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David Petersen
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Good words,Croatoan. Like you, I don’t care if others use cams for “scouting” or not. I just don’t choose to use them myself, or any other modern tech shortcuts in hunting, because I love the challenge, the mystery, the surprise, that feeling you get when you have a baited line way down in deep dark water that anything is possible. In a word, mystery. So what may seem at first glance as judmentalism on my part, in fact is sympathy that in an activity with such a great depth of possibilities for personal growth and satisfaction, so many folks forego that great bounty of possibilities in favor of shortcuts. Ultimately, so long as it’s legal and ethical, I don’t care what others do unless it directly affects either what I do, or the welfare of the animals we hunt, the protection of their habitat, or the present dignity and future of traditional-values hunting, no matter the chosen weapon. Anyone who has experienced the horrendous ATV problems out there on public land, or understands the politics and threat of allowing x-guns in archery seasons, for two prime examples, knows that my disdain for these things is hardly judgmental or preaching, but simply stating hard cold facts about technologies and personal actions that are directly hurtful to a majority of hunters, to the dignity and future of our sport, to wildlife and the habitat that supports us all. As offensive as I may sound at times (in both senses of the word), I am coming from a purely defensive stance. Other issues, like trail cams and baiting, are certainly fair game for open-minded discussion of different views, but I really don’t care what others do so long as their actions don’t stomp on my boots. Cheers, dave