While reading the article I was initially offended to find the author describe my methods of hunting as 'shooting', and not 'hunting'. I initially disagreed and still disagree with that characterization.
But by the time I finished the article, I concluded that the author is not anti-long rang hunting. I think his definitions of hunting and shooting have simply been refined in his mind to mean something different to him than what they mean to me, or most other long range hunters.
All firearm and archery hunting requires shooting, and I can't bring myself to separate the two with any refinement of definitions of 'hunting' versus 'shooting' while hunting.
When I set up for long range hunting, I still use the author's 'hunting' skills to select locations, times, and methods that increase the opportunities for killing the prey I'm hunting. Wind direction, the habits of the prey, and other 'hunting' skills are actively employed to maximize the opportunity for a shot. Where I differ with the author is that if I hunt effectively and efficiently, I'm then more likely to reach the 'shooting' stage of 'hunting'. Shooting is what successful hunting leads to and is innate to the hunt... In my mind, 'shooting' while hunting is 'hunting'.
This author attempts to separate 'shooting' at prey from 'hunting' and I just disagree with this use and characterization of the two terms.
Last edited by phorwath; 01-26-2008 at 10:01 PM.