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common sense
Posted by bushrat on Dec 16 2004
Let's step away from "ethics" for a moment and delve into what I look at as common sense. When my thirteen-year-old son was ready to take his first moose, to make meat, I didn't give him the tack-driving, scoped .270 to use, nor another scoped rifle. I gave him the old 30-30 with peep sights. We reloaded some ammunition, practiced much, shooting from land, offhand, prone, from a moving canoe. The time came, we kept seeing one particular bull that would have been an easy shot from 100-150 yds with a scoped rifle, but with that 30-30, he just didn't feel comfortable taking a shot from that far off, and rightly so. He got very frustrated, we needed the meat, the season was almost over. Finally, one early morning as we were floating downstream in the canoe with a rising sun behind us, we saw the bull again on a willow bar. Stalked to within 30 yds, whereupon my son stood up to clear the willows and fired an offhand broadside shot that had little chance of missing. He'd made meat.

Why start with the least technology we had? Well, for the same dang reason every pilot should learn navigation the old-fashioned way before entirely depending on high-tech gps and nav-aids. I see this time and time again, first time hunters (and pilots) that start high-tech, then don't know how to do things the "old" way when stuff breaks down. When we start at the "beginning" as it were, it isn't so much a problem when the gps and laser rangefinder and scope break. It just seems we learn more by starting a bit simpler, then moving up.

Hunting used to be about knowing the woods. The plants. The tracks. Hunters used to be respected as "woodsmen." I've met a lot of yahoo hunters in the field lately. They know a big brown thing when they see it, but little else. They can't tell a monkshood from an Indian Potato, a spruce from a tamarack. They've never looked through iron sights, never had to estimate yardage. It isn't the high-tech gear that bothers me, it's the lack of a knowledge (and even an interest) about the places they hunt and an ability to take care of themselves in the field when they dump their raft with all their high-tech gear. We don't need to start off rubbing two sticks together to start a fire, but that's still good to know how to do if you ever have to do it.

Enough, I've gotta get to working on this microblade spear for next hunting season,
Mark (ps, a spear, no doubt, would be condemned as un-ethical by today's standards)


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