First off, I would like to congratulate this hunter on his beautiful trophy. Because I run a ranch like this, I (unlike all these uneducated bloggers that just through mindless words around) understand just how challenging this actually was. You people who are knocking ranch hunting haven't done your homework. Not everybody is fortunate enough to have the time or the health to scout land that they are completely unfamiliar with. Then, Spend even more time trying to hunt for this animal on limited vacation time. Big Boy... If someone in your family had a terminal illness and could not hunt the rigourous terrain and mountains, but yet wanted that trophy, and hunt, of a lifetime would you condemn them and belittle them for hunting at a place where a guide would constantly be able to monitor and asure their safety. How about doctors lawers and other working folks who just plain can't take 2 weeks off to trek through the mountains and public land trying to get an animal that has been chased by dirt bikes, other outfitters, and whoever else is spending there summer vacations on that same public land. Bottom line... Hunters are hunters and we all need to stick together. There are a lot of contraversial methods of hunting. Hunting over bait, with dogs, ranch hunting, crossbow hunting, the list goes on my friends. In the end, this man IS a hunter and should be praised and credited as one. If you don't like ranch hunting, or dog hunting, whatever it may be, then don't do it. But don't gang up on a particular group of hunters as this will only help for our rights to be taken as gun owners and hunters. Strength in numbers! You don't have to like it. You don't have to do it. But at least support it as a fellow hunter who wants to keep their rights and freedoms for generations to come.
I will say, however, this bull should never have been entered for the record books. It should not have been kept a secret and it may not have been such a big deal. Believe me, That is NOT the biggest elk to have been taken if ranch hunting is to be included. Should there be a separate record book for ranches for people to still compete for the biggest trophy? Absolutely! Just not the same book as we try to enter an animal from our back forty. This way it will be a level playing field for all the ranch hunters as well as hunters who chose not to hunt on ranches. Please, fellow hunters, think before you tear each other apart on the internet. We as hunters in one way or another are all like brothers and sisters and NEED to back each other in these trying times and attacks on our rights!
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