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An ethical dilemma
Posted by Michael Strahan on Dec 12 2004
Since I'm normally the high priest of hunting ethics; the Billy Graham of hunters, as it were, it might seem a bit strange that I would descend to the ranks of ordinary humans such as yourselves to pose an ethical conundrum.  Rest assured that I already know the answer, I'm just trying to see if you do.  Here's the situation:

We already know that looking for game out the window of an airplane is completely unethical, whether it's done from an altitude of five feet or 50,000.  That's why all ethical bush pilots issue blinders to their passengers, and why, being hunters themselves, they sometimes wear blinders themselves, when flying.  But is it ethical for flying squirrels to look for hunters from the air?  In my many years afield, I can recall numerous occasions where flying squirrels soared overhead, trying to remain inconspicuous, reconnoitering the area.  Based on the lack of game spotted thereafter I can only conclude that they passed the intel off to other animals in the area.

What are your thoughts on this?

-Mike

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