Do you agree or disagree with Nugent's comments? Do you think game laws in your area are ethical? What does it mean to be ethical? Should hunters need to point out their ethical behavior? We look forward to hearing from you.
I do not get to post as much as I want here at D&DH forum so this is not dragging up an old topic but just picking up were I last left off.
I whole heartily disagree with Ted and his perception of hunting ethics. Ted uses words like "bastardized, fear mongering, lunatic fringe..ect" to elicit the same type of hateful rhetoric from fellow hunters. To use it as ammunition to throw it back in our face. He is attempting to divide us hunters as whole. By getting other hunters on his side he is attempting to change the current laws for his own personal ideals of what hunting should be.
Just so happens he used these tactics in attempt to take the spot light off his recent run in with the law for poaching. To be honest after I heard that story of him being charged for poaching I'm not worried anymore about Ted and his hateful hunting ethics ramblings.
Do I think the game laws in my area are ethical? Ethics where never intended to be instituted into game laws. For instance we can't use salt licks here in NY? Why is that? Is it because a salt lick is unethical to use? I thought the same in-till I asked our DEC office. The answer was, the law is not in place for ethics it is there based on scientific findings that deer readily contract and spread diseases when using the same salt licks.
Sunday hunting is now allowed in NY. Do I find it more ethical now that Sunday Hunting is allowed? Ethics never played a part in the law of no Sunday hunting it was there because the majority went to church on Sundays back when the law first was created. Now that most don't go to church on Sundays the law is changed. It has nothing to do with ethics it was based on the principle of respecting one's religion.
What does it mean to be ethical? Ethics is based on obeying hunting laws. Being ethical means obeying the current hunting laws and regulations even if you don't agree with them. Ted crossed that line when he was charged with 11 counts of poaching. He is unintentionally teaching young hunters it is fine to break the hunting laws if you think they are their for ethical purposes.
Should hunters need to point out their ethical behavior? No I don't think they should. Ethics is a personality trait something the religious type might call being modest, giving glory to the one who created them. It would be like if I gave to the poor then stood on the street corner shouting "Look at me, look how great I am, I gave to the poor." I would find that to be self serving.
"The deerskin rug on our study floor, the buck's head over the fireplace, what are these after all but the keys which have unlocked enchanted doors, and granted us not only health and vigor, but a fresh and fairer vision of existence" -Paul. Brandreth