Hey folks...I know there's been a lot of heckling and jibing on this forum...which is too bad. Kind of like driving...people get pretty brazen when they're anonymous. (I know, now I'm going to be a target)
I ran across the below in another forum. I never heard of astroturfing before, but apparently the Humane Society (one of the largest anti-hunting organizations in the US) is logging onto hunting forums and stirring the pot between hunters, and writing threads with outrageous claims to be used as ammunition against us. I always wondered if they did this. Apparently this was confirmed by the NRA....but that's only what I read in the forum, so who knows.
In any case...it's something to think about when we harpoon each other on these sites. I would think we'd stick together more....not saying some threads/posters shouldn't be ripped-on...just be careful what we say. It could end up as anti-hunting propaganda.
"The Humane Society of the United States, not to be confused with your local animal shelter, is apparently not above astroturfing. In my previous thread on the ban on preserve hunting they are pushing in North Dakota, I got engaged in a conversation with a person claiming to be a hunter in the comments, until I noticed his what his IP address resolved to on ARIN. Be careful out there folks. These people are slick. The person you’re speaking with claiming to be a hunter may very well be an animal rights activist trying to divide the community."