03-27-2010, 01:52 PM
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I see where are you coming from. If you keep quiet, I can tell you a secret and admit that I've a very soft heart and killing feels a bit cruel in my heart too. It can still be a dear hobby to someone like horses are to you and like stated above, it's also needful.
I'd suggest you to talk with these hunters. Let them know how you feel. Even it wouldn't stop them, they can perhaps avoid to talk about their hunting things when you're around and I bet it makes also you to feel a bit better. Perhaps they can give you a view of a hunter and explain some things. If it's possible, visit your friend or something when they do their stuff so you needn't to see all that.
About the tricks you suggested, I'd advise you to give them up. Like I said I see your view too but would you like if someone for example hided your horse's girth or knocked its shoes off? Hunting can really be a dear hobby to someone. Some of these tricks (like filling a gun with confetti) sound also dangerous and you said and I'm sure you don't want to harm anyone. I say that don't mess around with guns, there's enough power inside to turn the situation dangerous if you use a gun incorrectly.