EPISODE 190: Technology Debate: Round 2
We have a saying at our house that I try to live by. It goes like this, “say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.” On our recent podcast, The Technology & Hunting Debate--EPISODE 188, Aron Snyder and I must have failed on the “Say what you mean” part of that saying. We meant what we said. But we didn’t really say what we meant. If this is confusing you; you’re not alone. And that’s why Aron and I recorded this new episode--to clear the air; to set the record straight; to say what we mean.
On this episode we talk about Fair Chase--something we failed to call-out in our previous discussion. We clarify some of our thoughts and ideas on gun hunting, bowhunting, trapping, and baiting. We received a lot of great feedback on episodes 187 and 188. Mostly, we heard from hunters who feel strongly about Fair Chase hunting practices, which is noble indeed. These hunters would like to see long-time hunting traditions like hound hunting, trapping and baiting go away. Preferring to see animals hunted on more difficult terms. Aron and I greatly value fair chase--that is one reason why we bowhunt--to afford our quarry with the greatest chance of escape. But just imagine if everybody bowhunted? What if there was no rifle season? What would happen to harvest rates? It seems that we are completely ignoring the practical side of wildgame management. If we can’t meet management quotas on bears using spot and stalk hunting techniques; should we simply let them grow unchecked? What about wolves? We hope this podcast clarifies our ideas on Technology, Fair Chase, and Ethics and gets you thinking more about all of the issues surrounding it.
Some of you felt that Aron and I went too far by actually saying the names of the people in the hunting community that we were talking about. Well… that’s not really our style. We’re open books. We share the good the bad and the ugly about everything we do. Our goal is to say what we mean and mean what we say. And sometimes it gets a little gritty. Our intention is to have open and honest dialogue about the issues that affect hunting. It does us no good to shy away from difficult conversations. And I’m a firm believer that we can disagree on various issues and still respect one another. Disagreement does not mean disrespect.
As Tim Ferris says, “Success can be measured by the number of difficult conversations you're willing to have.”