Well I usually don't wander into the midwest forum.... but here is my 2 cents Blackfox.
Hunting is a right but it can be taken away if it is abused. That is to say that a person has a right to harvest their own meat as long as it is done by the law. If you break the law, then your right to hunt can be taken away.
Some hunter responsibilities:
- Safety. A hunter should be sure they know what is in their crosshairs before firing.
- To try making clean kills on the game they go after. This means practicing in the off-season.
Hunters have the responsibility to make a clean kill, respect the property and the desire of the landowner. We have the responsibility to make safe decisions. Not to take shots that would endanger any livestock or anyone's home. We should make every effort to legally recover our game. As far as rights go, we do have that. however we as a society have set a standard that if isn't met can cause someone to loose their right to hunt. Things like tresspassing, shooting game in a populated area, or destruction of livestock or property along with other offenses which are all typically safety related. Here in KY we had a guy shoot a 3 legged 8point in a SUBDIVISION with a highpowered rifle. Needless to say, HIS right to hunt was revoked for, I think 20 years. And if he does any hunting(or poaching ) in that time period, he's done for life.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...