Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

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Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby Ben Sobieck » February 27th, 2009, 5:20 am

Distance Dilemma

It's been a huge goal to complete a single-season grand slam, but you've
always lacked the time, money and connections. But suddenly, a buddy who
moved to Florida invites you for an Osceola hunt in March -- and you scored.

Back home, you killed an Eastern during a half-day hunt. With six weeks of
season remaining, you managed a trip west for a Merriam's and were amazed
when you connected the second day. Suddenly, bagging the four subspecies
seemed like a legitimate goal and, better, your wife urged you to try.

But the wheels seem ready to fall off during your Rio hunt. One week of hard
hunting reminds you that turkeys are never a sure thing. One particular
gobbler has given you fits. The longbeard personifies the stubborn,
henned-up strutter that has no interest in working to a call. Worse, his
pattern indicate no places where he's vulnerable to a stalk or belly crawl.
The bird pitches from his roost and flies to the middle of a huge field,
where hens run to him the rest of the day.

It's the final afternoon of your last hunt. Coming back for another go at
the birds or visiting another state are not options. As you prep your gear
for your ultimate attempt, the ranch owner approaches you with a nifty
flat-shooting rifle in his hands.

"It's perfectly legal here," he says. "If you can't call him up, this will
put him down in a heap -- guaranteed." You look long and hard at the rifle.
Knowing your normal time and financial burdens, a single-season slam isn't
in your near-future.

Do you:

A) Grab the rifle? Any turkey taken legally is OK in your book.

B) Thank your host for his kindness, but pass on his shootin' iron? Calling
a bird up to shotgun range defines the sport for you.

C) Take both weapons afield? You'll try to call in your trophy, but if the
bird sticks to his pattern, you'll rethink the rifle option.

D) Something else?

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby tracebusta32 » February 27th, 2009, 5:30 am

If it was that important, then I placing happiness in something that cannot give it to me.
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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby wisturkeyhunter » February 27th, 2009, 5:59 am

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I'm still in school.

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » February 27th, 2009, 6:31 am

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby silvestris » February 27th, 2009, 6:49 am

D.  I would thank my host and take the rifle.  I would leave the rifle in the truck and take my shotgun on the hunt.  Whether successful or not, I would again thank my host when I returned his rifle, and if successful, I would leave him with the pleasure of believing that he had helped make my hunt a success.
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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby NYSuperSportsman » February 27th, 2009, 6:54 am

B. no problem with others hunting turks with rifles but its just not for me.

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby tom slayer » February 27th, 2009, 9:16 am

you guys all say b...however put yourself in that scenario...try to not just sound like the super ethical hunter everyone thinks they are... i would be willing to bet my paycheck that last day last hour to complete your first grand slam...that bird is 90 yrds out..beard draggin...and its legal...everyone of you would shoot him with a rifle.....
damn i love turkey hunting

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby greyghost » February 27th, 2009, 9:26 am

Tom Slayer, I will PM you my address, just send your pay check. [;)] No I would not and I know a couple others that would not. Slams do not mean squat to me. Ethics I do not believe plays a part in that situation. Personnel accomplishment playes a part.
Silvestres covered it perfectly.

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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby Cut N Run » February 27th, 2009, 9:31 am

 Hard for me to imagine ever getting the chance to hunt outside the farms (totaling 1,200 acres or so) I have hunted on in the past.
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RE: Ethics Check: Distance Dilemma

Postby swpatrkyhunter » February 27th, 2009, 9:40 am

B. Working a bird into shotgun range is most of the fun! It gets your heart pumping and makes for an exciting hunt. Sure. It might be legal in that state to use a rifle but it's just not for me.
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