to me any animal is a trophy. but to answer your question, i think that going out and finding a area and hunting it with cameras, doing all the prep work and bagging that buck that you have looked at during the summer on the trail cams. he doesnt have to be a monster with drop tines but i wouldnt pass on that either.
"If I pull the hammer and shoot this young buck, he's dead. But if I pass on him, the next hunter might not shoot so straight."