There are some pretty interesting threads dealing with hunting ethics and fair chase going on over at the blog site. However there are some responses I don't quite understand the logic. In one blog a guy from Colorado denned a black bear and another a reporter from Forbes took his first elk and wonders if he is a murder.
Like one response stated ethics are subjective. They are ethics vary from person to person and more so from culture to culture. For centuries denning bears was common practice in many northern cultures. Even into the 60’s and later Alaska natives denned bears for winter meat. Now some guy in Colorado tracked a black bear into its den then went in after him. Now he is being hammered on as being unethical by taking a bear outside of the parameters of fair chase. Fair chase is one of those terms that make me cringe every time I hear it. As far as I’m concerned the term fair chase is just a politically correct way to justify taking an animal. Is it ethical to lure a deer to a man made food plot so he can be shot for a TV audience? How about a moose that was nailed at 3 or 400 yards using state of the art optics and modern ammo. What about ethics when a flight of mallards come into a bunch of manmade decoys thinking all is well and good only to get blasted. How many of the nay sayers would hesitate to shoot a spring brown bear just out of the den? That is a very common and legal way to take an Alaskan brown/grizzly. When they come out I can tell you from experience they are still in a stupor. For those of you who have never crawled into a bear den don’t know what you are missing. In my opinion going into a bears den not knowing what you are getting into is more sporting than any of the scenarios I just used, by the way I don’t have a problem with any of them. Hunting is just that hunting no one should have to justify to any one why they took an animal or the way they took it. I don't mean poaching like what happened at Ft Cambell or Point Hope. To me there is way too much hypocrisy among hunters when it comes to ethics and fair chase. Worrying about someone else’s hunting ethics keeps hunters arguing and divided. That is just what the wolf worshiping little Walter Mitty,s want. We can either stand together and over look methods we don’t agree with or the wolf worshipers will take us down one group at a time.