Monday, February 13, 2012 11:43 AM
I have seen a lot of comments on “fair chase”. I can’t help but feel that we might be taking that a little far.
In the wild, predators hunt the weak, tired and disadvantaged. This is the way it works. Shooting a tired buck is not even close to shooting a buck in a trap.
Besides, aren’t you hunting with a rifle? How is that “fair”. Are you using a scope? Tell me that isn’t an unfair advantage? I heard an anti-hunter once say, “if you wanted to make it fair you would go out with no clothes and no weapons and wrestle them to the ground.”
I personally feel that this is a ridiculous notion, but so is the idea that shooting a tired buck is “unfair”
If he is so exhausted that he can’t run away or collapses on the bank of the river, he won’t survive winter. So you could harvest him or let winter do it.
As a predator, I take every advantage I can get. (camo, scent killer, game calls, decoys, etc.) If you don’t want to shoot the buck then don’t. I only ask that you simply leave it as a matter of PREFERENCE (which it is) and not a matter of ETHICS (which it is not).