While I haven't been around here for a while, I think of 'you guys' with some regularity. It 'bothers' me that there is a rather profound misunderstanding of American hunters and hunting practices by the folks here at the Stalking directory. I have no ax to grind or hobby horse to ride. No argument to 'win', and no earth-shattering point to make. (Although, without some point, there would be no reason to post.) I simply would ask that you consider the following data:
The AREA of Great Britain is "officially" 94,058 square miles (243,619 km2).
The area of GB minus Northern Ireland (the area of Wales, Scotland, and England) is 89,280 square miles (130,279 km2).
There are 11 states in the United States that are larger than the combined area of Wales, Scotland and England, and 31 that are larger than England proper.
Three of them, Texas, California, and Alaska, are more than twice the combined size of Wales, Scotland, and England. Alaska alone is seven times the size of Wales, Scotland, and England.
The population density of England is about 1070 people per square mile or 413 people per square kilometer.
There is only one state - New Jersey - with a population density greater than England, and it is 1195/mi2. All of the states west of the Mississippi river (The West) have population densities less than 1/10th than of England, and some of them less than 1/100th of England. The population density of Alaska (1.2/sq.mi) is 891 times less than that of GB.
Here's my point: While there are certainly 'cultural' differences in the hunting/stalking found in our nations, I would argue that much of our perceived differences are more a matter of 'culture driven by population density' and deceitful propaganda.
May I suggest that before "you" think us all "reckless cowboys", (by virtue of what you see in the mass media and Youtube), you consider at least for a moment the differences in attitude that derive from the area and population density numbers given above. I have posted data elsewhere on the SD illustrating that if one takes the number of hunting "accidents" (involving firearms) per 100,000 people with hunting licenses, we Americans are a far safer nation of hunters than the hunters of GB, even though the total number of incidents is much greater in the US. I wasn't trying to start a fight with that data, just pointing out that numbers out of context - even though 'technically' not a lie -do NOT reflect the truth. As Samuel Clemens said: There are liars, damn liars, and statisticians.
Anti-hunters want to divide us (hunters/stalkers). I argue strenuously that if we are indeed Hunters (as opposed to "shooters"), then we are, in our hearts, much more similar than different, regardless of what nation we call home. Do not let the Deceivers - the Press, other mass media, and those among us with 'agendas' - deceive you.