My 2 cents.
If I had 2 or 3 million acres to hunt. Yippe! .............I dont.
So now you know that people can be limited to where they can hunt. I happen to be pretty lucky. I have many small pieces of land to hunt on but, I know for a fact that not everyone does. Nor does every one have the time to spend 4 to 5 months in the woods like I do. I hunt "fair chase" well...what does that mean? I scout the area and find deer. I know just where they are when its time for me to go sit on the stand. I sit there and wait. When the deer comes (and they do.) I shoot it. Is that fair chase? I think so. Now lets say I don't have all this land to hunt or the time to go and scout before every hunt but, I really want to go hunting. Do I hire an outfitter that is in the woods for 4 to 5 months (or longer) a year, that knows the ins and outs of this land because they have been hunting it forever? Now he can scout the animals and set me up on a stand so I can wait for the animal to walk by so I can shoot it. Is that fair chase? (a lot of people think it is.). Or I can pay someone to hunt on thier land it could be 400 acres of the thickest mountain side where the animals cant get out but they know the land inside out and how to avoid hunters. Or it could be 55,000 acres of hills prairie and scrub brush but these animals also know the land way better than any human that comes in. You just try to get "close" to them without spooking them. Do you think they won't run away? I don't consider it fair chase but I believe it could be a challenge. I also don't think that people who chose to spend there time and money "hunting" this way should be crucified for what they do. If they are satisfied doing this I am very happy for them...Have fun!
Doesn't anybody remember that this is AMERICA? Why is it that everybody want's to tell everybody else what they can and can't do? I personally don't want to hunt a preserve but, if you want to...more power to ya. God bless America.
When you say "most people that condem preserve hunting, never have hunted one" That is a true statement but, they havent hunted it because it goes against "thier" ethics and the majority never will hunt one.
If you can sit in judgement of others just remember that while you drive up in a $45,000 SUV with your stainless steel rifle and your amazing shoot by moonlight scope and your $400 all season jacket and $250 boots so you can stay out all day with scents galore and grunt calls or whatever advantage you bring with you to help you get your quarry. Someone out there trully believes in thier heart that this is not hunting either and how ethical is that? (and you wouldn't want them telling you...YOU CAN'T do that). So before you condem someone else....Take a good look at yourself and realize at the end we all stand alone and are responseible for our actions and words and the judgements we make. Live and let live.
[ This Message was edited by: hunter777 on 2003-11-20 22:26 ]