I was slumming over at another forum yesterday when I saw it. The "it" was a hunter's vivid and condescending tirade about a hunting technique that he didn't like. Someone had asked about baiting for big game. His take on baiting was less than receptive, no matter if it was legal or not.
He came very close to crossing a terrible line, saying that anyone who would bait for game was only a short trip away from spotlighting and shooting deer illegaly, no matter that baiting is legal in many places. There is a big line drawn between any legal method of harvesting game and poaching, no matter what any individual hunter thinks.
Hence, my point in writing this. If it's legal, then it's legal, period. If you don't like that technique, then tough Sh*t! I really don't care about your personal feelings reference what's actually a legal way to harvest game. Chances are you've never even seen that technique in use ever. If you have and do not prefer it, fine, simply don't think you need to convert others to your way of thinking.
Look folks, we are all hunters. We do NOT need to put out ON OPEN FORUM posts showing sniping and disagreement to our own personal techniques vs what we feel about what FELLOW hunters do. Do you really want to alienate another member of our hunting fraternity? I should hope you'd say no to that question.
Think about what you say on open forum as I can promise you that many antis prowl these type open forums, undisturbed, looking for quotes to help their causes. Do you not think that a divisive or incendiary quote made by one hunter to another is not great fodder for their BS? Well , maybe you need to sit down and think again. Nuff said.
Be pleasant to other hunters. It's OK to differ in opinion and to hunt in distinctly different ways. Just, please DO NOT proclaim your way as the only way. PLEASE!
ADDED: One last thought that I did not remember to include in my original posting. For the record, I am not a big fan of baiting or hunting big game in a preserve setting. Those are simply my personal feelings and what I prefer. I do wish all that might participate, legally, in either or both those techniques the best of luck, many happy hunting times and a wealth of memories and trophies to include in your own personal hunting annals because we are both members of a special hunting fraternity, IMHO. No matter to me how you enjoy your hunts, as long as they are done legally and ethically.