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Hunting Technology | Hunting Ethics in the 21st Century

 

The hunting lifestyle that we enjoy in this century is a far cry from the world that our parents and grandparents enjoyed.  Without question, the biggest impact to the sport of hunting is the way we as sportsmen and women utilize technology.  Technology’s impact on hunting continues to grow each and every year, and while there are many cases where this can certainly be seen as a positive, for many there can be a limit to the benefits that advanced hunting technology can provide. One such cap is the duty of hunters to define what is and what is not ethical. As technology inches us closer and closer to this internal dispute, a moment should be taken to step back and debate it out loud.

 

The Very Real Debate of Hunting Technology

To really argue whether or not recent advances in hunting technology are ethical, hunters need to understand what technology is out there. By far the biggest developments is the ever expanding scouting technologies. Technology such as pinpoint accurate aerials, GPS units, mobile game cameras, and personal drones are now creating difficulty for every hunter. On one hand, the technologies help us get closer to game, they keep us busy in the stand, and they instantly connect us to what is happing in the woods when we are not around. On the other hand, there is no mystery left in hunting, no giants in the woods we don’t have a name to, and no hidden locations left to discover. These are the difficult questions associated with this debate. At what point or technology do we simply draw the line at?

Scouting Technologies

If you really want to know just how big technology’s impact on hunting has been, you need to look no further than the average, everyday trail camera.  Without a doubt, trail cameras have changed the world of deer hunting over the past few years.  What began as 35mm cameras enclosed within a semi-durable case has now turned into cellular enabled devices that have the ability to Livestream your hit-list buck right to your smart phone.  If that isn’t a revolutionary change, it would be hard to point to something that is.  Trail cameras, GPS systems, aerial imagery and even your smart phone are all pieces of hunting equipment that are helping outdoorsmen and women not only enjoy the sport of deer hunting, but time spent afield chasing a wide variety of species.  They have shrunk the world in many ways, and have given you the power to be able to better plan and strategize your approach to the game you are chasing, and by default have assisted many in finding success.  The future of hunting certainly appears to be speeding up, and it can be hard to imagine what the next five years will bring. In particular, one area of “scouting technology” is the most frightening. The recent advances and commonality in aerial drones are not only concerning for scouting game but hunter harassment. Do we draw the line at mobile game cameras? After these cameras? Before drones? Or do we draw a line at utilizing any of these recent advances including cell phone apps and scouting?

 

Scent and Detection Technologies

By far scouting technologies such as the drone and mobile game cameras are the biggest hot button issue when it comes to hunting. However, we as hunters must note other technologies that simply push the boundaries of limiting the game’s advantages. In particular, the scent management, and game detection technology has taken a far leap in recent years. Odor eliminating products such as Scent Crusher ozone activated technology now gives hunters an edge in taking away an animal’s greatest defense…scent! On the other end of the spectrum, advances have also been made to virtually eliminate a game animal’s sixth sense. Hec’s hunting garments block electromagnetic fields that every living being emits. This blocks the animal’s ability to sense these signals, allowing hunters to get very close to game. These technologies combine to give a hunter advantage over the far more developed senses game animals possess.

Firearm and Archery Technology

One important aspect of technology that we should also take note of would be the ever-expanding limits of today’s firearms and bows. With a host of optical improvements in scopes, rangefinders, and binoculars, hunters are now able to see animals further and more clearly. This allows hunters to shoot even greater distances. It’s not just limited to rifles and other firearms, however. Compound bow advances such as bow sights, releases, and broadhead developments have allowed archers to push the limits of ethical shooting.

As you navigate these technologies be sure to take notice of what is actually being changed, your ability at hunting, or the ethics of hunting!

Stay True to the Sport

Hunting technology, whether we are talking about hunting equipment like those previously mentioned, or advancements in firearm and archery technology are all fascinating ways that technology has impacted the sport of hunting.  These advancements generally lead to an increased level of success, comfort, and lower the level of difficulty when taking to the field.  Often times these technologies allow us and others to enjoy the sport of hunting.

One of technology’s impacts on hunting, while certainly not intended, is often one of philosophy.  Simply put, we can become so engrossed with technology and its application to the sport of hunting that we can get lost in it. We might forget why we run to the outdoors in the first place.  The sport of hunting has never been about number of game harvested or the size of the rack.  The sport of hunting is about connecting with nature and getting lost in the wilderness. It is about allowing your imagination to run wild.  This philosophy is obviously at odds with technology’s impact on hunting, and the future of hunting in general.

At the end of the day, it is all about balance and remembering that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.  Just remember why you enjoy this sport in the first place. Now think of how your children or the next generation of hunters will view hunting as. Will it automatically involve technology, or will the roots be placed in what really matters…the outdoors? As you debate this question internally just note that the outdoors is one item that will never need an upgrade!

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Hunting Ethics In Today’s Culture

Instilling Hunting Ethics In Our Youth

Ethics, many of us “understand” the word and can most likely apply it to our everyday lives. Living an ethical life can sometimes means different things depending upon who you are and what your background is. Webster defines the word ethics as “Rules of behavior based upon ideas of what is morally good and bad”. If you take this definition literally (and most of us do) then there are codes of ethics for almost everything we do on a day to day basis. From riding the bus, to crossing the street, this list goes on. This includes hunting ethics.

For most of us, our code of ethics was instilled in us at a very young age, beginning with our parents or guardians. They taught us the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. For most of us, a little reinforcement was often necessary to drive the point home. (Steal a piece of candy from the grocery store…BAD!) (Help and elderly neighbor mow their grass…GOOD!) The Point is that most all of us were given the structure and tools needed to one day become ethical adults at an early age. These lessons were often reinforced through various activities such as school or sports that we were involved in along the way, all helping to shape us into the men and women we are today.

The sport of hunting is absolutely no different. As a matter of fact, many would argue that the sport of hunting might be one of the best tools to help educate someone who is going youth hunting for the first time the importance of life, family and conservation. This is often a point that is lost among those who are less indoctrinated into the hunting lifestyle or the sport of hunting. The common misconception is that it is all about “the kill”, and while that can certainly be a highlight it is much, much more than that.

Youth Hunting Lessons

Exposing a youngster to the hunting lifestyle through a youth hunting or mentor opportunity is a very big responsibility, and should be on every hunter’s bucket list. For many, it will be their first time every being around a firearm or a bow, and it can be very intimidating. Sometimes it is simply the act of putting on the Realtree Camo pants or jacket that makes it exciting! The point here is that youth are very impressionable, and when it comes to installing conservation and hunting ethics, it is important to do it right.

One of the best ways to ensure that you are doing all you can to teach your youth hunter right from wrong in the woods is to make sure you are always communicating. Remember that you are a teacher, and they are your student. Having an appreciation for the sport of hunting often comes from the effort that is required to be successful. This is an excellent lesson that can be applied to everyday life; you get out what you put in! Keep communicating! Help them to understand the “why” as much as the “how”.

The reality of it is that the more time you spend in the woods with your youth the more opportunities you have to be an example to them. The more time you spend taking a youngster out youth hunting the more opportunities you will have to show them the right way from the wrong way, the more opportunities you have to educate them on the topic of conservation, on the importance of taking care of the land and being a good steward of our natural resources. There are no two ways about it, simply spending time in the outdoors with a youth hunter teaching them how to be an ethical hunting by being the example is the absolute best way to ensure that your youth hunter has an understanding of what being an ethical hunter means.

Keeping It Fun

The early you can introduce a youth hunter to the sport of hunting, the better. It can be important to develop an interest early in life before other distractions begin to compete for time. Now, no one ever said taking a very young hunter to the woods was an easy task, or at times even a fun task but that is all beside the point. Sometimes, it is just about being out in nature with them whether you are packing a Gamo air rifle looking for squirrels or just flinging a few GoldTip’s down range at your McKinzie it is all about keeping your time in the field fun and exciting.

If you get lucky and harvest and animal, fantastic! However taking the time to show them the wild things that live outside our towns and cities, and educating them on the responsibility we have as hunters to ensure that the animals we chase live and thrive is even more important. It is this love of wildlife, nature and conservation that drive us all to hit the woods every year, and the conservation ethic that has helped make us who we are. It should be the responsibility of all hunters to see this legacy and conservation ethic passed on to the next generation, so if you have the opportunity to expose someone, especially a youth to the sport of hunting, we hope you will take the opportunity to do so!