i really enjoyed teds article,,,,,
Never has any word been more bastardized than the hyper politically correct fear mongering of "ethics" in our hunting lifestyle. You can't watch a hunting show, read a hunting publication or hunting article, or listen to a so called hunting industry leader without hearing ethics this and ethics that repeated ad nauseum as if we were the most unethical element of society and had some serious explaining to do.
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Nothing could be further from the truth. Nobody is questioning our ethics except the lunatic fringe within our ranks who are afraid of their own shadow or all out loonies who think venison is unethical. Ignore them.
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When was the last time you heard ethics mentioned in NASCAR? NFL? Hollywood? NHL? MLB? Golf? Banking? Boating? Grocery industry? Auto industry? None of them ever mention it because there is no need to mention it. They are not afraid of their own shadows and have leadership and sophisticated representatives who know that they are ethical, are looked upon as ethical, and have absolutely no reason to ever bother defending their ethics.
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I for one have never killed a game animal out of season, in violation of any laws nor committed an unethical or disrespectful act while hunting in my life. I conduct myself with a conscientious demand to do the right thing, and have found throughout life, that often, the right and ethical thing is in total contrast with the letter of the law.
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Our world is so out of control with imbecilic, illogical, nonsensical rules, regulations and laws as to be laughable. America has more laws, regulations, rules and guidelines for every imaginable function and process than anywhere else in the world. I believe that most of these bureaucrat driven laws unto themselves, like the bureaucrats who forced them upon us, are in fact unethical.
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My governor shoots coyotes. What does yours do? I am certain it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the Austin, Texas city limits, but when a dangerous vermin confronts a jogger and his dog, the right thing to do is shoot the coyote dead. I'd love to hear the braindead, feeble argument against that. And then do a drug test on the arguer. Funny stupid.
I have broke numerous laws in my life, and I am damn proud I did so, and under thoughtful, demanding conditions, I will do so again, I assure you.
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For example, witnessing a tragic shooting accident many years ago, I broke the speed limit laws while transporting the injured individual to the nearest hospital at a high rate of speed, substantially beyond the posted speed limit. Was that unethical? Of course not. Life and death emergencies supersede arbitrary laws. Unless of course you are a clueless, irresponsible sheep and don't know the difference. My responsible, ethical decision saved the man's life. I did good.
I have on more than one occasion discovered wounded deer smashed by vehicles alongside hiways and roadways across America. In many of these instances, the thrashing, tortured animal was in the process of flopping its way back onto the traffic congested right of way while the deliriously inept civilians stood around gawking and whimpering, clueless as to what to do.
In each instance, I assessed the situation, created a safe environment, whipped out my 10mm and killed the deer, much to the shock and disbelief of the onlookers. By all intelligent considerations, I did the right thing. The law abiding folks were complicit in the development of a potentially unsafe, life threatening scenario. There are sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. I am a sheepdog.
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Over my 62 years of maximizing my time beyond the pavement where the critters roam, I have seen it all. Often I have come upon fawns and other critters that were seriously injured or sick, and obviously suffering and helpless. Even though it was not open season on the animal, and I did not have an authorized tag for these suffering creatures, I nonetheless dispatched them in a responsible, humane way to end their unnecessary suffering. Against the law, but indisputably ethical. I would love to hear Plan B as perceived by some PC goon. To walk away and allow the animal to suffer would surely be unethical and heartless.--
I will tell you what's unethical; Sunday hunting bans in 11 states are unethical.
Wasting gobs of tax dollars every year in numerous states by killing bears all year with bait and hounds by government hunters while forbidding we the people to hunt bears in the spring or with bait and hounds is not only unethical and antiuAmerican, its insane.
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The bizarre practice of wasting more tax dollars hiring so called "sharpshooters" to slaughter deer and elk and other game in areas where we the people own the animals and ground they are found on but forbidden to hunt is berserk unethical.
A 77 year old law limiting migratory bird guns to three shells is unethical, illogical and nonsensical as it serves the single purpose of harassing hunters. There are baglimits based on scientific sustain yield harvest realities, not ammo consumption.
In states like MI and IA where they have many times more doves than they do pheasants, it is legal to hunt pheasants but not legal to hunt the more abundant and prolific doves. That is unethical and stupid.
To sit back and allow the overpopulation of wolves to destroy big game populations across the west and still lie that they are endangered is unethical, irresponsible and a crime against nature. The soulless bureaucrats that support such engineered waste are corrupt and unethical, and must be replaced ASAP.
To prosecute a rancher for killing a livestock destroying grizzly bear in self defense is unethical.
The enforcement of such laws is unethical and those wildlife biologists who know better but do nothing to right these wrongs are unethical.
They are sheep. Maybe even wolves.
As great an organization as they are, the Texas Parks and Wildlife's hypocritical law that says deer within a private high fenced property still belong to the state, even though the land owners have receipts for purchase of said deer, and yet still are forbidden to release them from the enclosure is all unethical and impossible to explain in logical terms. By all logic and sanity, you cannot have it both ways. Considering basic private property rights and trespass laws, there is no way the state should have any say whatsoever in managing animals on enclosed private property once the landowner has purchased them. And if the deer belong to the state, then surely a landowner can set them free back onto state ground and not control them in an enclosure. Ya think. Pick one.
Is it unethical to have your bow out of its case in MI, WI, PA, OH, IN, NY, MN, and other states? A bowcase is an ethical consideration to anyone? Is it unethical to lean your rifle against the tire of your truck? Of course not, but soulless bureaucrats and robotic game cops and thought challenged fellow hunters will try to tell you otherwise. These absurd laws are seriously hurting hunting, halting recruitment and causing attrition in our essential conservation lifestyle. Inexcusable. That's unethical.
I could go on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. These bad laws and the bureaucrats that make them have got to go ASAP.
We must all do our very best to obey all laws and regulations to the best of our abilities. But the real battlecry in the corrupt, power abusing Obama America today should be upgrade, logic, reason, common sense and accountability. God forbid huh.
An honest review of gamelaws and regulations is long overdue, and until we eliminate all such absurdity from our law books, there is no way we can possibly accomplish the goal of retention and recruitment into our beloved hunting lifestyle. The land mine field of confusing, arbitrary, unreasonable and counterproductive laws that have nothing to do with wildlife management or safety must be gutted and cleaned out, and the outdoors community, if honestly committed to recruitment and conservation, should be leading the charge and demanding it.
We all know that lying is a sin. But when the Nazis ask if there are any Jewish children hiding in our basement, I pray we would all know exactly what the ethical response should be, even from bureaucrats.
so id say great article,,,, rock-on !!!!! thats my opinion--- so be it ,, aint gunna change it !!!! to each his own we are still free in the usa !!!!!