Are There Ethical Sportsmen?
An alert reader sent the following questions:
Do you get appalled when you meet someone, or know of someone who kills more deer than legally permitted in a year, year after year? Are there any sportsmen who get upset when they learn that someone they know purchases licenses for various family members only to use those tags for themselves? Do you know of a person who thinks that it is absolutely okay to kill as many deer as he pleases because he is a small land owner and “the government isn’t going to tell me what to do on my 100 acres?” Do you get upset when you find out that their friend who has been killing a deer on the first day of buck season for many years has been doing it over bait or a salt block?
What I’ve found over the years, is that many people I’ve met, who appear to be fine, law abiding members of the community, are in fact no different than the stereotypical, redneck hillbilly who is perceived as killing as many deer as he pleases, and these people don’t think there is anything wrong with what they are doing. Where are the remaining sportsmen who get upset about what I’ve described, or are we simply a dying breed?