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mtbirder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:58 pm  Reply with quote



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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........
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BarkeyVA
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:04 pm  Reply with quote
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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."

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mtbirder
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:12 pm  Reply with quote



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BarkeyVA, that probably has a direct correlation to the appreciation shared for the 16, that exists here.Smile

Singleness of purpose has it's advantages.....
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Rick O
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:28 pm  Reply with quote
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...SPORT fishing, SPORT hunting...

Seems to me that an activity, a diversion done for personal pleasure vs. doing it for work, makes it a "Sport".
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jschultz
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:32 pm  Reply with quote



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WyoChuckar wrote, "..and what if you carry a gun while skiing? Or ski to hunt? Uh oh, I just complicated the issue."

But ...but I do. Embarassed
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rkittine
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:22 am  Reply with quote



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Aren't guns, hunting attire etc. sold in at least some "Sporting Goods" stores?

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pbeaver
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:36 am  Reply with quote
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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.

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jon math
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:47 am  Reply with quote



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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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jon math wrote:
..... 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.


Pretty much already happens....one type was called the Bird Dog Challenge or some such.
"Flush or pin, rip and go.....I got MY five, high ho, high ho."

Some wonder if upland bird hunting is a lifestyle or a Life.
There appears a difference.
As with "sport", we define for ourselves...we do not define for those looking on.
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WyoChukar
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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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cowdoc87 wrote:
No. And the "whack'em and stack'em"and hi-fiving on some TV hunting shows really bothers me. A sacrilege IMO. But I'm old.


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Make that 200+

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Beagleman
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:31 pm  Reply with quote



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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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Carlos
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:52 pm  Reply with quote



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I agree with Jon Math. Hunting is a sport, those others are "athletic competions", or some such other term.

I might be hard to locate, but have a read at this classic book; Meditations on Hunting, 1972, Jose Ortega Y Gasset. Some of his points have been mentioned in this thread.
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dannypratt
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Make that 300+

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