ORIGINAL: Fan Club
Some great points made and still a great thread. I'll bet some of us are closer to agreeing on this than one would think. I've been on the T&TH forum since it's inception and there's a perennial debate over there that parallels this one-
What some would call "elitists" or "purists" think the only ethical way to harvest a turkey is to call one in. Those that use decoys, pop up blinds or any form of ambush are termed cheaters or unethical. I'm squarely on the side of pro choice and believe folks should be able to hunt turkeys any way they want as long as it's legal. It's hard enough as it is without applying restrictions.
I believe folks should also be able to hunt deer as they want as long as it's legal. I'm sure this debate has been waged here long before I arrived and as Woods Walker confessed, he has a bitter taste in his mouth over it.
What I take exception to is this-
> How could ANYONE but an antler Nazi, begrudge any hunter, especially a young first timer, with a once in a lifetime occurance like this young lady had? <
That's an "emotional term" if I've ever heard one. Most of those that posted didn't crucify the young hunter, they merely indicated that they probably wouldn't have done the same or instructed their child to do it. No one deserves to be called a name or be corralled into a group because they posted their opinion. I've been here less than a week and it's already happened to me.
We went through a tough stretch at T&TH where many new forum members were run off by a small group of purists who had "a bad taste in their mouths," a lot of hostility and made thoughtless posts that bordered pointed attacks.. I hope to be able to contribute here without being called names or herded into some group that existed before I arrived. Please give that some thought. Thanks.
Excellent post Fan Club! Good to see you here, by the way.
All in all, we are a pretty civil bunch around here. There is, however, a short list of topics that do seem to bring out the fangs in some us us. I will attempt to list them, in order to assist you in your travels here.
-Hunting with dogs
-Scent control products
-UV blocking products
-Adds with big boobs
-Bottling your own urine
-Taking tasteful photographs
-Apologizing for the deer we shoot
-Cell phone/electronics usage
Ah yeah, I think that's about it. Stay clear of these topics and you'll be fine.
Seriously, it's good to have you. Keep the intelligent comments coming!