Originally Posted by orkan
Actually, we're judging him from behind our keyboards as well. Everyone judges everyone else. I don't have a problem with that. What matters is that he's judging someone, and then clearly wants to keep them from doing something as a result of that judgement.
Forming an opinion about something isn't wrong. In fact, its very American and should continue. Acting on that opinion to restrict someone else, well that's not in the best interest of the sport. Not even a little bit. Especially when that restriction is being encouraged from within the shooting community, targeted at other shooters. What's worse yet is a knee-jerk reaction to emerging technologies without understanding in the slightest what they are truly capable of.
Really, it boils down to people wanting others to travel the hard road they traveled in the past for no other reason than they had to travel it. That, combined with a bit of ego in that it's nice to be one of the few that can effectively shoot at long ranges consistently. This happens with every advancement in technology, and in every field... not just shooting.
The main thing that is in the best interests of the sport is to ensure we don't do things or use things that gives the anti's new ammo to use against us.
I never even heard the term "fair chase" until the whole canned hunt thing blew up on the TV gotcha shows.
The entire sport of hunting to a whole new generation that might someday join us in the field was suddenly something to be shunned because that is what that whole generation knew of hunting. They had no other experience.
I can easily see this system selling well with the same class of folks that could afford to spend fifty grand on a canned hunt fly in, turn it loose, shoot the pet water buffalo or leopard raised in someone's backyard as a pet, fly out, and then brag about being the great white hunter.
It was only a few years ago that robotic hunting became possible, something that would have been a godsend to para and quadriplegics but it too got the same kind of press for the same reason and "poof" it was quickly outlawed for the lack of fair chase as well.
We have an ever dwindling number of hunters in this country as a percentage of the population and such technological leaps in hunting tech, give the entire sport bad press and cost us more potential comrades protecting our sport and handing it down to the next generation.
This bears thought, not condemnation of any opinion we don't share because it very well could produce very negative attention and a nasty backlash.
I know if I sat on our state's game commission and this came up for discussion my first instinct would be to make it not legal for hunting game animals except for the disabled and we'd start the discussion there.
I'd not sneeze at it though for being legal for taking non game animals, nuisance, and predators.