But I do what I can to correct that, even when that means calling in the law. I have no tolerance for the jerks out there who don't respect the resource or the people they share this world with. I could rail for days on this topic, and on the topic of anti-hunting. I have, actually, on several different discussion forums. So I'll spare those of you who are uninterested. If you really do wanna see some of my thoughts, you can go here. It's a long-winded discourse on hunting, the problems it faces from the inside and out, and what hunters need to do about it.
Feel free to Email me, if you wanna talk about it. I'm always open to an intelligent debate. The keyword here is INTELLIGENT, though. If you just wanna flame away with kneejerk or emotional responses, then don't waste your time or mine. I won't respond to name calling. I believe that in some cases, there is a very supportable philosophy behind some folks' anti-hunting sentiments.
So, moving on. . .
I've had mediocre success as a deer hunter, even in NC where the populations were so dense. There are a lot of reasons for this, probably beginning with my lack of patience. In the southeastern sections of NC, the hunting is primarily done from treestands. This is due in part to the nearly impenetrable cover, as well as the fact that the land is all flat as a pancake. A rifle shot can carry for a mile or more over that terrain, so it is safest to climb a tree so that your shots are aimed at the ground. At any rate, anyone who has ever spent a couple of hours perched in the branches of a tree knows how uncomfortable it can become. And if you're not comfortable, you can't sit still. And if you're not sitting still, you're not going to see much game.
Also, because of the terrain, hound hunting is quite popular. While I did participate in this aspect of the sport for a while, I soon became disenamoured of it. To hear the hounds run is to experience a wild thrill, but shooting deer in front of the animals really didn't seem very fulfilling to me. Also, as the human population increased, there were more and more cases of houndsmen trespassing and causing problems for local homeowners. I distanced myself from the houndsmen. I find it much more satisfying to do my own tracking, and the rewards include a much heightened set of woodsmanship skills. I never killed as many deer as the houndsmen, but those I have taken have been rewarding. Like this one.
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I've been hunting and shooting most of my life. Here's how I learned to shoot.
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