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Hi folks, love the hunting; some info I've learnt studying bush-craft (like Ray Mears) carrion eating animals should be avoided as food (crows, gulls, foxes) but rats are actually edible, as though they seem to eat almost anything, I believe they are only wearing down their teeth, which grow at an extra-ordinary rate. The trouble with eating rats is, they can have things like rabies and TB. I'd be happy to be corrected though, if anyone knows otherwise.
On a personal note, hunting is one of those things; brutal, yet beautiful. A perfect skull shot, kills the animal instantly (a wild animal mind you, living as it should) and you get to live another day, wheras a body shot, may maim and the animal escapes, or has to be put down after a short amount of suffering; but this is the nature of nature, I feel. Does this mean we should not hunt and kill, beacuse we might cause a painful death? do you think the rabbit, thinks about the grass and it's seeds?
And if not for man killing man, what would keep us in check?
 

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My arguement would be, that there is a percentage of legal hunting shots taken, that are not quick takedowns. This would include large and small game with rifle, shotgun, and archery. The flip side to that is, the percentage of quick takedowns with a slingshot is realistically higher. I'm all for hunting and the movement to legalize slingshots for small game hunting, but all facts need to be addressed. This is why this forum is a great tool to discuss issues just like this.
 

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My arguement would be, that there is a percentage of legal hunting shots taken, that are not quick takedowns. This would include large and small game with rifle, shotgun, and archery. The flip side to that is, the percentage of quick takedowns with a slingshot is realistically higher. I'm all for hunting and the movement to legalize slingshots for small game hunting, but all facts need to be addressed. This is why this forum is a great tool to discuss issues just like this.
we have some silly rules over here, we can hunt with slingshots, but not bows or crossbows, i nearly always have a dog to retreave game that i have shot incase of not a clean kill, and i dont shoot at silly distances, jeff
 
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