The arrow has been released and flown true. The blood trail was short due to the ethical shot. Now you stand over your kill. What do you feel? Simple joy? Sorrow? For others less in tune with the wild, there may be little emotion at all. Why does this even matter? Perspective plays a key role in the big picture of our approach to conservation. With no respect for the beast pursued, thoughtless killing takes place. Such a perspective lends no hand to stewardship and historically places animal populations on the brink of extinction.
SB 127 is a bill recently introduced in the state of Montana. If passed, the bill will make it illegal to sell information or coordinates revealing the location of game animals. The point of this bill is to support fair chase hunting. The bill prevents people from paying large sums of money to kill a trophy class animal someone else found on public land. SB 127 is not about habitat or animal populations; it is about ethics. It is a sad state of affairs when hunting becomes about the highest bidder paying not to hunt but to kill for a living room decoration.
A motivating bugle over the next ridge coupled with a high fitness level will carry an avid hunter an impressive distance. Fueling the hunt strategically will carry him or her even farther—by improving strength and stamina. Smart nutrition will promote recovery and allow the arduous hunt to be done again the next day.