Boone and Crockett Club: It May be Legal, But is it Ethical?

crowd of hunters participating in the Teton park
A crowd of hunters participating in the Teton park hunt herded elk from a no-hunting area into a barrage of bullets on Wednesday, upsetting nonhunting passersby.
Boone and Crockett Club
Boone and Crockett Club

MISSOULA, Mont.--(Ammoland.com)- This hunting season has had at least two incidents that have come to our attention involving herds of elk, “hunters” who are pursuing them, non-hunting onlookers, and the media.

We put the term “hunters” in quotes because the general public and media sees those involved as hunters, while many hunters commenting on the news stories loudly protest the use of the word “hunter” in relationship to this kind of activity.

Both situations resulted in game and/or trespassing violations as the participants attempted to drive the elk from no-hunting areas into a firing line.

While many of these people acted legally, were their motivations and actions in the best interest of hunting and conservation?

Should we expect the public to continue to support hunting if this is what’s making news?

Can we afford to look the other way just because it was legal, and these folks were licensed hunters?

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Jeff in MS
Jeff in MS
6 years ago

Simple. Change the law to define driving or otherwise herding game toward hunting areas as “hunting.” Then they would be illegally hunting on non hunting areas.

durabo
durabo
6 years ago

Appalling! Why not wait for the herd to cross the road, and just ram ’em? It’s just as unethical.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Line hunting taken to new lows. They prob used cell phones and radios to coordinate the herding, illegal in many states

Maluka
Maluka
6 years ago

These are not hunters but AH’s who deserve to lose their licenses for unethical activities. Remember Montana is part of the liberal mind set so complaints may fall on hypocritical ears.