Shooting From The Hip

I’ve been wanting to do a hunting post for a while, but a perfect seque appeared this week, allowing me to take more pleasure in laughing at morons (I know, low hanging fruit, but it’s there, begging to be plucked). Yes, morons routinely line up on the left column, providing an even greater target rich environment.

Few things ruffle the feathers of your typical libtard (an aside, the first time I heard this word was from CM, our resident centrist {snicker} so I guess it is OK to use) than hunting, or for that matter, the harming of any living thing, mother earth and all that. Don’t ask how they explain the transition between Elsie the cow and that porter house sitting on their dinner plate. Hunting to them is another one of those quaint colloquials that primitives (e.g. conservatives) practice, like family values and reading the Bible. An evolved being embraces all life (put down that fly swatter) and is willing to share the planet. Funny how an elevated conscience can unplug the brain;

A post by Jay Branscomb caused a huge stir on Facebook when the satirist posted a photo making Steven Spielberg look as if he had a “trophy kill” while sitting in front of a robotic Triceratops on the set of his 1993 blockbuster, “Jurassic Park.”

“Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man,” Branscomb jokingly wrote as the photo’s caption.

Like Pavlov’s dog and that damn bell, it did not take long for the knee jerk reactionism to take place.

“That’s Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park!” one commenter wrote. This got a response of “I dont care who he is he should have not shot that animal.”

Other commenters called Spielberg “inhumane” and “disgusting” and proclaimed they’d never watch his movies again because he’s an “animal killer.”

Like putting Al Franken in a barrel then telling him to go stand in the corner.

The article includes two items that I was going to write about as well, but can incorporate them here, that Belgian babe, an attractive women who like to hunt, here and here.

Although I think the link between the hunting photo and the need to satisfy potential customers that the cosmetics company does not engage in product animal testing is tenuous at best, they can run their company anyway they want, so if they want to can the poor girl, so be it.

Here is my rant about hunting, I don’t get it, I don’t see how it satisfies any primal urge, I don’t see how it would be exciting or even fun, I don’t see it as a sport and I certainly do not see it as a contest or a competition. I somewhat get bow hunting (although I would never do it) and going after something like a big boar or a grizzly bear with a bow, OK, now we are talking about a competition, I understand competing. But going after game with a high powered rifle and scope whereby you can see Neil Armstrong’s American flag on the moon, this is hunting?

Unlike the leftist loons, I do not want to ban or outlaw hunting, as I thoroughly understand the what land management means. Herds, need to thinned from time to time, species need to be maintained. In a perfect world all things could just run around, have plenty to eat, and populate the earth all day long, we don’t live in this world. Hunters pay fees that go towards sustaining manageable size herds, and balancing the co existence of buffalo/dear, wolves, and ranchers who breed sheep for a living has to be done.

But when I see a photo of a beautiful majestic animal felled by someone with a high powered rifle, from 200 years away, their trophy does not impress me, nor does their skill at winning it. I figured that it feeds some primal urge in them and they are certainly paying for the privilege, funding management plans that will insure that other majestic beasts can survive, but where other feats of accomplishment and daring do would win my respect and admiration, this gets nothing from me.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    I’ve never actually met a “trophy” hunter, not once, in my 50+ years of living in places where hunting & fishing was done routinely by many people I know, including myself. Truth is, the better meat generally comes from non-trophy animals, and aside from the recreation involved (boating, camping, hiking, etc), people hunt for food.

    In some places the people I’ve known don’t bother with domesticated meat (or, frequently, licenses), and hunt year round. These people are not nutjobs or “living off the grid”, they merely don’t see any reason to go to Safeway for meat when they can keep their freezer full of venison and fish.

    And hunting with a rifle isn’t anywhere near as easy as people think it is. The season is set up AFTER rut when the animals are acting stupid and will expose themselves to an easy shot, and before the snows will force them out of the high country. Game animals tend to be wary, have far better sense than you do, can run faster and further, and will do so with little provocation. If you took down an animal at 200 yards you have, at the very least, proven yourself a far better shot than most people on the planet, and that takes skill.

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    Good point, SO, I did not make the distinction between sport hunting, and filling the dinner table.

    I have to admit (city boy) that I have never eaten freshly hunted meat. Years ago a guy I worked with was a big time fisherman, would give me large mouthed bass and salmon caught right out of the bay, farm grown salmon tastes like cardboard in comparison.

    . If you took down an animal at 200 yards you have, at the very least, proven yourself a far better shot than most people on the planet, and that takes skill.

    Really? I remember my military days, hitting targets with an M-16 at 300 yards, that was a good shot, a 200 yard pull with a scope, that seems like child’s play to me. About a month ago I watched a youtube video about military snipers in Afghanistan, they were routinely taking down bad guys a mile away.

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  3. Technomad

    I’m not much of a hunter myself (I might be, if I were better at finding, but as things stand…) But I have nothing against people hunting, and think that the howls against whats-her-face on F’book are stupid.

    As for “trophy hunting”—the kind of animals that make good “trophies” are usually, if not always, ones that have already been successful at what animals do. A buck with huge “trophy” antlers, or a ram with big long horns, has almost certainly mated repeatedly, passed on his genes, and is entering the twilight of his years. And considering that those who do not fall to hunters will certainly, eventually, fall to predators, which is a much more painful, slow way to go, I don’t get too excited about it.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    I remember my military days, hitting targets with an M-16 at 300 yards, that was a good shot, a 200 yard pull with a scope, that seems like child’s play to me. About a month ago I watched a youtube video about military snipers in Afghanistan, they were routinely taking down bad guys a mile away.

    And what percentage of the people join the military? Well under 10%, and most of those never see combat as they are support personnel. Even the average guy that has a rifle would be hard pressed to be accurate at distances over 100 ft. While some us have been in groups where NOT being able to routinely hit the 10-ring at 150 yards or more would be unusual, your average urbanite can’t be trusted to hit a target at all at 50 feet (lord knows, I’ve trained enough of them) because they’ve barely, if ever, actually shot a gun.

    Shooting is a skill, and like all skills they are made better through practice. The average time it takes to master a skill is usually given as 1000 hours of practice, and then there always going to be some people that are just better at it than others. Additionally, a military sniper is going to have better (and more) equipment than your average deer hunter.

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    To expand on SO’s, excellent post.

    Making a clean kill at 200+ yards is most certainly a difficult task, that most people would be simply unable to do. Military snipers have the advantage of HEAVY constant training and very high end gear…
    For the average 11B hitting a paper range target that is, any where from 12 inches across to 30
    isnt that had with a small bore rifle like a M-16 . more powerful, and heavier hunting rifles are a bit mroe tricky since you have to make a single shot to fatally wound or outright kill on the spot, the game animal you are shooting at. Variances in animal movement, obstructions, bullet drop, the steadiness of your muzzle…. oh and at 200+ yards any small movement you make is gonna have a huge effect on where the cross hairs appear to be…
    AS for trophy hunting.. mm well i know a few that hung for the biggest rack, but in the end the meat ends up on some ones table. Even the Big game hunts in Africa. A number of the photos were not with all dead game but Tranquilized, so the game warden could examine them, and applied aid to ones that have been injured in a lion attack.

    And she hunted a Lion with a bow…….A lion with . a bow…. i want to have her babies….

    Go hunting buy a rifle learn to use it,go out on a hunt…. Fresh deer meat is wonderful, .. Deer loin wrapped in bacon and garlic is to die for.

    Oh and i assume that this post was inspired by that lil gal that has been getting a fuck ton of shit over her hunting photos on Facebook.
    The meat from those animals was given to local tribes, the animals that are shot are selected by the game warden and marked, as those that were older and have breed several times. its called population control, keeping the herds young and healthy…

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  6. ilovecress

    Maddox put an interesting post up about how the money from big game trophy hunters in Africa is doing more to save the animals from extinction than a million Facebook posts could dream of.

    Even to ‘fill the table’ hunting there is some sport to it. I probably wouldn’t have starved if I didn’t nick a pheasant or two growing up, but it was nice food and a great day out. Actually it might be more accurate to say it’s more of a hobby than a sport – from getting up early on a foggy frosty morning, to having a wee nip of whisky after the beat. A cheeky pint on the way home, and then off to the pub while the ladies pluck, draw and cook the Sunday roast.

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  7. Xetrov

    I’ve never hunted, though I would have no compunction over killing an animal to survive. But my step-kids have gone often with their father. Personally I think the elk, dove, etc, that they’ve brought back has always tasted like shit when compared to any meat I’ve ever bought in a store, let alone a grass-fed cow rib-eye.

    As far as trophy hunting, they have always said that they hunt for the meat, yet try to get the biggest rack they can from the elk. My step-daughter once shot and wounded an elk, but they then lost track of it while it ran off to die slowly. A few days after getting back from the hunt, they were contacted by the forest ranger letting her know that her kill had been found. By this time the meat was bad, but her and her dad still drove the 8+ hours round trip to get the rack. I would consider someone that committed to getting the rack a “trophy hunter”.

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  8. Seattle Outcast

    Yeah, some “hunters” should be banned from getting a license due to being piss poor at it, and stick to fishing.

    You’re right about the food not tasting right. People forget that a lot of meat needs to be aged first, or how they taste depends a lot on what they eat, or that wild game tends to be very lean (and we like the taste of fat), or that we’ve become very accustomed to the taste of domesticated, grain-fed, and fat farm animals. For every great piece of venison I’ve had over the years, I’ve had at least two that tasted like shit (pass the gravy please).

    Simply put, we domesticated the ones that taste the best, and then selectively bred them for several thousand years to make them even more delicious. If we REALLY found the taste of deer that awesome, we would have been breeding tame fat ones for centuries.

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  9. TxAg94

    I will only add something my grandfather said, “Once you pull the trigger it goes from fun and exciting to shitty job.” My grandparents hunted all their lives and I did, off and on, through high school. That statement stuck with me, though. People who approach it as fun or some sort of way to prove themselves typically do guided hunts and don’t do the dirty work that follows. I don’t see any photos of those pretty ladies up to their shoulders in guts and blood. You don’t see them with a knife skinning the animal or caping it out. No, the “trophy” just arrives later with a bill.

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  10. Dave D

    Gutting a kill should be MANDATORY, imo. Killing for fun is not right, but killing for sport followed by consuming that kill makes sense to me.

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  11. Poosh

    Hunting an animal for sport is a pretty shitty thing to do, and makes you a questionable human being. It takes skill but so does hunting a human (something much more respectable imo). Why kill the animal? If you’re gonna eat it then fine.

    But like it or not the Hunting industry keeps the numbers of these animals up – and probably keeps them from extinction. Like it or not, the Hunting industry does far more good for these animals than most would like to admit.

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  12. Seattle Outcast

    When I was 11 I was with my dad when he got his first elk in a long time (I had better eyes, so he was using me for a spotter while he had me get familiar with the area we hunted the year before I got my first deer license). He promptly had me help gut the thing out, just as he had done with fish 6 years earlier.

    I’ve helped guy out any number of animals since then, including hogs – its never fun, and you have a much better appreciation for exactly where your food comes from.

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  13. TxAg94

    I always laugh at the guys with the stickers that show some absurdly non-typical deer, implying that they have bagged such an animal, and especially the ones that say “Bone Collector”. I always want to tell them that it doesn’t make me think about them what they think it will.

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