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post #21 of 42 Old 03-24-2012, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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...Why else would they try and get away?
Because they are prey animals, just like horses, where everything and anything is out to kill them.

Here's another spin on it. What if you were homeless and the government passed a law that people could hunt the homeless. Would you still consider it a sport? You'd have to participate whether you like it or not, just like the game animals. What if they passed that law without you knowing? You are out looking for something to eat and all of a sudden someone starts shooting at you. Wouldn't you run and hide too?
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post #22 of 42 Old 03-28-2012, 03:24 PM
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Depends on how you do it. For example: Pheasant hunting can "sporting" if you are out pushing brush with the dogs. It is NOT a sport if you are driving down dirt roads at dusk when they are crossing the road to feed then jump out and shoot them on the ground.

Fishing a sport??? Maybe deep sea fishing?

I think they are more like hobbies. Hobbies IMO are something you do because you enjoy and you always spend $$ and never make $$ on them. :)

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They are sports when done competitively for achievement awards. Both fishing and hunting can be made into competitions.

They are hobbies when done for your personal satisfaction.

They serve either definition by costing a ton of money and requiring a great deal of practice to do well.

Same with horses. They can be a hobby or a sport.

Anyone who said fishing wasn't expensive was not doing it right. Heck, a new bass boat alone is more than several thousand $$$.
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Depends on how you do it. For example: Pheasant hunting can "sporting" if you are out pushing brush with the dogs. It is NOT a sport if you are driving down dirt roads at dusk when they are crossing the road to feed then jump out and shoot them on the ground.

Fishing a sport??? Maybe deep sea fishing?

I think they are more like hobbies. Hobbies IMO are something you do because you enjoy and you always spend $$ and never make $$ on them. :)
Fishing is very competitive. Bass fishing competitions alone can earn the winner thousands of dollars and they are held all over the country in lakes and rivers.
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Because they are prey animals, just like horses, where everything and anything is out to kill them.

Here's another spin on it. What if you were homeless and the government passed a law that people could hunt the homeless. Would you still consider it a sport? You'd have to participate whether you like it or not, just like the game animals. What if they passed that law without you knowing? You are out looking for something to eat and all of a sudden someone starts shooting at you. Wouldn't you run and hide too?
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Um......... that was my point. Prey animals know they are prey animals. It's programmed into them. It's not an issue where all of a sudden they are prey animals with no warning. They're born that way. They are hunted every single day. Not just during hunting season. I'm not aware of anyplace that doesn't have predators.........

This, too, shall pass........
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post #26 of 42 Old 03-30-2012, 04:07 AM
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Obviously this is an opinion thread. Here is my opinion. Most predators don't have a high powered rifle and expensive scope that can kill them from 600 yards away. Most predators also don't plant clover fields to lure them in and make them comfortable. Most predators also do not have sent killing special potions that help keep the animal from sensing you. Just saying. I don't have a problem with hunting, especially to feed your family. I just don't see comparing human hunting with other predator hunting as a...um, sufficent argument to call it a sport.
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post #27 of 42 Old 03-30-2012, 10:24 AM
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Obviously this is an opinion thread. Here is my opinion. Most predators don't have a high powered rifle and expensive scope that can kill them from 600 yards away. Most predators also don't plant clover fields to lure them in and make them comfortable. Most predators also do not have sent killing special potions that help keep the animal from sensing you. Just saying. I don't have a problem with hunting, especially to feed your family. I just don't see comparing human hunting with other predator hunting as a...um, sufficent argument to call it a sport.

If anyone wants to come climb these mountains with me so I can prove it's a sport, you're more than welcome. I promise you won't be calling it anything but a sport but when we're done. So that (high powered rifle ect)wasn't the basis for it being a sport. Farther more, most hunters don't use food plots. That is illegal in lots of places. It's only common in a few places. I personally am an archery hunter. That means I am within 50 yards before I shoot. That's very close. Humans weren't given sharp fangs and claws for hunting. They were given brains. That doesn't make them any less predators. It also doesn't make it any less natural.

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post #28 of 42 Old 03-30-2012, 01:21 PM
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Hunting is a sport. You have to be in shape. Practice. Im a bowhunter and practice shooting all summer. I walk alot and the best part is I use my horses for scouting all summer.
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post #29 of 42 Old 03-31-2012, 12:09 PM
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I've seen bear hunters sitting up a tree on stands a little bigger than their bum and wait for a male bear to show up at the bait. Even then they don't shoot if not a good shot, so they may be up there all daylight hours for several days. To me, that is bordering on insanity.
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post #30 of 42 Old 05-05-2012, 08:47 AM
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Just found this thread. Pretty interesting. If you hunt with a gun, it has always pretty much been considered a sport. Yet if you hunt with a camera, it is considered a hobby, unless you do it as a profession and living. The animals do know they are being hunted. Heck they even have a calendar it seems. You can see elk and deer all the time, but when opening day arrives they seem to disappear. The photographer has to be in as much shape, carry gear, knowledge of the animal and area, the ability to conceal and stalk, as any hunter, yet photography is considered a hobby.

Same thing with fishing. If floating the river and fishing, they call it a sport, if floating the river for enjoyment or taking pictures, it is nothing more than an activity.

I guess it just comes down to calling it what you want to call it.

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