My biggest concerns are the loss of respect for the animals we hunt, or in some cases snipe. We hear increasingly about longer and longer shots and the story becomes the shot. We hear of those that feel a magnum will allow them to kill farther so they don't miss that once in a lifetime shot, will a 300 RUM kill an animal any farther away than a 300 Savage? Only if you hit well with the 300 RUM and miss with the 300 Savage! I see to many people much more concerned with something to hang on their wall and the whole experience is a failure without that. I hear to many people unwilling to say anything about something they find unethical for fear someone will admonish them.
In years past, hunting was how some, many, got their winter meat. They hunted not so much for sport but for necessity. I think those people had a greater respect, generally, for the game they killed than some hunters today.
Hunting was a necessity then and for some today. But mostly hunting is sport today. A sport in which if man loses, he goes home empty handed but if the animal loses, it dies, sometimes, to many times, a slow painfull death. Why? Because some people view them only as a target and expendable. I had one guy tell me that a wound was ok because blood is biodegredeable! Disgusting!!!!! I do not believe that any death should be taken lightly, from a sage rat on up!
Last week I ran into a guy that was going archery hunting for his first time. It was two days to opening day and he still didn't even own a bow! He'd never shot one. What he had was hunter safty and that legally entitled him to get a bow tag. As I thought about it, I realized that it's no different with rifles. I have seen some absolutely rotten shot's take off hunting with their new gun and hunter safty done. We doo not have to show any profeciency with any weapon and would likely scream like hell if we did!
Hunting is a privledge, one we should protect and defend, not by stonewalling anyone that speake of ethics but by speaking up. I read on another site a poster said "don't judge me and I won't judge you." How distastefull!
We are allowing technology to replace hunting skills, indeed we go out of our way to welcome in the latest and greatest. The new range finding scope from Burris, I would be against that. I find no need for a rangefinder in fact. If your so far away you can't make a good hit with a point blank hold, you to far away usually. In my youth, we used to make a game out of judging range, at one time I was very good at it.
I was out with my son some time back, and he took me to a place just outside of Bend, Ore where a lot of people shoot. Shotgun mty's and cheap rifle cases were everywhere, you could have filled a dump truck. Another time, I took "Otis" out for a walk outside of Bend, a different place, and found an illegal garbage dump. That's not our fault, but everything there was all shot to hell with mty's everywhere again,,,,,,,,,,that was us. I say "us" because the anti's make no distinction and to many of "us" say nothing.
Hunting is an honerable sport. Death should always be with dignity. We should have the highest respect for those animals we kill. And we should always try not to give the antis the ammunition to use against us.
I will get off my perch now. Let me say first tho that overall I see far less of these things on this site than most others. We really do have a fine bunch of people here. This is one site where I'd have a hard time picking names of fine people,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I even like Mrs Hammer1!