Originally Posted by ESU.archer
Originally Posted by DennyF
but the day they ban rifles here, is the day I give it up.
Flip it around.
Say they outlaw archery hunting.
Some here would be devastated. Some would hang it up, others would carry on.
For some, irrespective of other choices of weapons exists or not, the rifle is their primary hunting weapon. Take it away and you lose hunters. Individual choice, tradition and passion exist for all hunters.
Myself, I just started archery hunting. Yet for me to take a deer with a bow - it will look like Bullwinkle. My buck tag will be reserved for rifle season.
I am primarily a rifle hunter. I will ensure that my passion is met with proper planning on my part. Just like this year, I have a DMAP tag for the area I hunt deer in. Last year, I killed my buck just before 7AM Monday. Except for trying to move deer by walking around - I was done till the following Saturday. This year I head for the state forest and the hunt for a doe. Most likely with the flintlock, just to have fun doing it.
I do find it odd that the suggestion even be made to remove rifles. You mentioned bigger bucks. For sure, rifles are the most effective implement for killing deer.
Given the accident rate for hunters, falling out of a tree stand tops most other hunting related incidents. Archers mostly. What say you we outlaw tree stands in the name of safety? Same difference or reasoning your using.
Everyone has an opinion, but I take great exception to this one.