I'm so tired of almost ALL issues these days being emotion based, rather than relying scientific or critical/rational thoughts.
No problem with some empathy being shown, but we need to start calling out all the touchy feely stuff that seems to be driving decisions.
As far as scientific - I think QDM has some basis in science and rational thought, though the reason for taking a big buck may be emotional for some.
I'm not going to split hairs - my point was that regulating agencies need to let science & data drive decisions, while also hearing the emotional response of the general public. SOME empathy may help with the public perception of us and our sport.. that's all I was saying.
I have no real use for meat even though I eat it, there are plenty of other alternatives that may not be harboring CWD, are easily affordable, and USDA inspected. I am no longer a trophy hunter, any mature or semi mature animal is welcome to adorn my tag and be in a picture with my longbow and cedar arrows.
To accuse anti's as being emotional and hunters not emotional, is not correct IMO.
Fair enough. BUT, I have never seen a hunter tell an anti hunter that they should HAVE to hunt, just because that's how the hunter feels.
But I have seen A LOT of anti's tell hunters they should not hunt, just because that's how the anti feels.
Anti-hunters have been around for maybe "decades".
Anti's have no standing, in the Grand Scheme of things.
Some just choose not to hunt but have others hunt, harvest, grow animals, plants for them. They are cowards, lazy, the one truly not participating in natural cycle or food chain.
Many years ago I had a discussion with a young lady who was very Anti-Hunting. After listening to her rationale why I should not be a hunter. I asked her to listen to my side of why I hunt.
First I asked her how and what did she do to promote wildlife. Her answer was "I don't hunt" . I then asked her how many hunting license' had she ever purchased ? She replied I've never bought a license .
My response was, so other than protest against hunting you do nothing to promote the DNR's and the scientific research of wildlife, the purchase of habitat, the enforcement of game laws i.e. the protection of wildlife ?
So let me get this straight, you only protest the hunting / killing of game ?
Young lady, I hunt to supplement the food for my family table I fish for the same reason. My license fees support the scientific research , the game laws that protect our wildlife, the purchase of land for more habitat in addition to help pay for the State Parks, you enjoy.
So if I may ask, when will you be purchasing a hunting license ? She was stunned for just a moment she then replied I won't ever purchase a hunting license I don't hunt. Hunting is cruel !
My response , then you only wish to protest against hunting as it appears you have no interest in helping the wildlife. She thought for a long moment then she said while blushing, I'm still not buying a hunting license.
My reply, no need to worry I am going to continue to purchase hunting and fishing license' young lady. So you can rest assured I will be protecting and supporting the wildlife of our great out of doors for your enjoyment.
Her reply, I'm embarrassed of my lack of response against your argument for hunting but I'm still not buying a damn hunting license ! I laughed and we went our separate way's
When the "Anti Hunting" subject is brought up, I occasionally wonder what ever is that young lady protesting today ?
Yeah. It's part of the culture of me, my family and my friends too.