reply to post by spinkyboo
You can look at people the likes of Sarah Palin for that sort of thing.
For me, I simply don't have the money to charter a helicopter to hunt WOLVES! (As if I would even hunt a dog anyhow, or hunt from the air, for that
And speaking of dogs and lookouts, what about hunters that run game with trained dogs?! Dog IS man's best friend. Dog IS a hunter also.
Until a person has actually bagged an animal, they don't understand.
I'm the same way when it comes to fishing. I know a lot of folks who practice catch and release fishing. Not me. Unless it is illegal to keep what I
catch, I will eat the fish. If I weren't eating the fish, I wouldn't be catching them.
All of that aside, I have given up hunting for the time being. The last time I went was two seasons ago and I had a perfect opportunity to kill a
button-buck. I couldn't raise on him. I didn't need the meat.
It was actually a very cool story. For some reason, I decided to leave my blind and head off next to a game-trail. Once inside the thicket I was
startled by a doe coming down the EXACT SAME TRAIL. So, I stood still and watched her come into the woods. I was amazed that she had stopped within 15
feet of where I was to graze, so I just watched her for a good minute before I heard some more noise... This time it was the button-buck running down
the exact path she had taken with his nose to the ground.
I stood still and watched him join her to graze. I watched them both from a distance of less than 8 feet (I'd say) at times for more than 3 full
minutes. Then I realized that once this buck realized I was so close to his lady friend he may not be too happy about it, I half-readied my weapon and
He looks up and goes "wwhhhssst wwhhssst" and took off.
Then for some reason, I thought, hey I'm going to follow them... I walked up the trail about another 200 feet, being stealthy, and this time I
encountered them about 80 feet out and watched them for another 2 minutes or so until I got tired of it and left.
I could have killed that dude five times over, I just decided not to. I have killed four deer in my life and I have never done so without at least
coming close to crying.
PS: Actually, I am considering taking up hunting full-time again. But with a good camera. I have tried using the camera I have now, but the camera
doesn't do justice to my ability to get close to these animals. In the last year alone I've stalked Eight bear and more deer than I can number off
the top of my head.
With a good camera I would be good enough to do some very nice photography work.
[edit on 29-12-2008 by Jay-in-AR]