Intro:Well its my time of year again to go Hunting! Many of you may not apreciate this sport due to what you think is animal cruelity or just wrong (post your reason). However many of you might (i'm not sure how many of you are hunters) think of this as a sport to prove your skills or just to get some fresh meat in your stomach (deer tastes really good).
So post your reason why you hate or like hunting. Also if you are a hunter post what guns you use.
Topic: I support hunting because it give gun owners a chance to test out their skills on a live animal (not human of course) Also you can make plenty of money selling the animal to a taxidurmist (sp?) But my main reason is food. Because I normally go out with little food and often eat what I shoot. This is why I favor hunting
Now for guns.
The guns I have with me is the 44 magnum (can't hunt without Dirty Harry's gun). The M1 Garand (my granfathers). My modified kar98k/lee enfield/mosin nagant rifle (enfield bolt action, mosin nagants magazine system, and kar98k caliber and body) with a good scope.And finally my Swiss Vetterli rifle model 1881 short rifle. Oh I almost forgot I also have my British Martini Henry rifle that I brought along
Hunting something to then not eat it is a crime in my book.
Its that simple to me, hunting something for money, or kicks is wrong. You can shoot at moving cardboard targets to test your skill. Camping out in the woods with your rifle waiting for a deer to pass requires less skill.
Sounds like fun-- I do like camping. I think the whole ethics thing is kind of a non-issue, considering anyone who eats meat would be a hypocrite to call hunting cruel (although it could be justly viewed as excessive). I'd probably rather be one of the thousands of deer shot and killed with a bullet than one of the millions of turkeys raised in cramped conditions and eaten for thanksgiving this year. That's why it seems like a non-issue to me. Then there's the horror stories about how cows can be slaughtered without actually having been knocked unconcious, and then still moo while they hang with their guts spilling through a grate (they usually knock cows out with a metal bolt fired from sort of a gun-- probably wouldn't be fun to get hit in the eye as opposed to in the head). I do have to say though-- wouldn't it be more fun with a bow and arrow or a crossbow? I mean, the sport seems to be somewhat taken out of it when there is a scope involved (although I wouldn't really know, I've never been hunting). Personally though, I'll stick with packing food.
Oh yeah, and as a rule-- hunting and not eating what you hunt is what I would consider wrong.
08'aIgnorance is not an excuse
28th November 2003
I've never had the opportunity to go hunting, but I really want to try it sometime. I don't have anything against hunting at all (read MagicMan's wellwritten post for the reason).
Well I only have one scoped weapon (my custom rifle) However when I fire my black powder Martini Henry (with only my iron sights) I find it more exciting then just shooting my crossbow (no recoil=less fun)
BTW if you are considering to become a hunter I suggest you eather learn how to use a crossbow or bow. Or start off with a 22 cal rifle and learn how to shoot at a target range.
PS I don't like packing food for my trips eather
It doesn't bother me unless the hunters are around my house, constantly fireing or something. I don't go hunting, but I do know that Deer sausage sticks taste real good. People bring them in to work all the time.
Anywho, they say that, without hunting, the Deer population would climb too high. Then there wouldn't be enough food for all of them (starvation), and more and more of them would be running around on roads at night, causing automobile accidents. They had a whole article on it in the local newspaper. I'll try to scan it later.
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
It's not exactly something I love. I would oppose it because most of the people who live around here hunt just for the heck of it. They are not freezing to death, nor are they starving, so they aren't hunting for food or clothing but just to kill. I think that is wasteful. They just jump the meat and take the trophy, don't bother donating the meat that could be feeding the poor...
Hunting is fine with me. Especially fox hunting - damn you Labour Party.
I hunt fish with a light bass rod and multliplier (both Penn).
No problems over here with hunting, as long as the meat gets eaten. Hunting for trophies however, is incredibly cruel. I've got no desire myself to hunt, but for those of you who do, go for it!
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
a sport to prove your skills
Skills? you mean being able to hold in excess of a 4kg rifle? then pulling the trigger at a animal that has no idea nor chance to get away from it?