Episode 17 – Ethics and Fair Chase in Hunting with Al Duffy and Bill Hanlon

Mar 1, 2020Podcast

Episode 017

Ethics and Fair Chase in Hunting

In this episode Mark and Curtis are joined by Al Duffy, Chair of the BC Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and Bill Hanlon, the Co-Chair. The guys provide their perspectives on the controversial and nebulous subject of ethics and fair chase in hunting. Topics and questions discussed include defining what ethics are, what society expects of hunters, what morally good hunting is, how to define fair chase hunting and when does hunting cross the boundary where it becomes destructive to wildlife. The gang also grapples with hard questions including asking whether the types of weapons hunters use define hunting, if technology in hunting need to be more regulated and whether modern technology in hunting actually destructive to wildlife populations. Finally, everyone weighs in on why the subject of ethics and fair chase hunting is so divisive in the hunting community and how the net generation of leaders in the hunting community can have conversations about ethics and fair chase without folks getting so hot under the collar. When hunters suggest imposing more rules to regulate hunting practices what are they really trying to preserve?

Show Notes:

Everyone’s go to books on ethics in hunting include:

Mediations on Hunting by José Ortega y Gasset
Beyond Fair Chase and Inherit the Hunt by Jim Posewitz
Heartsblood and A Hunter’s Heart – Honest Essays on Blood Sport by David Peterson
Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote

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