Monday, May 28, 2018

To Shoot or not to Shoot - how ethical hunting builds character



-->
To Shoot or not to Shoot - how ethical hunting builds character
by Eric Nuse

Time: Dark, early and cold
Date: Last days of goose season
Hunter: Just me
Witnesses: None for miles




The truck is hidden a half mile away, the decoys are set and a brisk east wind is at my back. Legal light is still 10 minutes away and life is good.  Yesterday morning I head the murmur of geese from my deer stand a good hour after sunrise so plenty of time to sip some coffee, stretch out and enjoy the solitude.
The good thing about Canada Geese is they usually announce their arrival with a honk or two. So I figured a little shut eye wouldn’t hurt. I’d been up early deer hunting for a week and the old body was starting to feel it.
By the time my brain registered the sound of wings and my eyes focused, the ducks were landing in the corn stubble on the far side of my decoys. With a slight tilt of my head from the layout blind I could see three beautiful greenheads. I love to eat mallard and hadn’t had any time to hunt them this fall.
Shoot or don’t shoot?
My stomach said go for it. But a little voice in my head said not so fast buddy.
Whatever I decide, I know it’s legal and it’s safe – OK so far.
Can I make a clean kill? I’ve got double Bs in the gun, full and modified chokes. I’m guessing they are out 35 yards. I’ve killed plenty of geese at this range, but ducks are smaller and even cripples are hard to swat on the ground with #4s. Flush them? They would be at least 5 yards further away before I could shoot and that is the edge of my ability and range for a clean kill.
They are moving further away - it’s decision time.
As hunters we face tough ambiguous decisions all the time. Most of the time we are going to be the only ones who know what we do - no witnesses and no referees. Every thing you have experienced, read, talked about and thought about coalesces into a little voice that whispers the answer. For me it was a clear – don’t shoot.
As they walked away, I rethought my decision and came up with two bottom line reasons not to shoot; 1) marginal odds for a clean kill, 2) poor fit with why I hunt.
I hunt waterfowl as a way to immerse myself in the wild, for the enjoyment and satisfaction of bringing them in close and hopefully making a skillful wing-shot. The eating is important but only a tasty bonus.
“The true test of character is when you do the right thing even though you know no one will ever know.” (From an old hunter education16mm movie)
An hour later the goose Gods smile on me when 23 beautiful Canadas worked my decoys and on the third pass came right in. Two shots and two geese were dead in the air. Preparedness and skill, met with opportunity and challenge.
Now that’s hunting!
Made all the sweeter by doing it right.

43 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good blog. I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I was more than happy to find this web site. I need to thank you for your moment due to this unbelievable read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and I have you book-marked to see new things in your web site. see the link

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hey, thanks for giving a great info. This is my first time I am here on your blog and I have seen very informative stuff on your site. My question after reading your article is that can you please tell me that, can we use a compound bow for hunting big animals because I think bows are quite and a very great tool that is used in a community. i hope you will give a reply soon thanks and waiting for your reply thanks

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! This is awesome post!

    If you are looking for the mymilestonecard then you will find the complete login process on mymilestonecard.online. You can access this login by following us here.

    ReplyDelete
  7. hello! if you want to searches for google news approved sites then you simply click on this website source here you will get all latest news of international.

    ReplyDelete
  8. POF Login is a login portal of the Plenty of Fish. As if you want to use the services offered by the POF then you must need to register yourself with the POF by simply visiting on its official website.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love hunting! This content is really informative for me. Thanks for sharing! If you are looking for the best spotting scopes

    ReplyDelete

  10. Very enjoyable to visit this blog and find something exciting and amazing.
    visit our website

    ReplyDelete

  11. read this above post its very greatful for me thanks sharing this post ,great post.
    visit our website

    ReplyDelete

  12. NICE for giving a chance to share ideas for your comuty i really thanks for that great post.
    visit our website

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading.


    visit

    our

    website

    ReplyDelete
  14. Amazing website. Great information provided. Learned a lot. Thank you
    https://platinumoffersonline.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. It’s hard to come by experienced people about this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks
    https://myinstantofferonline.com/
    https://www.peryourhealthonline.com/
    https://www.myindigocardoffer.com/

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you so good For arctic writing After that, I have got the benefit and I have benefited. It will be the next pesto and the next will be yours. On the other hand, I and the rest of the people will be benefited after the next ARTICAL.many thanks for such a wonderful article
    I have put up my old post Many video camera in the post Gave various information to the subject. Those who hope in the episode will come in many ways. And its website is attracted by Google's search engine. Thanks for lots of information on this article.
    Cheers For that!
    hunterzonepro

    ReplyDelete

  17. Amazing Article :) Im extremely affected by your blog.I’m happy that you simply shared this useful info with us.I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here!

    Fishing Tips

    ReplyDelete

  18. Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading.
    Cold Weather Camping

    ReplyDelete

  19. thanks for posting this blog. its really very helpful for us.
    Types of Fishing

    ReplyDelete
  20. interesting post about ethical hunting. I never knew this was an issue with hunting. risecredit.com invitation

    ReplyDelete

  21. Nice post. it is very interesting and informative. Thank you for the sharing.

    wood worker tools

    ReplyDelete

  22. I just want to say thanks for your wonderful post, it is contain a lot of knowledge and information that i needed right now. Now i need to my bolg, you can play game fun, action here :


    best tools

    ReplyDelete

  23. Well thanks for the information, do not forget to visit my blog too.


    wood workers

    ReplyDelete

  24. Amazing Article :) Im extremely affected by your blog.I’m happy that you simply shared this useful info with us.I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here!

    gardening tips a to z

    ReplyDelete


  25. Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading.

    gardening advice

    ReplyDelete

  26. Nice posting..thanks.
    Ijin..info investasi lahan keluarga di San Diego Hills memorial Park bebas biaya perawatan dan kebersihan selamanya klik

    gardening advice

    ReplyDelete

  27. Very enjoyable to visit this blog and find something exciting and amazing.
    wood tools

    ReplyDelete

  28. NICE for giving a chance to share ideas for your comuty i really thanks for that great post.
    wood tools

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wanderfull post im waiting for your next post

    wood tools

    ReplyDelete

  30. Thanks for the warn and great post dear!
    wood tools

    ReplyDelete

  31. It’s amazing in support of me to truly have a web site that is valuable meant for my knowledge.
    wood tools

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi Thanks for sharing this informative post here.
    hostgator blackfriday
    aaanetaccess/activate
    Healthfusion login
    Free Proxy Sites List
    OVEREVIEW
    Here you shared all the informative details.
    great Yeah !

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.Thanks for sharng this information,this is useful to me... outdoor game

    ReplyDelete
  34. I truly like this idea. Planning to proceed with the new thoughts with proficient greatness.
    https://tonixcomp.net/

    ReplyDelete