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High Fence Elk Hunt - How do you feel?
ginkgo72 wrote:
Redhawk1 wrote:
Everyone is entitled to there opinion. But I don't think people need to impose there own personal ethics on others. Shame on You!

I believe as hunters we should be able to discuss on this open forum our own ethics - that is what makes discussions like this so interesting. I want to hear about your ethics and why you think the way you do. If we can't defend our beliefs and learn from each other - why bother?

Because I believe ethics is just what you do when no one else is around. Also the subject of ethics usually turns into a heated debate. What I think is unethical may differ from what you think.

It is a personal thing, not everyone sees it as cut and dry. And frankly I refuse to impose my personal ethics on anyone but myself. If it is legal, then in my book it is ethical.

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Redhawk1 wrote:

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It is a personal thing, not everyone sees it as cut and dry. And frankly I refuse to impose my personal ethics on anyone but myself. If it is legal, then in my book it is ethical.

I hear that-agree totally.

I've noticed (from my involvment on local hunting forums in my state) that the vast majority of people who claim to be strictly opposed to high fence hunting have never themselves done it. They base their opinions and ideas on second and third hand info from people that have had bad experiences and/or the knowledge that groups like PETA come out in strong opposition to it.

With that being said, there could be people here that have been and have first hand knowledge to go on, that's entirely possible.

I say to each his own. Until my method of hunting imposes on you (or vice versa), I'm not at all concerned. The anti's of the world will always target the hunter/gun owner regardless of where or by what LEGAL means we use.

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There was a good story in our local paper about a soldier returned from Iraq, minus his legs, and was able to bag his first elk on a fence hunt.

For lots of people the situation may not be as drastic as that. For many it is a choice between some sort of qualified hunt - (guide, ranch, fence), or nothing because they can't DIY on the steep and deep.

One size doesn't fit all.

I think most of us would agree that almost no one is successfull hunting elk on public land unless they know what they're doing.

It's prolly best to not be too impressed with someome's wall trophy until you know the whole story.

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I'm not going to dicourage anyone from hunting at all. For me, I've hunted with guides and like to hunt with some of them, especially their food. What I really like is a DIY public land hunt in AZ or NM. Lots of public land and good trophies. I love it if I have the tag, but if I'm taking my son, a friend or some youth out for big game, that is just about as good. High fence is not for me. I will probably give up hunting before I try that.

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Full Draw, I understand what you are saying. But just think about this. As many have noticed, the price of a guided Elk hunt is getting very expensive. Yes there as a lot of people that can afford it, but then there are some that can't. To do a self guided hunt for some guys is not an option. Some may not have enough experience to do it, some may scrimp and save for years and have a once in a life time opportunity and maybe they don't want to risk that much money too come back empty handled. I know quit a few guys that want to bring home game if they put out that kind of cash. I also know there are some guys that are willing to accept coming home empty handed.

I respect your decision not to high fence hunt. I just hope someday that the option is not closed to other's that want to. Thumbs up

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Redhawk1,

I said that I would not discourage anyone from hunting. I don't expect everyone to DIY and if they want to hunt high fence then I say go ahead. From what I can tell these places are not priced much better than guides. The only fear I have about high fence operations is the health of the herd. I would hate to see a situation where a closed in infected herd were to escape and spread the infection to the wild herd.

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Full Draw wrote:
Redhawk1,

I said that I would not discourage anyone from hunting. I don't expect everyone to DIY and if they want to hunt high fence then I say go ahead. From what I can tell these places are not priced much better than guides. The only fear I have about high fence operations is the health of the herd. I would hate to see a situation where a closed in infected herd were to escape and spread the infection to the wild herd.

Agreed Thumbs up

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Do you call that fair chase? Shame on You!

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I have hunted for 12 years in the South Fork area and have taken a couple animals, and even in a bad hunting year I have never considered a fence hunt, just don't feel like thats really hunting. just my 2 cents worth

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For me personally, I could never or would never want to. I would feel as if I cheated, again a personal feeling.

Getting out there with no training wheels you against all the drawbacks and coming out on top by filling a tag is the greatest feeling in my hunting world. As another said do it this way and a legal four by bull or cow elk is a trophy to be proud of.

Just my personal feeling not putting this judgement on others.

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