Question for you guys. I am not sure it would be accepted, nor do I feel I am an authority. But I am considering contacting B&C and offer to travel to their home office for a meeting with them. The purpose would be to re-write their stance on long range hunting with someone that is fully aware of the sport offering insight.
Am I crazy?
Do you feel it would be a waste of time?
Do they prefer not to hear it?
Please give me your honest feedback. Then I will decide if I would even want to. I would only do this for proper representation of the high regards for the game we hunt that we all truly share.
I've been mulling over this whole think quite a bit since I've been sitting around a lot with the new little guy, and I have come to think that there are two ways to deal with this. One is to remain publicly out of the ethics discussion or two, go in and work our butts of to educate people who are completely ignorant of our way of hunting.
I honestly think that we are now at a turning point, we have, as a general rule just stayed out of ethical debate but I think now we need to become fully engaged in it or see groups like B@C who in reality have some pull at the state level in laws and on the public level of preserving hunting at the polls!
I also think that as the non hunting public looks at hunting they look at the "hunt" and want to see three things, a fair chase, a clean kill and they want to see that we respect the animal enough to do every thing we can to utilize it beyond just the trophy aspect.
We know the we hunt hard for that one shot on that one animal and fair chase is alive in our hunting, we excel in taking game cleanly and it is a driving force behind long range hunting and I think B@C would really benefit from us in this especially when you watch hunting shows with them following up "thinking" they put a good shot on. Finally I would really like them to understand that almost every hunting show out there will at some point show animals getting recovers a day or more later because they are unsure of the shot, we all know that animal has zero meat value and was wasted and I'm sure at some level the general public gets that also, I have found that taking game at range allows me to see that animal after the shot and recovery has been a cinch, I have not spent a single hour looking for a downed animal at long range and I've not lost any meat because of long range hunting.
I think we get involved with these groups or we let them set the political and public view on ethical hunting without us and we become the scape goat for all slob hunting!