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Think about it.

When you hunt

When promoting hunting and everything that goes with.

When supporting an establishment with trophys on the walls

Yesterday, another poached/beheaded elk was found in Rocky Mountian National Park.

Another act on top of all the recent poaching, all of which is unconscionable.

Enjoying the privilege hunting can only be done while accepting the responsibility.

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A poacher is not a hunter. Its unfortunate that hunting as a sport is always associated with poaching. I bet 99.9% of all hunters are law abiding and wouldn't even consider poaching.

A true hunter always acts responsibly and safely!

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Referring to a poacher as a "hunter" is the same as referring to a drug dealer as a "pharmacist." Have you EVER seen a news report that talked about a crack dealer as an "unlicensed pharmacist?" No, of course not. That would be stupid. Yet you routinely read news reports that refer to poachers as "hunters."

Really makes me mad.

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Good analogy Don! It makes me crazy when I hear/see reporters use 'poaching' and 'hunting' in the same sentence. They are NOT synonymous!!

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bouldermichele,
I'm not sure I understand your post. I absolutely agree with you that hunting is a privilege that we should not take lightly and that we all have a responsibility to represent ourselves wether we're in the field or otherwise. But are you saying that it is not acceptable to support establishments with trophys on the wall? If so, I'd like to hear the logic behind it. A legally, fair-chase harvested trophy game animal is something that a hunter should be proud to show and have the memory of the hunt preserved.
Like cowgal and donmillion said, a poacher is not a hunter, period, putting the two together is doing a great disservice to our cause.

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I am not sure how hunting is related to poaching except:

Hunter dollars pay for the majority of anti-poaching programs.

Hunter's have been instrumental in catching a majority of the unlawful taking or possession of game cases.

I guess you must be thanking us. If so, you are welcome. If not, local community colleges offer basic level writing and research classes, with some help, you may be able to learn from them. Good luck!

[ This Message was edited by: 9.3 ultramag on 2003-09-29 18:22 ]

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Think about it.

About what?

When you hunt

Yes I do that some times.

When promoting hunting and everything that goes with.

I promote hunting and everything that goes with it. Hunting is not poaching. Poaching is a criminal act, hunting is not.

When supporting an establishment with trophys on the walls

????????

Yesterday, another poached/beheaded elk was found in Rocky Mountian National Park.

A disgusting act for sure, I agree with you 100% and I would like nothing more to see this stopped. It does nothing but destroy majestic animals that deserve an ethical death and that their meat not be wasted just for some antlers. Furthermore, I'd like the poaching to stop, because every time something like this happens a segment of the population likes to run and blame the acts of one poacher on the thousands of ethical hunters who never have and never would do such a thing.

Suggested solution: Maybe if RMNP let a few legal hunters in they would have more $$$$ for more wardens to prevent poachers and the elk that were killed would be consumed and not left to rot.

Another act on top of all the recent poaching, all of which is unconscionable.

Yup, I'm with you.

Enjoying the privilege hunting can only be done while accepting the responsibility.

I, as a hunter, accept the responsibility and hunt ethically. What more do you want?

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Ditto, Bit. I'm having a hard time following the logic that I support poaching if I patronize businesses that have trophies on the wall. That's a bit like saying I'm an arsonist for visiting a fire house or a Nazi because I saw Schindler's List.

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Bouldermichele, I too need clarification as to what exactly your post is trying to say. Did you leave spaces in between your sentences so we could "read between the lines" so to speak?

Poaching is something that hunters hate more than anyone. My license dollars fight poaching. Nothing wrong with a trophy on the wall at all as long as it was taken legally.

As far as taking responsibility for poaching, we all have a responsibility to report any suspicious activity but beyond that I take zero responsibility for poaching.

If you're trying to say that because I hang a legal trophy on the wall I encourage others to poach so they can match my trophy thats just plain stupid. We all have things we work hard for in life and if others choose to steal so they can have the same things that rests squarely on the criminals shoulders not mine. So if I buy nice clothes is it my fault someone else shoplifts to have the same clothes?

This sounds more like an anti post more than anything. Some clarification PLEASE!

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