a spike?