But on second thought, I consider that those hunters had to successfully scout that location, set the blind in such a way as to avoid spooking birds. They had to predict the direction the birds will approach from and they need to work the birds with their vision and hearing limited. Maybe hunting from a blind might not only have its own advantages but also its own limitations as well.
Furthermore, I start to consider all the devices I use to hunt turkeys. Decoys, calls made from synthetic material, Under Armor, aerial photos, a shotgun with 3" mag loads. The list goes on and on. Considering that, what right do I have to determine what is cheating.
Bingo...well stated Joe, and that was the point of my post...I may regret saying this but its a bit like the legal use of the crossbow debate that has gone on in another forum. The conclusion at the end of the day is its legal, kills just as ethically as any other means, and has its own advantages and disadvantages. I also recall another post in the same forum where one stick bow hunter basically condemned the use of any electronic devices in the woods. it started with game cameras, then went on to rangefinders, lighted sights, red dots, etc. My response was similar to Joe's...where do you draw the line? If we are going to damn all those devices we might as well go back to hunting with rocks and spears! [8|]
Personally, I'll continue to use a blind where its called for..and for me that's when it rains or for a setup that affords no natural concealment or a tree to lean against, otherwise I prefer to be without one...but I certainly won't look upon another hunter differently because he chooses to use one.
Good post fellas, glad we can keep it civil [:D]