Deano: The poster in question WAS comparing the restrictions of wild hunting to paying $$$ to shoot a farm raised penned deer. The opinion was to the effect of, "why is this wrong, while this is right?", to which my response was that you can't compare one to the other, because one is the hunting of wild, free ranging game, while the other is paid shooting of penned livestock.
And like I said, I don't really care if cameras are legal or illegal. It makes no difference to me, as I don't use them. And no, not everyone who uses them is devoid of woodsmanship skills. But there ARE many who use these gadgets, AND who know only hunting over bait, who couldn't find a deer trail if it had blinking strobe lights on it, no less being able to tell the difference between a white and red oak. The sad truth is that too many hunters, "don't know what they don't know". I see it all the time, even with the guys I have in my deer camp group! They are great guys, and they've shot their share of deer, but as woodsman, they are IGNORANT.
I don't know, maybe it's because I've been around this stuff my whole life, and my educational and work experience is in the natural world involving plants and soils, and I learned my initial woods skills by being a trapper....which DEMANDS that you learn those skills on a very advanced level....but the ignorance of the most BASIC woods skills by many of the hunters I see is sad. And I guess it's me, but what is the point of going goofy over a photo that you didn't even take yourself??? I KNOW the deer and other animals are in the woods. I don't have to SEE them to know that. If I were to use a camera and actually HUNT for my photo, now that would mean something. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. I experienced it. The photo of that event is merely a keepsake of that moment in time...a "trophy" if you will. I just don't see the point of a "remote control" photo. If you need that to tell you that there are deer in the area, then you are SORELY lacking in woodsmanship skills!
But ultimately, this is only my opinion. I just hope that some heed part of what I'm trying to get across, as the result will be that you may begin to see and learn more about the woods you think you know so well. I learn something new everytime I go in the woods.
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