Dangerous Tactic Creeping Into Hunting

Let me preface this article with a definition from one of North America’s first conservation organizations and champions of fair chase hunting.  “FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals”.  Now we’re not here to debate what improper advantage is, but rather make hunters aware of a new and alarming practice that has found its way into hunting.

Not a Hunter nor a Ladies Man!

A new business has hit the hunting market recently, bringing up serious questions to what is ethical, right, wrong, fair chase, and how technology is taking the hunt out of the harvest.  The company is called PreHunt and offers a platform to upload pictures and locations of big game animals electronically and sell them, even selling mountain lion track locations to houndsmen.  This new company has kindled the fire and amped up the debate on how modern technology is taking the hunt out of hunting.  This new idea of selling big game locations through electronics devices to the masses just feels dirty and seems wrong on so many levels.  A good friend likened it to a guy who uses a prostitute then acts as if he is some sort of suave ladies man, kind of a strangely blunt comparison, but somewhat relevant.  Is this selling of big game locations prostituting big game and are those who use it really hunters?  What happens when the anti-hunters get a hold of this?  This could be a powerful tool used against hunters to skew public perception to what hunting is and what hunters are.

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A screenshot of some big game locations for sale on the website.

Wyoming Lawmakers Introducing Bill Against Selling Big Game Locations

In Wyoming new legislation is being introduced to make it unlawful for such ridiculous practices.  House Bill No. HB005 is sponsored by the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Interim Committee and would “prohibit the sale of wildlife location and identification information meant to aid in the taking of game animals”.

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Screenshot of HB005. See the full document in the link above.

What do you think as a fair chase hunter?  Right or Wrong?  Where is the ethical line?  Is Wyoming on the right track?

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One thought on “SELLING LOCATIONS OF BIG GAME ANIMALS – ETHICAL?

  1. jonathan.walker 4 years ago

    Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see much advantage of some dude selling me a gps spot and a picture of a nice bull other than knowing there is a nice one in the area. Velvet mule deer maybe a little more of advantage since they can hold location a little more. These are free range animals I’m assuming not tide to a tree. They aren’t selling animal just a trail camera picture. Big difference. I think the pros retire example was terrible. Now I’m ok with states regulating this practice. But let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot. To me the only people that this really affects is the local guides. They have give more of an advantage , but I wouldn’t call them unethical