With the on-set of modern technology are we being fair to quarry species?
In my opinion God does not exist. In my eyes we have evolved in to the species of animals we are today through a set of genetic freaks born out of nature. Those natural experiments that nature chooses to embark on. Some make it, many do not.
So we arrive at todays modern animals. All have come through many variations. Small modifications having taken place through the millennia. The constant struggle to outwit the species that preys on you as a food source. This applies equally to plants as it does to animals.
It is with those thoughts that we arrive at todays conundrum.
Are humans that choose to use the latest really playing "the game"?
In the past, we, as a predatory species would have evolved a new tactic to be able to better hunt our prey. This advance would have been tiny, but might have just given us enough of an advantage. This may have been, eyes on stalks for looking over hills without revealing ourselves, camoflage for better concealment, longer legs for faster running. Then as we are a better hunter we naturally breed more and the trait is re-enforced. The prey in return will then evolve as only the fittest survive. Once again the ones that run fastest, have better reaction times, or maybe are a bit more scittish and run at the slightest incident.
However with the beginning of the industrial revolution and man-kinds real awakening to the products and science that he can produce, has come a cessation of the age old struggle of advancement and counter-advancement when it comes to the killing of animals.
Now some will say that if I am arguing against technology then why don't I use a bow and arrow. Well I can't. If I legally could, I would.
So some will say well why not use a rifle with open sights. Well, I have. But I have decided that to be as humane as I can be then a telescopic sight is as far as I need to go.
Many people are now using TI. Lots of people agree with it as a tool for control and where pest control is required then I am all for it. But for the recreational stalker, I cannot see that it has any place.
Going back to my original point and putting it into context.
We have developed guns, to which we have attached sights. Deer have responded by changing their habits. They emerge later in the evening. We in return have adjusted our stalking sights. We have larger optics that gather light more efficiently. The deer where heavily hunted will go completely nocturnal or sometimes will then start to emerge in the middle of the day as they learn your habits.
With problem that I have with TI is that we are making such a massive leap in terms of evolving that would normally take hundreds of years to work its way through the gene pool. Technology we can be rolled out and on the ground with cost being the only thing that holds anything back.