I happen to have hunted animals on occasion, for the sole purposes of eating them. Never once for obtaining any kind of trophy. I only went after species that were so plentiful as to need human culling, since the creatures that naturally preyed upon them had long since been eliminated from the areas in question. In one case, I was in a survival situation, and trapped a few small ground squirrels, which turned out to be the basis for perhaps the most unpleasant soup I've ever tasted.
My personal feeling is that anyone who regularly eats meat should strongly consider hunting once, or at the least "cleaning" an animal, so you get the fullest possible understanding of what it means to kill another creature with the intention of consuming it. I'm sure some will be terribly outraged by that, and I certainly accept that as your prerogative.
At any rate, one of my great uncles (who passed away in the early 1960s) was in fact a trophy hunter. He was a sort of Teddy Roosevelt kind of character, and passed away in the early 1960s. He'd grown up in a remote, mountainous wilderness where hunting was a form of survival, but eventually made a small fortune operating heavy equipment, and thus had the means to travel the world in search of trophy game. Despite his wealth in later years, he still hunted during legal seasons. He was particularly fond of squirrel meat, something I'll never understand.
Being a trophy guy, he had a strong relationship with a local taxidermist. For reasons lost to history, he had the taxidermist mount one of his squirrels in a human stance; sitting as if on a chair or something. I don't really know why, but his wife sewed a little suit for it too, and thus began one of the strangest projects I've ever encountered. Eventually, they constructed a large diorama "squirrel wedding." I believe there are about 100 squirrels and chipmunks in it, each dressed in their finest Sunday outfit. There are elaborately crafted pews for each row of guests, complete with tiny hymnals. There's a full carriage, ring bearers, you get the picture.
My family is still in possession of this bizarre artifact. It was once featured on the cover for an album by a well-known punk rock band, and a famous documentary film maker is in the early stages of filming a feature about it. Really.http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Uncle-Pauls-Dead-Squirrel/dp/B000001V1J