I read with interest the Mixed fellings post by MS. I took a french stalker out this year and we were disscussing the ethics of shooting running Boar. In france as I am sure many of you are aware it is the done thing to shoot Roe and Red running as well. He was quite supprised that our sport involves trying to get as close as possible and shooting a standing target. His words on the subject were that in france a hunter would never shoot a deer standing still as it was not sporting for the deer.
I have thought about this a great deal since and I do see both sides of the story. It is not sporting to shoot a pheasant on the ground and most of us would not shoot until it was on the wing and moving, but it is sporting to shoot a standing deer when it is not moving and unsporting to shoot a moving one.
Why do we have a differant set of rules for some animals that dont apply to others? I dont shoot moving deer over here but in france I do because thats what is is about. Why does it play on our minds for ages if we loose a deer but if we fringe a pheasant that flys on we except it.?
That all said The boy is one hell of a shot