Archive for May, 2008

Tuesday’s Tracking: Idaho Trout Hunter

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Tuesday's TrackingI’m checking in a little late today, but I didn’t want to miss the Tuesday’s Tracking this week. Thought I’d cast a line in the direction of Ol’ Eagle Eyes over at the Idaho TroutHunter! Eagle Eyes’ site is on my daily read least, and I try to get over there and check it out every day…its been harder and harder to read my daily read list lately!

I enjoy the Idaho TroutHunter blog because I enjoy reading about fishing from all over the country. It is fun to be able to read about different styles of trout fishing, and see fish from different places. If you look at the TroutHunter blog, you will see some nice pics of big fish on the front page.

I think another reason that I like The Idaho TroutHunter is because he writes of places that I have never been, and may never get to go. I would, however, like to get out there and wet a line one of these days. I enjoy my WV mountains and the beautiful little brookies that we have, but One day I’d really like to tie into one of those big western trout. Who knows, fate may carry me to big trout country one of these days!

Eagle Eyes has made some changes on his blog over the last few weeks, and it is looking great. He has some cool widgets around his blog, including some video clips. I may have to get that widget and add it to some of my blogs as well!

Eagle Eyes has also opened up a forum to discuss various fishing topics. I don’t get in there as often as I would like, but I do enjoy jumping in there and looking around. I’m going to try and jump in there and read a bit more, and maybe even try to participate more. I really enjoy reading what others have to say in a lot of the outdoor, hunting and fishing forums. I guess I should be a bit more active in there too!

So, thanks Eagle Eyes for the enjoyable read. I look forward to future posts!

Another WV Hunting Accident Tragedy…

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I heard this on the news a day or so ago, but had not written about it because I am tired of writing about negative things that have to do with hunting.  But, it is a pretty big story, so I thought I would share it with you.

A 16 year old boy was shot while turkey hunting near the town of St. Albans, WV.  Evidently he was hunting with a bow and arrow, and was shot in the head by another hunter who was hunting with a 12 gauge shot gun.  The second man is 19 years old.  You can read a bit more about it in this article from the Charleston Gazette.

This type of story is so discouraging to me.  Here was a young hunter, who evidently was not doing anything wrong, who was shot by someone who was very careless in his hunting methods/ethics.  I was talking about this story with a friend of mine last night, and he said that he couldn’t understand how this could happen.  Rule number one in hunting is:  Identify your target!  If you absolutely know what you are shooting at, then you cannot make a mistake such as this one.  It is a simple rule, and needs to be hammered into the heads of our new, young hunters.  There is no game animal out there worth the life of another person.  That means, if there is any doubt, you have to pass the shot.  I realize that it is often the case that people will get excited, and shoot in their excitement.  That is no excuse for this kind of mistake!

Another huge issue I have with this story is that the shooter simply left this 16 year old in the woods.  He ran away.  How can you be so inhumane as to leave another person, either wounded or dead, in the woods about a mile from the nearest road?  I don’t know the full situation, but there had to be some possibility that the young boy was still alive when he was left behind.  There is no excuse for this type of behavior…and this isn’t about hunting!  It is about common human decency.

I realize that any activity that includes loaded firearms has the potential for being dangerous.  Every state has programs to teach people how to hunt safely.  But, for some reason it just doesn’t seem to be sinking in!  There have been several fatal turkey hunting accidents (carelessness?) this year already.  I don’t know what the solution is, but I am sure that something will be done to try and  bring down the rate of these shootings.  But, as I once heard someone else say, “You can legislate stupidity.”

It appears that charges will be filed against the 19 year old who did the shooting in this case.  That is a good thing.  I think he should be punished severely.  I know some will say, “But it was only an accident.”  That may be true, but it was an accident that never should have happened.  He had full control over what was happening, and he pulled the trigger on another person.  The 16 year old’s family now has lost a son, and he won’t be brought back.  What this story doesn’t mention is that the “family member” who found the body was the 16 year old boy’s little brother.  Imagine that for a minute!  This man needs to be prosecuted for at least manslaughter, and reckless endangerment, and he needs to spend time in prison for this.  Such severe punishment might make the next person think more before shooting.

Folks, if you are going to take on the responsibility of hunting, then you need to learn to do it safely.  Don’t shoot unless you are 100% sure of the target, and what lies behind it.  I can’t imagine pulling the trigger only to find that I had just shot someone.  Don’t put yourself in that position.  I am far more concerned about the idiots out there that shoot first and ask questions later!

SIDE NOTE:  I saw that Arthur has requested a post about “Why I Hunt”, and I am going to do that because it is such a good idea.  I just want to take at least a couple of days to organize my thoughts before getting to it.  I do look forward to the other posts on the subject!  BTW, I love the new graphics Arthur has put up on his site!