Drone photos of deer

A photo of deer captured by a drone.

Not by my definition, at least the way some people go at it. Advances in technology have offered several new ways to locate game, and some think it’s become unfair to the quarry.


Tom Charlton

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Michael R May

Thanks for this fact powered essay on the "fair chase" ethics that define hunters and fishers. Almost too much for me to respond to, but here goes my frail effort. I apologize in advance for the fact that my comments are not equal to the task Tom's essay has set for all readers.

The essay is important for individual hunters and fishers because it asks conscience-forming questions as to what it means to hunt and fish honoring "fair chase" ethics. The essay is important for hunters as a group because it might shed light on one cause (there are other causes such as loss of hunting habitat) on the steady decline in the sport of hunting.

The essay is important for all interested in Creation care -- including those who do not hunt or fish -- because the primary cause for our failure to care for Creation is DISconnection from Creation. Hunting and fishing connects to Creation by placing hunters and fishers out in Nature demanding a keen eye and powers of observation alert to everything in woods, field, stream or lake. To me, the observant hunter or fisher lives the truism that to be observant is to be reverent.

"Remote" hunting and fishing technology necessarily thwart the connection of observation to what you hunt and fish for and consequently disconnects you from Creation. On the individual, conscience-forming level this disconnection numbs you to the full wonder and joy of the wild. This kind of numbing may be the root of the decline in interest in hunting because it numbs the thrill of experiencing Nature. This is especially true if hunting and fishing takes on the abstract, character of a video game.

One last thought. If hunting and fishing technology numbs us --- including numbing the young folks we want to become hunters and fishers -- to the wonder of the wild the epitaph for our world may be this:

"The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder . . ."

Tom, good work, and yes, I love my graphite fly rod.


Vaild points to ponder, Michael. Thanks for sharing! Tom Charlton

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