Clearly, I don`t agree with nugent on his, so called ethics. I never had any use for the guy even before he was an arrested poacher.
As to the Indiana DNR game laws, yes, I do believe they`re ethical, they don`t allow baiting, they prohibit the shooting into a squirrels nest for example, (and yes, I`ve heard some talk about having done that), and I believe that overall, our state has a good handle on ethics while in the field.
By your last question, should hunters need to point out their ethical behavior, I`m guessing you mean, should we as hunters, need, to discuss ethics......after hearing some of the defiant posts here, and especially after having had to listen to the mindless nugent rants for years, it`s painfully obvious that yes, we do need to discuss ethics. As a group, hunters need to police their own, as well as our publications.....D&DH has had a video of someone shooting at a deer at 1000 yards.......extremely unethical.........D&DH has nugent as a writer regularly..........since he now has a record as a game violator, I believe it`s not in the best interests of hunting to have anyone who so obviously disregards game laws, to be a contributor in such an, otherwise, fine, hunting magazine.
I`m picky about who I hunt with. My buddy and I take a lot of pride in making, mostly one-shot-kills. None of that, shooting until the smoking gun is empty crap. We know what time legal shooting time begins and ends, and we just won`t shoot one minute before, or after. I never have to worry about looking down the muzzle of my buddy`s gun, and the same for him. I`m also picky about where I spend my money. I only subscribe to magazines that reflect my values and ethics; that includes the people they print on the inside of that magazine.
Ethics are vital to everything we do, and they`re critical in every aspect of life. They`re even moreso when we`re participating in the taking of a wild animals life, as that`s what defines exactly who and what we are, and not just while we`re afield. If a guy will shoot early just to get his venison, I have no idea what else he`s likely capable of, but I won`t trust my back to him. Same with who I allow to speak for me, or represent me. I want someone who carry`s himself with dignity, and speaks with an air of calm and reason. Someone who doesn`t go out of their way to offend, but, still, doesn`t back down a bit, in defending my lifestyle. It isn`t simply the message, it`s the delivery as well, and it`s the image.
I just don`t trust anyone who tells me, to just look the other way, don`t worry about what the next guy is doing, and implys that, by me doing what comes naturaly to me, insisting on a solid code of ethics, that I`m somehow part of the problem.
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