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  • johnnyrichards
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    I took a Black Hills buck one year. I was hiding behind a berm, upwind from a watering hole I knew the deer frequented. I large buck came down, facing directly at me. About 6 x 5 is what I counted, nice spread. I drew a bead in the middle of his chest, had his heart in my cross-hairs - and when I committed to the trigger squeeze he dropped his head to drink and I blew the top of his head off. Quickest, cleanest kill I ever managed - yet all my friends could talk about was what a waste of a mountable rack :rolleyes:

    That depressed me almost as much as friend who unloaded five shells from his semi-auto shotgun to kill one pheasant. Inedible, but I suppose it made him feel good about himself.

    Another friend of mine uses an AK-47 to go deer hunting. Another guy I know runs them down with his four wheeler before shooting them. I was given a deer by a friend who wasn't interested in the meat - I counted seven bullet holes in the dam thing, and managed to get about 25lbs of usable meat off of it.

    These guys are still my friends, and they know what I think of their methods and why I no longer hunt with them. We are friends for other reasons.

    Some of the things I have seen out fishing are depressing, too. It is illegal in most of this state to use electricity, explosives, nets, jug lines and trot lines. One afternoon, my friend and I were lazily catfishing on a local river and witnessed two men in a boat dropping jug lines about every 5 feet on every cut bank and snag. We were in a boat and slowly followed them, pulling every one of those juglines. When they saw us doing it, they brandished a firearm at us, so we stopped of course. We contacted GF&P, and found out they had them under aerial surveillance that day so they got busted - how many don't? We don't have the fish growing seasons here to support that kind of fishing. Those men did not care, and probably felt like their rights were trampled.

    Poaching also leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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  • LITTLEME60
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    Almost as good as shooting fish in a barrel. I can feel my testosterone rising already.

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  • LongHorn64
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    Originally posted by filmslayer View Post
    i was taught to hunt by my father , grandfather and uncles from my earliest memories ... they are lessons i cherish . always ate what was killed and never killed anything just cause ... for my 12th birthday i received a 12ga. shotgun as i've been taught to handle high powered weapons since the age of 8 . i've killed several deer , rabbit and game birds . that said , i no longer hunt . sitting in my blind i saw the most beautiful 14 point buck one could imagine . first at about 80 yards , by the time i said boo and scared it away he was less than 20 . i just couldn't pull the trigger and haven't killed anything since ...
    filmslayer, that's a great story. I was about twelve down in Texas on my first real MANS with my Dad, my Uncle, cousin, etc. Out comes this HUGE Muley, and I mean Texas size. My first shot took off his right antler right at the base, certainly not what I had intended. We musta' chased him for a good couple of miles, in Hill Country mind you. I had the job of finishing him off and have never hunted again. I do still like to fish though, and just plain old birdwatching is pretty cool around here. All the best, Mike

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  • Paul K.
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    Good for you. There's not much that upsets and angers me more than to see a photo of a smiling teenager holding a gun and kneeling on the ground next to a beautiful deer he/she just killed.
    Paul

    Originally posted by filmslayer View Post
    i was taught to hunt by my father , grandfather and uncles from my earliest memories ... they are lessons i cherish . always ate what was killed and never killed anything just cause ... for my 12th birthday i received a 12ga. shotgun as i've been taught to handle high powered weapons since the age of 8 . i've killed several deer , rabbit and game birds . that said , i no longer hunt . sitting in my blind i saw the most beautiful 14 point buck one could imagine . first at about 80 yards , by the time i said boo and scared it away he was less than 20 . i just couldn't pull the trigger and haven't killed anything since ...

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  • winslow
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    You guys must have some crazy bass boats up there...lol. The largest engine I have seen down here is 300hp, and tournament boats are limited to 250.

    But I get the exaggeration...lol.

    Originally posted by martyh View Post
    Camera's to find fish under the ice, 1550 hp engines to get your $60k bass boat around the lake, rifles in pink to attract girls. It stopped being a sport and family event about the same time it became a profit center.

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  • filmslayer
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    i was taught to hunt by my father , grandfather and uncles from my earliest memories ... they are lessons i cherish . always ate what was killed and never killed anything just cause ... for my 12th birthday i received a 12ga. shotgun as i've been taught to handle high powered weapons since the age of 8 . i've killed several deer , rabbit and game birds . that said , i no longer hunt . sitting in my blind i saw the most beautiful 14 point buck one could imagine . first at about 80 yards , by the time i said boo and scared it away he was less than 20 . i just couldn't pull the trigger and haven't killed anything since ...

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  • Paul K.
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    In high school I killed a bird with a 22 rifle while out "hunting" with a friend on his grandfather's farm. When I saw the bird dead on the ground I was saddened and ashamed. I'm a meat eater but that's the first and last time I killed a living creature for "sport".
    Paul

    Originally posted by johnnyrichards View Post
    I grew up in hunting country - deer, pheasant, waterfowl, etc. I was raised not to take the shot unless it is a killing shot. You eat what you kill, and you respect the life of the animal.

    The words "sport hunting" leaves a bad taste in my mouth - if we shot dogs for the same reasons we shoot deer, we would be arrested. Waste of a life when killing for pleasure.

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  • Tin_Ears
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    I'm okay with hunting too... provided the hunter has trained himself/herself and won't take the shot unless he's sure he can make a quick kill. Hunting is far better than what our slaughterhouses do... if the hunter is any good and has a heart.

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  • Squidspeak
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    I have no issue with hunting, if it actually is hunting. When I see hunting on a "game farm" or preserve it turns my stomach. How can someone enjoy a "canned hunt". Take the
    rich guy out, let the animal out of the pen and he has his trophy. Takes a lot of skill to get your kill. I don't hunt, but I eat venison that my friends using bow or shotgun in N.J.
    are allowed to hunt.

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  • Tin_Ears
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    Originally posted by johnnyrichards View Post
    I grew up in hunting country - deer, pheasant, waterfowl, etc. I was raised not to take the shot unless it is a killing shot. You eat what you kill, and you respect the life of the animal.

    The words "sport hunting" leaves a bad taste in my mouth - if we shot dogs for the same reasons we shoot deer, we would be arrested. Waste of a life when killing for pleasure.
    +10000000000000

    I recently found a nice buck on my property... dead from a gut-shot. It was a complete waste of a life and no telling how long it suffered before it finally died. Pi$$ed me off to no end.

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  • johnnyrichards
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    I grew up in hunting country - deer, pheasant, waterfowl, etc. I was raised not to take the shot unless it is a killing shot. You eat what you kill, and you respect the life of the animal.

    The words "sport hunting" leaves a bad taste in my mouth - if we shot dogs for the same reasons we shoot deer, we would be arrested. Waste of a life when killing for pleasure.

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  • killa
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    There is a guy at my work that sets up all kinds of stuff to figure out where the game is. Thing is, he just ends up scaring the animals lol.

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  • killa
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    Originally posted by Tin_Ears View Post
    It's about GETTING AWAY FROM THE MISSES!! How else do we re-acquire our manhood??
    By getting with the misses :D

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  • cmac
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    Are speakers and amplifiers a for profit endeavor for the vendors? Why not firearms and boats?

    If it's about killing animals or killing them in an "unsportsmanlike-like" way......what did you have for dinner last night? Did someone profit from it?

    I may actually agree to a point but sometimes it's difficult to be logically consistent.

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  • martyh
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    There was a time when hunting was a rite of passage into manhood - fathers to sons. Today kids don't see it that way, it's just not relevant in their world. Knowing that hunting is a dying sport our State Legislature has taken upon themselves to do something about it....move the licensing age from 12 to 10. Yup, High Powered Rifles in the hands of 10 year old kids. I can't imagine putting a rifle in the hands of someone too small to handle a 29" baseball bat. FWIW, the Legislatures move accomplished nothing.

    Camera's to find fish under the ice, 1550 hp engines to get your $60k bass boat around the lake, rifles in pink to attract girls. It stopped being a sport and family event about the same time it became a profit center.

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