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post #33 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2007, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceBruce1959 View Post
Onehorse, If the hunters are paying to hunt on lands where the Deer are living freely without fences and NOT being fed, then yes I would say any one of those deer from those areas should be allowed, BUT for the life of me I don't know why anyone would pay to hunt Deer that way.
Bruce, I just re-read one of my favorite books about hunter ethics, Beyond Fair Chase, by Jim Posewitz. In his chapter about trophy hunting he says that unless the animal is availble to everyone - NOT in an area that's reserved for priveliged (paying) hunters, the animal should not be considered a trophy. I guess he believes that even if there are no high fences or artcificial antler growth supplements (including feed plots for the purpose of attracting deer), everyone needs to have a fair chance to harvest the animal before anyone can claim it as a trophy. Makes sense to me. What do you think?
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