It starts when we hit the terrible twos and begin to wonder just how much we can get away with before Mom and Dad step in and say no. They said we couldn't stay up past 8 p.m., but maybe if we ask for one more bedtime story or a last glass of water, they might let us see 8:15. It's human nature to push boundaries. Long-range hunting does this in both a figurative and literal way.
Like all forms of hunting, sportsmen say they view their acts as means of conservation. By taking game, they're allowing for less competition in ecosystems for ever-scarce natural resources. Long-range hunters believe they are simply helping the sport evolve. Through the years, hands-on methods such as knife hunting have given way to guns. Long-range hunting is just another change to the sport that new technology has made possible.
With long-range hunting, there is a plethora of technologically advanced equipment to choose from, allowing inexperienced hunters to make accurate, well-placed shots. While some fair chase hunters don't see this technology as ethical, long-range hunters believe they should use the most effective methods to get an advantage over their prey. In the end, won't that mean they get the cleanest shot?
As with every good debate, it's time for the rebuttal. Go to the next page to read about the opposition.