rthomas4 wrote:Bighorn, I know exactly what you mean. I have been told that I'm not a hunter because I hunt deer with dogs and a shotgun loaded with buckshot, and I also hunt out of tree stands and shooting towers or shooting houses over food plots and corn, with a high powered rifle. As I've often explained, bait is in the eye of the beholder. Hunting the rut and using doe scent is baiting, hunting over acorns and other mast crops is baiting. altering a forest in any way is baiting, hunting ridge lines or fence rows and taking advantage of travel routes is baiting.
I see it this way, we are all hunters, and geography or laws make our methods different. Down here, it's impossible to spot and stalk through 4 to 6 feet of water in the swamps, and baiting or running dogs is the only method that allows us to even see a deer, much less kill one. If certain folks can only hunt with a muzzle loader in their state, and public land is their only option, then their perception of hunting is going to be much different from mine. We are all members of the same brotherhood, and whether one person's way is distinctly different than another's, it's still hunting. We need to present a united front against the anti-hunting segment, instead of bickering and pointing accusatory fingers at those who do something differently than ourselves.
If you want to watch a hunting program that is completely unscripted and not pre arranged, I suggest watching 'Own Your Own Adventures" with Randy Newburg, or watch Roger Raglin's show.. I know Roger's hunts may be edited for time restraints, but he has hunted here in SC with a couple of people that I know, and none of it was staged or edited to make the hunts appear to be anything other than what was shown on television.
rthomas4 wrote:Yep, and the folks who claim that just "being in the outdoors" is gratification, they don't "have to kill anything to enjoy the hunting experience". Bull sh*t!!!! If that's truly the case, why not just go out with a pair of binoculars and watch the songbirds, instead of actually taking a gun or bow!!!!!!! I hunt because I want to kill something, not to breath the fresh air, and fall asleep. To me a day of hunting without an opportunity to shoot something is a day of wasted energy. I at least want to see something even if I decline to shoot it!!!!!!!!!
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