Don't get me wrong -- I'm done buying guns from Wal Mart, and it's just one more reason for me to steer my business away from them. They pretty much lost me awhile back when they started putting out the cheapest Chinese junk they could find. I usually go elsewhere where I'll spend a little more to get quality. Wal Mart doesn't have much an outdoorsman in Alaska can use.
But I hate to see a business, particularly one as big as Wal Mart, thinking it can get favorable press coverage by appeasing antis. It amazes me that people smart enough to run a business that large can be so naiive as to think that doing this sort of thing will do anything but put blood in the water for them.
This is an awful lot like what Smith & Wesson pulled a few years back when they tried to make the antis happy. The difference is that I don't think Wal Mart cares if it loses sportsmen's business.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....