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More on WHA…

August 25th, 2006

They have finally given in to the pressure.  The World Hunting Association has finally given into the pressure of the hunting community, and has relented from using darts in their competition.  Instead, the competitors will actually kill the animals.  Imagine that, a hunting tournament where the competitors actually kill the animals.  David Farbman, commissioner of the WHA made this statement on on their official website:  “Over the past two months, we have met one-on-one with fellow hunters, major hunters’ rights organizations, industry leaders and top outdoor journalists from all over the country to gain their perspectives. Consistently, their major concerns centered on the proposed use of non-fatal darting,” said Farbman. The WHA is committed to growing the sport of hunting and increasing participation among youth, women and minority groups. We regret that the darting format upset other individuals with those same goals,” said Farbman.  “The WHA is made up of longtime hunters who are incredibly passionate about the sport.  Everyone associated with WHA wants what is best for hunting. We feel confident we are now on the right path.”

I think this is definitely think this is a step in the right direction, but there are still at least a couple of issues that need to be addressed.  The first is that the first leg of the competition is to be held at the Lost Arrow Ranch in Gladwin, Michigan.  The problem with this is that the Lost Arrow ranch is a mere 1000 acres, and it is high fenced.  That may sound like a lot of room, but with so many competitors hunting the region, the deer certainly do not have a “sporting chance”.  I for one will never be willing to accept the idea of killing deer on such small parcels of fenced land as real hunting.  Pen the deer up in a small pen, and anyone should be able to kill the deer!

Another problem is the paying out of cash prizes to the winners.  I know that the prize money structure has worked well for the BASS tournaments, but there is a far different perception of fishing than there is of hunting.  I am not sure that I will ever be able to accept such a cash prize structure for a hunting situation.  Such a prize seems to cheapen the animal that was slain, and discourage good management practices.  Of course, there have been many other things that have happened that have discouraged good management practices as well.  There are still those in the area that I hunt that do not believe in shooting does.  They will, however shoot as many bucks as they can lay their scobe on.  Others have been led to believe, often by modern hunting publications, that anyting short of a monster buck is unacceptable.  But, then, that is a sidetrack…maybe I can post more on that later.

I don’t know if the WHA will ever get their plan in order with what hunters will accept.  I believe they have a long way to go.  They are showing promise.  They at least came around to understanding that their Association was doomed if they did not make some changes.  Perhaps they will wake up, and bring this project into lines that will be at least tolerable to true sportsmen.  The sad part of the whole thing is that they have been so slow in responding to the obvious outrage of those who should be their primary audience.  It may be that they have alienated us to the point they will never get us back!

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  1. Aaron Brewer Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    Well, at least they’re on the right track now, though you are right that they have a ways to go. I was just talking today with someone about not agreeing with hunting on a fenced in farm. It just doesn’t seem right. Plus, I REALLY disagree with paying out prize money. I think you’re right that it really cheapens the hunt!

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