i seriously doubt there is a man or woman on this forum or anywhere else that would exercise ''HUNTING ETHICS '' , IF , IF they were part of the early colonists and pioneers. they were feeding families . the number of diehard woodsman were scarce then as compared to the general public .
i can see us being pushed back in time and being some of the best limb shooters in the land , with a BEDFORD COUNTY flintlock 40 cal. squirrel rifle.
on the bow ,,,there was a time when i didn't own a gun ,,,strictly recurve and hunted all yearlong ,,,everything that was legal . it's just a fact that i was a real good shot ,,,but i've lost a good many deer in 30 years and it does cause an ill feeling that lasts for days . it's also a fact that i make less mistakes with a gun than i do with the bow when it's time to take the shot at game.
the number of hunts left in this life ,,,for someone over 50,,,ain't near enough to suit me,and i want to get ALL i can from each hunt whether i tag the bird or not . the number of hunts where one could get the bow pulled and make an accurate shot , without a blind , are no doubt a lot fewer than than the ones where all falls into place .
sport hunting verses surviving ,,,there is a lot of difference there.