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  •  My personal problem is that... (0+ / 0-)

    ... too many people seem to conflate reasonable gun control and anti hunting, both on the pro and anti sides.  These are really separate issues, and should be addressed separately.

    I have no problem with hunting per se.  I have a problem with trophy hunting, where all too frequently the trophy is taken and the rest of the animal is left to rot. I have a problem with "medicine hunters" (my phrase), who hunt bears for their gall bladders and leave the rest.  But if you ar e a responsible, respectful hunter, I do not have any problems with the hunters.

    A lot of people still hunt for subsistence in this country.  The supplemental food they get from deer, elk, or whatever is what allows these families to eat meat.  These folks also tend to use as much of the animal as they can - hide, hooves, bones and sinew.  I absolutely have nothing against this type of hunting.

    "[T]his is playing the long game, but it's about time we start playing the long game."
    ^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^

    by Laughing Vergil on Mon May 19, 2014 at 11:54:56 AM PDT

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    •  Kind of like telling a woman you are pro choice (0+ / 0-)

      in cases of rape or incest, but not if she got pregnant for other reasons, but you are pro choice.

      First what you describe as trophy hunting is against the law, at the least usable meat must be donated. Not only against the law but a felony.

      Almost everyone hunting has meat as one of their primary motivations, many supplement their grocery bill at least part of the year by hunting. Most humans have more than one motivation for any activity. Hunting for meat, trophy, conservation, socializing, is no different.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Tue May 20, 2014 at 02:57:47 AM PDT

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