shaman wrote:I don't want to excuse Mark's behavior-- quite to the contrary.
However, I'd ask that y'all step back a bit and look at this in context. This sport demands performance if you are going to be any kind of authority. Mark needs to fill tags with big bucks otherwise no one will pay attention to him. The result is that there is a constant pressure to bring in big bucks. Some of us get lucky. Some of us succumb to the pressure.
Look, I'm not trying to excuse him, but once a guy like him or me tries to put themselves out there as somewhat of an authority, no one reading our stuff wants to hear about the little forkers or the buttons. That's a shame. In fact some of my best stories came from hunts that involved nothing more than a missed shot on a doe. I have had good and bad years. Two seasons ago I scratched-- first time in 12 years. I don't make a living off my outdoor writing, but even I was feeling the heat this year. It definitely influenced my choice to shoot on the Opener. Once you start trying to make a serious dime off this sport there is going to be heat.
I don't think many of us are all that concerned about how or why he "went bad". And at least to me, the hypocrisy is his biggest flaw. And the pressure doesn't make you more prone to hypocrisy. The hypocrisy stems from the need to elevate your own "accomplishments" by belittling the accomplishments of others.
And that's a particularly pitiful trait. I pity Marc. And I don't necessarily think he's beyond repair. He could very easily admit wrong, take the high road and quit denigrating hunters who hunt differently, and embrace all hunters. That, proven over time, would put me squarely in his corner.
And ditto to bighorse's post.
I'd rather be a fencepost in Texas than king of the world.