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Old 10-09-2008, 12:10   #1
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Bizarre anti-hunting article

I know this forum is more for practical information, but it seemed to be the most on topic. I like the "How Stuff Works" website for its educational and how to articles. Then I ran across this piece of work.

"Is Knife Hunting the Fairest Way to Hunt?" by Josh Clark

This nutjob thinks that, because there were 4 people mistakenly killed by hunters in 2007, hunters should stop using tree stands, camouflage, scopes, and-are you ready for this?-guns.

He then misinterprets the principle of fair chase to mean hunters should eschew all advantages and go perhaps literally mano-a-mano with wild creatures. I thought fair chase meant hunters shouldn't use overly unfair advantages, such as explosives or some kinds of traps. Mr. Clark fails to note that the methods he espouses would actually be very painful and cruel to animals taken in these manners. More importantly, taking animals in these ways would lead to a lot more than four deaths a year. There is a small link just under the title to send feedback.

I had to write twice. Here's my second missive:
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Sorry, I had to write again to add:
Fair Chase is meant to prevent hunters from using incredibly disproportionate advantages such as, in most cases, helicopters, explosives, machine guns, and cruel traps. It's not meant literally, as in, no physical advantages whatsoever.
Knife hunting? Hand to hand combat with wildlife? This would not only kill more people, it would result in much crueler deaths for the animals.
Here is the link so you can let them know what you think. Make sure to copy your post before you submit as it sometimes doesn't work the first time:
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/fair-hunting.htm

And here's a couple of excerpts from the article:
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If you go out in the woods today, you'd better take our advice: Wear orange. This advice holds especially true during deer hunting season in autumn and winter. Few things can ruin a pleasant stroll in the woods than being mistaken for game by a hunter. And it happens -- in 2007, four people in the United States were shot to death by hunters who mistook them for deer [source: HIC].
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The more removed from his or her prey a hunter is, the less the principle of fair chase applies. Fair chase is the idea that a balance should be struck between the hunter's ability to kill prey and the prey's ability to escape [source: UDWR]. With the technology available to hunters, the optimal balance of fair play should actually be unbalanced, with the scales tilted in favor of the animal.

The easiest way to strike this imbalance is to eschew modern equipment. Shedding the camouflage, telescopic lenses -- and even guns -- decrease the likelihood of a hunter bagging his or her quarry.
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So is knife hunting the fairest way to hunt? This up-close-and-personal method certainly seems fairer than shooting an animal from a distance or over the Internet. Of course, one could argue that the only truly fair way to hunt it to use no technology at all. Taking down an animal with one's bare hands sounds fairest, especially if that animal can fight back.
There is the occasional good point, but it can't compensate for the sheer lunacy and contradictions in this article. Let them know what you think.
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Old 10-09-2008, 13:15   #2
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Did it ever occur to this fellow that virtually all game animals already have tremendous natural advantages over humans? They have much sharper senses, are more familiar with the territory, often have superior natural camouflage, can remain still for longer, are more agile, can run much faster, and are often significantly stronger. In fact, our only real advantage is our greatly superior intellect, of which guns, scopes, and cammo suits are a result. So what's wrong with using our one asset to our advantage?

In addition, the majority of human hunters are unsuccessful, which is additional evidence that modern hunting methods are far from unfair.
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Old 10-09-2008, 13:42   #3
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What can ya say, nutjobs everywhere. In their mind a slow and painful "killed with my bare hands" approach is better than a quick kill shot from a firearm or bow. Ya, that's the most humane way to do it alright .. crazies.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:46   #4
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maybe "fair chase" should extend to how this guy can spread his ideas. is a computer and the internet "unfair" to hunters and their way of life? to be fair, his ideas should only be spread by word of mouth. ha ha
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Old 10-12-2008, 18:08   #5
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Did it ever occur to this fellow that virtually all game animals already have tremendous natural advantages over humans? They have much sharper senses, are more familiar with the territory, often have superior natural camouflage, can remain still for longer, are more agile, can run much faster, and are often significantly stronger. In fact, our only real advantage is our greatly superior intellect, of which guns, scopes, and cammo suits are a result. So what's wrong with using our one asset to our advantage?

In addition, the majority of human hunters are unsuccessful, which is additional evidence that modern hunting methods are far from unfair.
ditto on all points


People like this should actually suit up and go and try it, before throwin their 2cts around. They have no actual experience and writes off-myths, story tales and what nots.
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