Without something that stirred long ago inside me, origin unknown, I would never of had an interest in the land. Without that land, I wouldn't be able to benefit from the habitat that holds the birds. Without the birds I would never have had the urge to pick up the gun or have the desire to have a relationship with bird dogs. If not for all of the above, I would not be on here gaining from other's life's experiences and passing on mine - in regards to the hunt.
Hunting is at the same time the simplest of things, yet the most difficult to relate, even when relating to other hunters.
That's it's own reward to those of us who have been so rewarded.
I've enjoyed the discussion.
Now if I'd just get my Feather back from the shop, I could enjoy the fondling - of which I haven't had enough of........
Joined: 04 Mar 2008
Location: Williamsburg, VA
While probably not as well known and likely doesn't have as many followers as the Double gun shop or shotgun world web sites, I think 16 ga.com is the best for intelligent discussions without disparaging anyone's opinion or perspective and where anyone asking a question or making a comment is always treated with respect.
I forwarded this link to this discussion to the Editor of Sporting Classics Daily, Taylor J. Pardue. He commented in his reply, "I was genuinely impressed by the civility-to-knowledge ratio on there."
Joined: 08 Nov 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
We can buy our sporting firearms in sporting goods stores. If you subscribe to "if you don't use a ball and you can drink while doing it, it isn't a sport", it technically fits....shot=little balls, and safety rules prohibit drinking.
My take is that it isn't wrong to call it a sport, but words that are more accurate are hobby or lifestyle.
Joined: 19 Apr 2016
Location: New England
Don’t confuse physical or recreational activity with sport. Sport involves physical activity, but simply performing a physical activity does not make it a sport. Hunting is cut and dry—fishing is problematic as they have organized tournaments, with time components, score keeping, defined areas to fish in, rules regarding equipment, competition elements etc.
Drowning worms on a Sunday afternoon with your grandkids is recreation. Fishing with 20 guys in bass boats, for prizes against a clock then fishing becomes a sport.
Two guys out squirrel hunting who have a side bet on which will limit out, maybe for a round of beers or bragging rights afterword, still does not make hunting a sport—just friendly competition. I hope I never live to see the day a bunch of hunters line up and run into a field to shoot as many animals as they can against a stopwatch for a trophy, or worst a money prize.
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We have plenty of coyote hunting competitions in my part of the country.
I agree that physical activity does not alone define sport. I once dug a pond with nothing more than a shovel. It was one heck of a bunch of physical activity and nobody will ever convince me that it was sport! Plain old work in it's purest form.
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I'm also with cowdoc87. I'm not sure if hunting is a sport, but I like to think that I'm a sportsman and the rabbits and quail I hunt have a sporting chance. The amount of killing that occurs during a day of hunting has no bearing on the quality of the hunt. To me being thought of as a gentleman and a sportsman is more important than the number of dead animals on the tailgate.
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