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Time for a change
Posted by bushrat on Apr 21 2006
Dan and others,

It's probably time for a change. Record books that highlight and score the type of wild, free-roaming species and where the animal was harvested (general area) are still important. But I think it's time to take the "competition" aspect out of it, as it is causing many to do things that aren't in keeping with the tradition of hunting ethics and such.

I look at it now like giving to charity. The only one that needs to know "who" gave x amount of dollars to whatever group is the person who gave the money. Might be good and important to keep the record books and include the animal's size and score and where taken, but I think it's time to leave the "hunter's" name out of the books.

Just an opinion. Not saying I don't appreciate or respect the intent of the record books, or the hard and ethical work many have undertaken in hunting the animals within them. Our society has changed dramatically. Many now "compete" to get in the books. Safari Club book includes animals raised on game ranches, fed antler-growth formulas etc. That isn't what it is about. But even the others..."hunters" are doing some crazy things to "get in the book."
Best, Mark

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