originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: Lysergic
The issue is a bow is seen as inhumane, hell even shooting vermin should be done humanely in the eyes of the law. The weapon should be of sufficient
power, have enough shots to the competence of the shooter and ideally the shooter should have an alternative way of dispatching the critter at close
range as to not prolong suffering.
It's a pickle really, most people (city dwellers) don't care except when animal cruelty happens.
I hear you.
I will say that I've seen a lot more deer wounded and running from a bad rifle shot than from a bad bowshot. Most pavement-dwellers think you ought
to shoot with a gun big enough to "drop it where it stands." But that is an obscene waste of meat. Any gun .45 cal or smaller will not reliably drop
a human with 1 bullet. The stats from police gun-battles and from home invasions show you should always double tap with .45 and under, waiting 1
second between shots for the perp to register in his brain-stem that he has just been hit.
The fact is that living animals, prey animals, were not born to be killed. They were born to survive any injury, to keep on struggling, regardless of
how long the odds are against them. Death is a process, and it's only instantaneous on TV. So unless you use a cannon, unless you completely remove
the contest from hunting, there is always a chance that an animal will survive your attack, or at least crawl away and hole up.
More and more city slickers are hunting southern whitetails with a 7mm Mag. The whole shoulder just turns to meat jelly--an inedible mush. They use
bigger caliber, thinking it will make up for a lack of skill. Many hunters do not target shoot except the month before the season starts. If they
miss a deer, or merely wound it, they assume their gun "isn't big enough" (apologies to Sigmund Freud!) and try to use technology to overcome lack of
I love to bow hunt. I will use a rifle to fill my freezer; but the real hunting is with a bow. And I am getting more and more into primitive
archery. I don't use a lens, or even a sight. But I love stalking, and stalk to within 25 yards, my own personal requirement before loosing an arrow
at something. I've never hit one with an arrow that I didn't recover it within 18 hours, the animal probably expiring within the first hour of
I respect the pavement-dwellers and their right to their opinions, even when I cannot respect the opinion itself. Most of them have never thought
about it for more than 5 minutes. Usually, the worse their opinions, the less time they spend in the wild. They are unaware of the web of an
ecosystem they are witnessing--they just like the "cute" furry mammals at the top of the pyramid. They object to humans participating in the web,
because "it's cruel." They have no idea of how cruel nature is.
No deer dies of old age. There are no old-folks homes for mountain goats, or elk. No senior care facilities for rabbits and squirrels.
The fact is, every prey animal dies from pretty much 1 of four causes: freezing to death, starving to death, dying of infection, or being torn limb
from limb while still breathing by some predator, usually canine. (but could be feline or porcine for that matter.). When I compare those fates,
versus being shot in the heart with a broadhead arrow or a rifle bullet, I can tell you the human -caused death seems almost like a mercy killing.