Am currently writing a paper for one of my US History classes...read something interesting this morning that I figured I would share. Excerpt is from Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac, originally published in 1949. While we may think that the extreme lack of hunter ethics is a relatively recent phenomenon (due in large part to DD), it has been going on for a LONG time, unfortunately. The second paragraph hits on exactly what I'm talking about but the first gives some context.
Excerpt from "The Upshot" section of the book:
"...Then came the gadgeteer, otherwise known as the sporting-goods dealer. He has draped the American outdoorsman with an infinity of contraptions, all offered as aids to self-reliance, hardiwood, woodcraft, or marksmanship, but too often functioning as substitutes for them. Gadgets fill the pockets, they dangle from the neck and belt. The overflow fills the auto-trunk, and also the trailer. Each item of outdoor equipment grows lighter and often better, but the aggregate poundage becomes tonnage. The traffic in gadgets adds up to astronomical sums, which are soberly published as representing 'the economic value of wildlife.' But what of cultural values?
As an end-case consider the duck-hunter, sitting in a steel boat behind composition decoys. A "put-put" motor has brought him to the blind without exercise. Canned heat stands by to warm him in case of a chilling wind. He talks to the passing flocks on a factory caller, in what he hopes are seductive tones; home lessons from a phonograph record have taught him how. The decoys work, despite the caller; a flock circles in. It must be shot at before it circles twice, for the marsh bristles with other sportsmen, similarly accoutred, who might shoot first. He opens up at 70 yards, for his polychoke is set for infinity, and the advertisements have told him that Super-Z shells, and plenty of them, have long reach. The flock flares. A couple cripples sail off to die in the distance. Is this sportsman absorbing cultural values? Or is he just feeding minks? The next blind opens up at 75 yards; how else is a fellow to get some shooting? This is duck shooting, the current model. It is typical of all public grounds, and many clubs. Where is the go-light idea, the one-bullet tradition?"
Mr. Leopold wrote this from his home state of Wisconsin, but his description of duck hunters carries over almost to the word, over 60 years later.