turkey junky wrote:
i more have a prob with the guys that dont respect the wild turkey they just harvested by throwing it around & basicly spur & beard hunting they are the same folks crack n on others for shooting a jake & passing on the trophy only mentality... im off topic so i stop now lol..
Totally agree here TJ, show some respect for that bird you've killed. Don't just chuck him into the back of your truck like a garbage bag. Growing up we were always taught to respect the fish and game we harvested. Our most important responsibility as outdoorsmen was to minimize the suffering of any animal we decided to take. Additionally, it was considered wasteful and inappropriate to take an animal without intending to use as much of it as possible. It kind of bothers me when people just breast out a turkey and then throw the rest away. That is a lot of wasted meat. If you took that animal's life you have a responsibility to use as much of it as you can in as respectful a way as possible. I really enjoy preparing wild fish and game at special meals for groups of family and friends. Being able to share food that I have hunted at a special occasion is very enjoyable for me, and I feel it demonstrates a proper level of respect for the bird.
Its easy for people to get caught up in the numbers game with hunting. When an animal you harvest loses that individual significance and becomes "just another notch on the rifle butt", I think a hunter is crossing into territory where I don't really want to go. Sorry, I'll jump down off my soapbox now.