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Any animals you won't kill?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by brigadier, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. xring44

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    There are few animals, resident to my state that I haven't at one time or another killed. I grew up in rural Arkansas, times were tuff, (50s) any game that I managed to kill was a welcome addition to the dinner table. I shot many skunks, the prime reason being that they were a prime carrer of rabies, and no, they were not included on the dinner table. Possums on the other hand were considered fairly good eat'n, raccoons on the other hand never agreed with me. Rabbits were delicious, as were squirrels, quail, soft shelled turtles, deer, ducks, geese, and the occasional dove. As the economy allowed, the hunting of necessity declined. I still love the hunt but the "need" to susceed has vanished. The areas I hunting in my youth are now shopping centers, manufacturing plants and communities.

    Hunting itself has changed dramaticly, corn feeders and food plots, scent-loc clothing and mechanical decoys, four wheelers and travel trailers have displaced wooden boats and a pair of oars, good ole shoe leather and britches that are no longer good enough for wearing to school constituted hunting wear. New fabric's that wicks away moisture, remain warm when wet and dry in minutes replaced two pairs of levis when it was bone chilling cold, lots of changes in the half century + that I have hunted.

    The question of what animal I would not kill, That goes to mans best friend, I just can't quite pull the trigger on a dog.
     
  2. ronwill

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    Sorry, but the killing of the remaining Passenger Pigeons by those who knew they were the last and the "train safari" bison hunts are historical fact. True hunters respect the land and all wildlife on it. They don't hunt for profit or simply to kill. Maybe I'm not stating my point correctly because I believe hunting strengthens game populations if done correctly. I still hunt wild hog and would still bird hunt if the area allowed it. The problem is most bird hunting around here now is reserve style hunts where the birds are released just prior to the hunt. I just don't believe that is true hunting.
     
  3. Art Eatman

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    Bison and passenger pigeons are bad examples. They were not "hunted" in the 20th Century usage of that word.

    The train-hunts were more common in the earlier times, just because of the large numbers. The demise in large part resulted from offical US government policy, to destroy the commissary of the Plains Indians. Add in, then, the commercial hide hunters; buffalo robes and coats for the eastern US and European markets.

    The passenger pigeon's natural mortality rate was very high, which meant very large breeding populations were mandatory for continuation of the species. The harvest for restaurants and for homes reduced the population below a level sufficient for the species to survive. And it was indeed "harvest". Night time capture by the hundreds, from roosts.

    FWIW: Even today, the natural mortality rate for dove and quail approaches 80%.
     
  4. eliphalet

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    Thank you for informing us all what a "true" hunter is or was over 100 years ago. I kinda think a "true hunter" definition is a matter of opinion and that one seems a somewhat narrow definition to me.

    Get yourself a copy of a book titled "Hunter" by a fella named J. A. Hunter. Of his experiences in Africa in the first half of the last century. Read it, then tell me he wasn't a "true" hunter. Different times and places tend to change one's out look on things.
     
  5. brigadier

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    From a natural point of view, he is actually pretty close to the point. When he speaks of a true hunter, he is defining the difference between someone who understands the nature of the sport, keeps good balance in the practice and respect for wild life VS guys like Elmer Fudd.
     
  6. ronwill

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    Thanks Brigadier, exactly what I was trying to say. Most hunters today follow that simple principle but there are a few who don't.
     
  7. McCall911

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    Yes. Cats, both big and small! I love those creatures! Admire their prowess. Respect them greatly.

    Would I defend myself against a big cat? Sure, but I'm told that by the time you see them, it's generally about too late!
     
  8. ranger335v

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    Cape buffalo. Them buggers are MEAN!
     
  9. G17Steve

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    Bear,Cats(large and small),Birds of prey (Owl, hawk,ect)Aligator,I try not to kill sankes but sometimes have to.

    Mind you if left with no other option I would shoot a bear or gator but only to defend myself or another.
     
  10. airman

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    You must never ate bear meat before. I hunt and enjoy killing anything in season. I eat all game animals i kill. I do not eat non game animals,such as the name. These animals are non game mostly to help with population control. I like to help out ranchers all i can by knocking down yote's, ground squirrels, and Farrel cats. If i can help with taking care of these animals, i'm always there with a smile!
     
  11. Rugerlvr

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    I don't find big game all that appealing. Deer, Elk, etc. I would gladly shoot nuisance varmints, and I'd like to go pheasant hunting someday. Other than that, I avoid shooting anything living.
     
  12. leathermanwave

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    I won't shoot bald eagles, whooping cranes, and spotted owls.:)
     
  13. Vern Humphrey

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    Man, you're missing some good eating!:p
     
  14. eliphalet

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    Never ceases to amaze me the fella's that come to hunting forums and impose their personal or "what we have read" code of ethics, which if you do not fit into close enough to suit them, your not a "true" hunter and fit into a slob or Fudd category or some other such nonsense.

    We hunt because we love it, not necessarily for food, to remove vermin, or to please anyone, but for the hunt itself, which if you don't understand I am in no way able to describe it for you, and doubt you'd understand anyway.
     
  15. btucker1947

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    I wouldn't shoot a Sasquatch because I'd be afraid of being charged with murder when

    McGunner nobody can beat that one LOLO:D

    Back to the subject , rabbits , squirrel , Oh yea fried in the pan UMMM
    Deer , but the same as everyone else . If I shoot it I eat it.

    No killing just for the sake of killin. I let a cougar go, because I didn't know how to cook it.
     
  16. freakshow10mm

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    I mostly kill for meat. Certain animals simply get shot on site, such as coyotes and fox. Especially coyotes. I absolutely hate coyotes and kill one every chance I get.
     
  17. Flyin Ashtrays

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    only a non-attacking dog. and if i ever get that Sabre-toothed Jackalope in my sights...:scrutiny:
     
  18. ronwill

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    I couldn't agree with you more, you should hunt for the love of it. I thoroughly enjoy wild hog hunting. Tracking, locating and making the kill is something I believe is part of what we are. I also believe we shouldn't forget to respect the wildlife and the land.
     
  19. clemsonu0219

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    no humans...
     
  20. stevereno1

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    I wouldn't hunt a bear. I'd kill a bear if I had to, but I wouldn't hunt one. I also let won't kill bobcats or foxes. My personal preferrance.
     
  21. ExSoldier

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    I'll kill anything in defense of myself or my loved ones. But I won't hunt any animal that I can't make a tasty meal of.

    As Ted Nugent says: Gotta kill it to grill it!
     
  22. jimbob86

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    I grew up on a small farm, and was brought up to kill any animal that was a pest- if it competed with man for food or territory, it was THE ENEMY. Coyotes, coons, rattlesnakes, rabbits, crows, grackles, house sparrows, woodpeckers...... bullsnakes were not killed unless you actually caught them eating eggs, as they did a better job controlling rattlesnakes than we did..... song birds were off limits, and kingbirds and barnswallows were seen as allies, as well.
     
  23. esq_stu

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    I do not hunt. If survival is at stake, I'll kill for food to survive and the main criterion will be safety (my health), economics, and convenience. Cuteness is not a factor.

    If survival or safety is not at stake, I will not kill any animal. Killing animals for food I leave to the slaughterhouse.

    My guns are for predators that would do me harm, whether two legged, four legged, or otherwise..
     
  24. Thernlund

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    I don't hunt. That said, I'd shoot anything given the right circumstances.

    But... I wouldn't shoot William Shatner. No matter what.


    -T.
     
  25. cowssurf

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    Unless it were for survival or food, I wouldn't kill anything. As a boy scout I once killed a number of chipmunks. I still feel bad about it and it's been almost 20 years. I don't hunt. I keep guns for personal defense and for fun at the range. That said, I have no problems with those who hunt for food. I like a good steak as much if not more than most. I'm not a hypocrite. I just don't really want to hunt.
     
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