How many hunters do we have?

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    Well, I chose a couple times a year, but to call it hunting is a stretch as I hardly ever need the rifle I'm carrying. I usually tell the wife that I'm going "gun-walking"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    I have the same atttude about hunting. Not trying to start a war, but I have never understood how killing innocent animals with high powered weapons is fun and can be considered "sport." I am particularly turned off by the typical picture of the hunter or hunters standing or kneeling behind the animal they just killed with a big grin on their faces.

    Now with that said, and although I would personally love it if everyone voluntarily gave up hunting, I fully understand that hunting is part of the culture in many parts of the country, and fully accept and support the right of those who wish to do so to continue to hunt.

    One other relevant point as it relates to the Second Amendment. It is a mistake to conclude that everyone who doesn't like hunting is necessarily anti-gun or anti Second Amendment.

    I have spoken to many people who carry and who are radical Second Amendment advocates, as I am, but who, like me, simply find hunting personally distasteful.
    I don't hunt for fun, although it is and/or can be(just the stalking aspect alone). I hunt for food. Food isn't cheap. Especially lately. I hit hard times last year for a while. I stayed afloat by spending the money I would have spent on meat at the grocery store on bills instead, and hunted for the meat to stock the freezer. Sorry I'm no cow. I can't live solely on grass forever.

    You won't find hunting so distasteful when it's keeping you alive.

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    Although, you have to look at what most folks call hunting these days. It usually consists of finding where the game trail usually runs, setting up a stand/blind/good hiding spot, and waiting for the game to come on along to you. Realizing that, that really isn't hunting. It's ambushing. Hunting would require you actually do some leg work and track it down on foot, etc...
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    I'm not hunting big game this year, but I will be afield with my shotgun for upland/migratory birds every chance I get!!
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    I use to hunt every weekend then I was permanently injured,if I can find someone to hunt with me and help me retrieve the game I will go hunting.In Texas I got a hunting and fishing license for everything free being a disabled vet
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    I'm going out this afternoon. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    I don't hunt for fun, although it is and/or can be(just the stalking aspect alone). I hunt for food. Food isn't cheap. Especially lately. I hit hard times last year for a while. I stayed afloat by spending the money I would have spent on meat at the grocery store on bills instead, and hunted for the meat to stock the freezer. Sorry I'm no cow. I can't live solely on grass forever.

    You won't find hunting so distasteful when it's keeping you alive.

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    and track it down on foot, etc...
    Packinnova, hunting for food is quite different and I have no problem with anyone who does so. I am sure that if I found it necessary, I too would hunt.
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    I no longer have a Bow and have never had a black powder gun, If I hunt it is for food, hide and bones (all parts are utilized if possible) I ysed to hunt year round with my Camera. I hunt and fish less now that I am older and it is harder to get around. In Washington we have a Large game license and a small game license. A person can buy both or one or the other. Small game is less strenuous to hunt. Now that I am alone I really don't need to put up a lot of meat and I hate wasting food. I don't kill to kill or for trophys, but just for survival, meaning if my life is in danger from an attack or if I need food.

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    Whats with the folks who say hunting is "distasteful" but have no problems going to the grocery and picking up a couple of chickens or steaks?

    All the hunters I know and hunt with are very aware and responsible about natures gifts. They all consider themselves as conservationists and they do more than any enviromentalists or non hunter/fisher to preserve nature.
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    As I am not legally allowed to hunt humans, I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    Haven't done much the last several years but I used to hunt all the time. Feral hogs (my favorite), deer, dove, varmints...you name it.
    Feral hogs your favorite? Does that include dressing them out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post

    All the hunters I know and hunt with are very aware and responsible about natures gifts. They all consider themselves as conservationists and they do more than any enviromentalists or non hunter/fisher to preserve nature.
    Those are the only people I hunt with ... they are called "Sportsmen". Its the sportsman that keeps hunting and fishing alive in America today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    I have the same atttude about hunting. Not trying to start a war, but I have never understood how killing innocent animals with high powered weapons is fun and can be considered "sport." I am particularly turned off by the typical picture of the hunter or hunters standing or kneeling behind the animal they just killed with a big grin on their faces.
    Ordinarily a male goes through several states in which his attitide is likely to change.

    Stage 1: First BB gun -- no sparrow should be left standing.

    Stage 2: First 22 -- graduated to rabbits, prairie dogs, etc. -- None should be left standing.

    Stage 3: First Shotgun -- no duck should be left in the air. Regretfully, few of the ducks are dressed out for eating.

    Stage 4: Higher Powered Rifle -- Deer and the like -- more discreet now because of enlightenment about conservation of wildlife. Cost of meat per pound is likely to be 20 times more per pound that store bought beef, but will brag about how tasty venison is.

    Stage 5: Military (for some) -- Live targets. See stage 1 for enemy subjects.

    Stage 6: Post Military/and or older -- more discreet now. For most males, they have quit killing animals just for the hell of it.

    Stage 7: May have drifted to shooting wildlife with cameras.

    Stage 8: Has shifted to abundant target shooting such as clay targets for shotgun, longer targets for rifle, and much closer targets for pistol.

    Stage 9: Reverts back to 3 and 4 to teach children and grandchildren, but hates to stand in a duck blind shivering at 5:00 a.m. in the morning.

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    cwblanco I've noticed those stages, and they fit pretty well and seem somewhat age-related.

    I remember stages 1-4 very well, though we did eat all our ducks. I think I'm somewhere in the 6,7,8, & 9 groups now.
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    I also wonder how the anti hunters think that something better is waiting for deer/game that hunters don't kill...as if being ripped apart by a mtn lion or pack of coyotes is a prettier/more suitable way to die. There are few peaceful deaths in nature.
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    There is only 2 classes Predator or prey.... just because you hunt in Wal-Mart grocery section doesn't change that!
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