I'm just personally against hunting. Period. I think a lot of other people are too, in our wonderful liberal state. I praise WDFW working against people who hunt illegally - they do amazing work. My point is mute because I'm in a hunting section, your right, but killing an elk is something I could never do...an 8" trout -- well, common, we could draw moral equivalncies all day long. However, I respect your points and respect those that hunt big game. Just not something I'd do.
That's cool, and I respect the fact that you are allowed to have your opinion. I'm having trouble following the logic of it though.... Earlier you mentioned that you wanted to see some "big bows or lingcod," nothing about 8 inch trout, so your moral equivalencies comment falls a bit short there. A trophy ling cod could be decades old, but your right, moral equivalencies are not rooted in any sort of fact, so no sense trying to come up with a definition. How does being a liberal pit you against hunting? I'm a very liberal person (that's what happens when you grow up with a single parent mom who's a teacher, and then wind up as an English major after college), but I'm happy that when I can put things like politics down, fishing and hunting can provide the means to escape to what it's really all about. And how can you have the moniker of "Cutthroat Killer," concede to the fact that the killing of fish is okay and that you enjoy it
, yet preach againts the killing of another kind of game which provides the same outlet/enjoyment/activity that fishing does?
If hunting is something that you personally "could never do," that's fine and I respect your decision to not do so. But being "against hunting," and proclaiming that it is "really wrong," is quite selfish, and frankly holds no weight in any sort of debate on the subject. Maybe I'm misinterpreting your attitudes toward hunting, as you did say in your last post that you do respect those that hunt. Sorry if that's the case.
Through the history of man, humans have hunted animals for food, clothes, and trophy. To end that tradition would be a sad thing - Indeed we would not be where we are today if mankind never learned the difficult and exciting skill of hunting. And if the ish really hits the fan in this country, knowing how to hunt, gut, skin, and butcher an animal just may save your own hide (PUN intended). I realize that might seem like a bit of a stretch at the present time.
I also just wanted to touch on the humane aspect for a sentence or two. How is it inhumane to kill a deer (or elk, or whatever)? More often than not, the animal wins. How does the saying go? That's why they call it fishing, not catching? Well the same applies for hunting if not more so. They don't call it hunting for nothing. And I'm not talking about the ranches where they "grow" deer, that's not hunting and I completely agree any gripe with that BS. A responsible hunter will waste almost nothing from an animal. A pelt, a mount, MEAT for their family, etc. I know I mentioned this in my last post, but that is so much more responsible than any grocery store does or could ever try to do.
All that being said, I'm not a hunter. I have never killed a deer or duck, but I respect the sport and would love to be able to do it some day. Geez, just realized how long-winded that got. Sorry.