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Thread #133097   Message #3016100
Posted By: Rapparee
26-Oct-10 - 03:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: Englands Biggest Stag Shot on Exmoor
Subject: RE: BS: Englands Biggest Stag Shot on Exmoor
If I wish to go elk (stag) hunting here in Idaho I have literally hundreds of thousands of public acres on which to do it. Granted, the hunting is managed but I can pick which Game Management Areas I wish to use. As long as I stay within the law -- the limitations on how many I can take, have them checked by Fish and Game, etc. -- I'm pretty much free. The same goes for fishing -- else I catch a sturgeon, and then I can't even remove it from the water for catch-and-release but have to keep it IN the water while taking out the hook.

Folks here -- well, "visitors" so far -- have killed elk and only taken the head. Do that -- Idaho has a law about "wasting the meat of game animals." Those that have been caught are heavily fined, lose all hunting privileges (and we have reciprocity with surrounding states!), and have a choice of community service or jail time.

If you kill an animal you should eat it or see that the meat goes to "Hunters For The Hungry" or a similar organization. Otherwise you're a subhuman killer.

And if you have an overabundance of a certain species, as many places here in the States have with whitetail deer, shoot the does. The bucks don't have the babies and the meat is just as good.