Years ago, we got what the F&G guys told us was the biggest (antlered) elk taken here in Idaho in 22 years. Later that night, before we even got the meat packed out, someone tried to steal the antlers....about 3 AM.
They were obviously after the trophy.
We drew straws and I "guarded" the antlers all the next day, while my two partners had to hike into the mountains and return with the remaining 2/3 of the elk. All day we had a number of "visitors", which was fun.....I wonder how many would have taken the antlers had I not been left as the guard.
Within the shadows, go quietly.