Wednesday, May 25, 2011

...he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder...

[h/t to fearsclave]

The Wall Street Journal has a neat article on modern primitive hunting.

I'd love to do this someday--and would especially love to live in a state that "has no hunting limit" on feral hogs. Imagine being able to shoot free-range bacon on sight! We would have one full freezer, lemmetellya.

On a political note, one small detail caught my eye. In the standard tradition of newspaper articles, the reporter has seen fit to include a paragraph by a media-courting loony from an extremist pressure group who's opposed to the subject of the article:

Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, says he worries about both ultra-modern and ultra-primitive hunting methods. High-tech gear, he says, can give the hunter an unfair advantage over prey. On the other hand, he says "archery equipment is very problematic" since animals are sometimes injured but don't die.

High-tech gear (century-old firearms technology) does too good a job, and low-tech gear doesn't do a good enough job. Were one the cynical type, one might get the impression that HSUS* is less interested in ethical hunting than in banning hunting entirely.

[* - Not to be confused--though their name is calculated to cause confusion--with the American Humane Association which, because PETA hates them, is probably a good organization.]


  1. Washington has had no tag-no limit on feral hogs for years.
    Unfortunately, within 6 months of the establishment of that reg, WA also had no feral hogs.
    Darn it.

  2. Note to self: add "serious and intractable problems with invasive species" to the list of desirable settling destinations.