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When isnt it hunting anymore ?

 
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:20 PM
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When isnt it hunting anymore ?

I read an interesting article in one of my hunting mags this month that claimed that with all the long range shooting going on its not hunting anymore its simply sniping. The author claimed that show like Best of the West, (which by the way I love) are causing hunters to take shots beyond their ability and beyond the range of their eq. to make clean kills. He says we no longer practice good hunting skills like stalking and stealth to enter into a closeness with the prey. While I found his article to be interesting I long for a chance to bust any big game at long range. I have grown tired of bow hunting and being limited to 200yd shoots with a muzzle loader. See here in Ohio we can only use rifles for varmits so we cant experience the rush of a long range perfectly placed shot. So I am going to ask and cant wait to hear the responses here. What do you think ? is it hunting or sniping ? Who cares ?

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Old 12-27-2009, 07:38 PM
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Re: When isnt it hunting anymore ?

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Who cares ?
Yes, it is a totally academic question of interest only to those who don't want to do it...but who do want to tell the rest of us how to get enjoyment out of life.

That's like prehistoric man saying that using a (very crude) bow and arrow is not hunting...only getting close enough to use a spear deserves to be called hunting.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:43 PM
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Re: When isnt it hunting anymore ?

Well this is just my thoughts but the answer is BOTH. It is hunting and sniping. First you have to hunt to locate the animal of choice until you find one worthy of being shot at. Once finding an animal you are no longer hunting because you found it. This is when you turn in to sniper and do what is necessary to make the shot no matter if it is 50 yards or 1000 yards. The only thing different is the person shooting 1000 yards must have a close relationship with his rifle and know everything about it. The person shooting 50 yards just needs to know how to point and pull. If you know your rifle then when you are taking that long shot its not if your going to hit it its where will i hit it at. I feel just as confident taking a 500 yard shot as i do a 100 yard shot because i know where it will hit on both. I think there are still a few closed minded individuals out there that dont like the sport of long range hunting and its surly not for everybody but i dont go around putting people down because they only shoot at deer inside 100 yards. To each his own. And to the arguement that they have about people just going out wounding deer trying to shoot long range. There are way way more deer wounded every year at the hands of a bowhunter than the long range shooter. Does that mean we should do away with bowhunting ( i sure hope not i love to bowhunt ) no we deal with it because it is a challenging sport. ok i am done going off now.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:51 PM
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Re: When isnt it hunting anymore ?

I believe the different strategies for hunting, are just that. Getting close enough to harvest an animal with bow, is nothing short of fantastic. Spending the time to perfect my equipment and shooting ability to take an antelope at 760yrds, awesome.

My opinion, it is all about the hunt, not the kill. If it is about the kill, then I hope it is because you need the meat. Anything else and I think you need to rethink why you hunt. If it is just to make things dead, stay home and smash ants in the driveway.

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:00 PM
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Re: When isnt it hunting anymore ?

You could argue that sitting in a tree stand next to a timed, automated feeder and shooting deer at 40-50 yards is not really hunting either.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:17 PM
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You could argue that sitting in a tree stand next to a timed, automated feeder and shooting deer at 40-50 yards is not really hunting either.
You could, but I won't. Hunting is hunting, and we all need to stick together. Now more than ever. I don't care if you want to drop spears out of trees, I want you to be able to do that as much as I want to hunt my way.

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:17 PM
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Re: When isnt it hunting anymore ?

I always wonder why people in life act in this manor. we all like to hunt and we all have an equal right to how we choose to hunt. Dodge, Chevy, Ford. there is always debate on what is best, but yet we all drive. some bow hunters even argue on whether it is right to use compound bows with all of the goodies on it or just using the plane old long bow. I love dodge trucks, compound bows. and longrange shooting and hunting. What does that say for me? Well I like trucks, I like bow shooting and I like guns, I guess you could call me an outdoorsman. I don't know how many times this year alone people I know wounded animals with a bow and arrow. it was awful. the problem was the lack of preperation and the inability to choose proper shots and distances. the problem is everywhere in every aspect of hunting, if you don't prepare you won't succeed whether you shoot short range or long range the outcome is the same. if you prepare to the best of your ability and use top notch gear, and common sence,well good things happen. I call it sniping and hunting and I love every bit of it. one thing is equal about every single one of us that hunt. We are outdoorsman and hunters and we should support our hunting community no matter what style of hunting is done. We need to worry more on who in this nation is trying to take our hunting privilages away and fight to the end rather than dog each other verbally and through magazine articles about our choices for hunting. there are bigger fish in the lake to fight with right now. lets make sure we fight the good fight.
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