Although I have a feeling this thread will be moved, I hope it doesn't because I think it has everything to do with Alaska hunting.
I read these forums and am amazed at some of the postings I see. Now maybe it's animal extremists stirring the pot, maybe it isn't, or maybe a little of both. Here a few things to keep in mind next time you feel the need to bash another hunter:
- Animals feed people the same whether or not the horns go on the wall
- You can't manage game populations with out managing predators
- Just because you shoot 5 caribou a year and don't want to hang the horns on your wall, doesn't mean you should criticize the guy who shoots one in a lifetime and does want too (and vice-versa)
- Game, like any other resource when managed properly can be used as a source of income.
- There are no bunny retirement homes.....most animals, if not killed by humans, are either viciously killed by other predators, or they starve to death, plain and simple.
- The guy that paid $300,000 dollars for a special permit, just funded A LOT of conservation for that species.
- The next time you are out in the middle of nowhere, and some yahoo is in your hunting spot and he has ruined it for you....guess what, he is thinking the same thing about you!
Ethics...........holy crap this is beat to death on forums. Ask a question about bear hunting and get three replies, ask a question about the "ethics" of bear hunting and get 3 pages. A few years back I read an article that really changed my perspective on this subject. It did not change my hunting ethics out in the field, but how I portray myself when discussing hunting. Before I go more into this, let me ask you a question.
When on the subject of your kids, or parenting in general, do you first feel the need to discuss the ethical raising of children each and every time?
Probably not, so why is the trend for hunters to do just that when talking about hunting? Just like parenting, ethics should be IMPLIED. If we continue to make that a standard of "qualifying ourselves", then it portrays an image that most hunters are not ethical, and that we are somehow "better than" the average hunter. It almost seems like a competition on here who can out do who on the most ethically written statements...........Really? Ethics should be proven, not promised, plain and simple. If anything political should be discussed, it should be the IMPORTANCE of hunting, and the CRUCIAL role hunters and hunting play in our ecosystem and the IMPROVEMENTS hunters have made and continue to make in wildlife population and habitat.
In case you haven't noticed, how animal extremists operate is they chisel away at our rights, bit by bit until eventually, they are all gone. If we bicker back and forth just because "that's not the way I do it", then we are doomed. Both hunters and animal extremists are relatively small groups compared to the entire US population, but fortunately for us, animals are still made of meat and most Americans LOVE their cheeseburgers. It's time we quit being defensive and start being offensive. Hands down, hunters are the biggest conservationists on this planet, both time and monetary wise, let's promote that to the American people versus trying to "prove" to PETA we are ethical.