November 17, 2004 5:23 AM PST

Texas officials wary of plan to hunt by Internet

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A new Web site already offers target practice via the Net and could soon let hunters shoot at deer and other animals.

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As if canned hunts weren't bad enough now there is this. Quoting from the article:
[http://"We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said, 'If you just had a gun for that.' A little lightbulb went off in my head," Underwood said.|http://"We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said, 'If you just had a gun for that.' A little lightbulb went off in my head," Underwood said.]
1) A beautiful animal - that they'd happily put a bullet in and keep the head to show how much of a man they are.
2) The "lightbulb" - maybe that should have been a bullet in HIS head! The killing of animals for machismo is nothing more than stupid & cro-magnon.
Posted by Eddie-c (198 comments )
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Don't knock hunting
Hunting is an important part of our heritage and is a freedom enjoyed by millions of Americans. Let's not run down hunters now. With land being consumed at an alarming rate, and wildlife habitate constantly shrinking, many of the remaining opportunities to hunt are on managed land. These "canned hunts" as you call them help ensure survival of the species and a healthy wild population.

The alternatives are to let people hunt in populated areas, or to take away people's right to hunt. In my opinion, the hunters are generally the most nature-conscious group in the country, and donate more money to wildlife causes than any other group. They deserve to continue managing wildlife populations and hunt as they see fit within the limits of the law.

"Remote hunting" seems a bit removed from the actual experience. But assuming you are simply trying to fill your freezer with food, I don't see it any less ethical than any other means of obtaining meat. Many slaughter houses are automated now anyhow... At least the deer still have a chance.
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"Underwood, 39, said he will offer animal hunting as soon as he gets a fast Internet connection to his remote ranch that will enable hunters to aim the rifle quickly at passing animals."

Faster, Internet! Kill! Kill!
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I would say that the little light bulb that went off was about 1/2 watt or less. Don't you need a hunting license in Texas? Now if we could just require licenses for Moronic Ideas..
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Of course
Every state requires a hunting license, and they also offer out-of-state licenses for non-resident hunters. I see no reason why this would introduce a problem for their plan... Just like any other hunting organization, they should be responsible enough to verify license numbers. If they don't, they open themselves up to a lot of trouble.
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