...but until it is law we have to be happy for them.
I have difficulty with this bit of logic. Maybe for a new hunter or a hunter who has not been successful, but not for the hunter who has been doing it for awhile.
To me this logic equates to saying, hey what the banks and mortgage companies were doing was legal, so let's be happy they helped wreck the economy. Or hey, what the oil companies and speculators were doing was legal so let's be happy we were paying $4 a gallon for gas.
Legal and right are two different things - and I don't have to be happy for them when what they are legally doing is not necessarily the right thing to do.
To begin with, I think we are closer on this topic than it would first appear. You and I deal with the same group of hunters surrounding our properties. I am no fan of the "brown is down" mentality and you know that.
What I am trying to say is that as long as a hunter stays on property he/she has permission to be on and hunts in a manner consistant with the game laws and landowner's directions then we should celebrate their efforts. Yes, that means being happy for them when the connect on any legal deer.
Who knows, maybe you can congatulate that hunter and offer to help them dress and drag their deer. Maybe you can share some stories or even show off some photos of the deer you have taken. Maybe they will ask how you have managed to shoot such nice bucks. Maybe you can tell them a little about aging deer and holding out. Maybe they will walk away thinking you are a decent guy and someone they may want to emulate. Maybe they can grow as hunters and still feel good about their experience. Either that or you can equate the deer they killed to ruining the economy and tell them to attend a seminar. Lots of ways to skin a cat.