Ethical Hunters vs Slob Hunters

24 Jun

This is what a “slob hunter” looks like.

As outspoken as I am about caring for and protecting wildlife, I often get asked if I believe that there is such a thing as an ethical hunter. Shockingly for some the answer is yes, I do. Although I do not like hunting or the culture that surrounds it, I do believe that there are many ethical hunters out there. The problem is that we rarely hear from them. Why is that? I think that much of this has to do with their voice being hijacked by people like George Meyer, Don Peay, and Ted Nugent and extremist kill everything groups like the NRA, Safari Club International on the national level, and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association on the state level.

I also believe that there is no such thing as an ethical hounder or trapper. So what do I believe is an ethical hunter?

An ethical hunter does not get pleasure out of killing something.

An ethical hunter does not make a spectacle out of the act of hunting.

An ethical hunter eats what they kill.

An ethical hunter does not take grinning photographs of themselves or their children over a dead bloody animal.

An ethical hunter does not videotape their killing exploits to re-live as “horn porn” at a later date.

An ethical hunter does not kill animals just because they can.

An ethical hunter follows all rules and regulations even when no one is looking.

An ethical hunter does not hate predators or view them as competition.

An ethical hunter admits that they are killing an animal, not “harvesting” it.

Then there are the slob hunters. These are the ones that those of us in the non-hunting community see most often. You know the ones who wear camouflage everywhere they go and drive giant pickup trucks with stickers bragging about how they love killing animals. Trappers, hounders, and predator hunters fall within this category as well.

A slob hunter kills animals strictly for recreation.

A slob hunter kills an animal just to hang their head or hide on a wall.

A slob hunter get pleasure out of tormenting and killing wildlife (see Josh Bransford).

A slob hunter kills animals like mourning doves and crows just because he can.

A slob hunter brags about their killing exploits to anyone who will listen in person or on the web.

A slob hunter participates in killing contests like the pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.

A slob hunter thinks that they own all wildlife.

A slob hunter has no concept of property rights or trespassing (see bear hounders).

A slob hunter kills any predator that they can because they are “competition” for that “big buck.”

A slob hunter thinks that killing animals with dogs is a “tradition” (see Scott Suder).

A slob hunter is anyone that operates or participates in canned hunting (see Ted Nugent).

I could basically go on all day, but I am sure that you get the idea. Ethical hunters need to realize that the slob hunters and the groups who enable them are irreparably destroying the image of ALL hunters. By not speaking out against the slob hunters, ethical hunters are basically enabling them. Of course a few ethical hunters have contacted me through this website and are as disgusted as I am with what the slob hunters are doing. I can respect them for that, but there needs to be far more speaking up to make a difference.

Tell me what you think defines and ethical hunter and a slob hunter.


16 responses to “Ethical Hunters vs Slob Hunters

  1. L

    June 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    an ethical hunter uses the principle of fair chase, a slob hunter, obviously does not. A slob hunter is one who uses bait to attract an animal to his/her hunting spot so they can kill them without challenge.

    • rali74

      June 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I forgot about the ones who use bait. Good call.

  2. Bobette Traul

    June 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    rali- you said it all for me. I can’t fathom women trophy hunters. They’re in competition with men most likely the boyfriend or husband. Big game hunting and nurturing[sp?] just don’t go hand in hand.

    • Alec Sevins

      April 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Look up Melissa Bachman and the National Geographic “Ultimate Survivor Alaska” controversy. They made the right choice in pulling her from that program after people protested. She can go ply her brand of evil on any number of “sports” channels, and she likes to show off on YouTube with all the other kill-shot dregs.

      I think bass fishing as an excuse to race speedboats is another example of human depravity. They apparently catch and release many of the fish, but the whole thing is a phony ritual.

    • D. Thompson

      September 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      They don’t mostly look at game hunting as competions with their man, they think of it as doing it to please their man. Those are mostly the only kind of female hunters I have run across.

  3. Laura Field

    October 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I Think the Slob Hunters are “Satan Spawn” !

  4. j.callahan

    October 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    the ones you hunt for food for their family do not kill just to kill

  5. Frances McGrady

    October 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Slob hunters are just barbaric hunters they don’t care how they kill .they use cruel traps and their intentions are first to main and torture the poor animal first take photos videos etc to brag how much suffering they caused they hunt with dogs and don’t care if they get hurt in the process they have no respect for anything if I was to compare this Behavior to man I would diagnose it as psychopathic

    • Susan Shepanek

      October 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      First, thank you to Patricia for writing this excellent clarification, and the courage to put your honest words on this topic out there. I too do not endorse hunting, as activity or culture. Yes, writer, it is psychopathic. Don’t psychopaths who murder, “learn” on defenseless home pets and progress to wildlife? And evolve into psychopaths, who are feared by their wives and children, like my own father. You don’t have to murder people in order to be defined as a psychopath, but you do have to lack all empathy, and justify your mistreatment of others as entitlement, “I deserve”; they deserved what they got from me”. They must come to terms with their walled off deadened selves; the rest of us are waiting.
      And I hope the day comes when the “ethical hunters” speak up; their silence is noticeable. If they’d challenge the slob hunters, would more animals in the wild be alive today?

  6. Jann Muir Webb

    December 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I am beyond words, to protect my life or the lives of my own, yes I would kill, even a human if it had to be. However, killing would always be the critical last resort. Anyone that finds pleasure and self worth in the blood and cries of pain of another living creature is beyond help. The excuse that they were raised that way does not fly with me. I know to many adults that as children endured horrific abuse and never even thought of hurting another living being. It is a matter of heart, nothing more or less. one either has it or they do not. You can not give a heart or change a heart of a dead soul. You can only stop them.

    • rali74

      December 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I think that if anyone wants to look at one of the major failings in our society they need to look not further than the “culture” that surrounds most of hunters. It is no longer about “putting food on the table” “conservation” or any of the other garbage that they say it is about bloodlust and trophies period.

  7. Martin Baillie

    February 22, 2013 at 5:04 am

    ‘Ethical’ hunter simply means that they are not a ‘poaching’, the former hunts motivated for amusement and the latter hunts motivated for gain. ‘Ethical’ hunter is not a term for ‘subsistence/survival’ hunter, their hunting activities are not motivated for survival requirements; – also yes, it will be guaranteed that anyone that uses the word ‘harvest/harvesting’ as a euphemism for kill will be nothing more than a ‘trophy/fun’ hunter *and* not a subsistence/survival hunter.

  8. Colin Wright

    March 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    There is every bit as much suffering and death in the meat you buy at the supermarket, as any hunter ever inflicts. Factory Farm animals are usually tortured to death, literally. They are kept in unimaginably disgusting conditions in which they are in constant pain or discomfort, for days or months, or in some cases years, until they are finally either beaten, maimed, ripped apart, or in the case of leather/fur animals, skinned alive. All of this is done BEFORE they are killed. And usually for “fun” because the workers at these “farms” are mostly all moron redneck scumbags.

    The good news is YOU can actually do something about all this. It’s extremely simple. Just go Vegan. You’ll be healthier (many doctors are coming to the realization that many illnesses are tied to the consumption of animal proteins and not JUST the chemicals or micro-organisms in meat) and you’ll feel much better about yourself as well. And the effects on animals are immediate. For every animal you don’t eat, you’ll not only be saving THAT animal, but others that would be killed in the future, because of the demand for meat that you’re vacating. If enough of us go Vegan, there might someday even be laws passed so that people are not allowed to kill animals in the way that allows abuses like the above to take place.

    Unless and until you are Vegan, any comments on whether ANY hunters are ethical or not lack any real meaning.

    • Alec Sevins

      April 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Well, at least the animals killed in factory operations never really had a taste of freedom. To me, it’s worse when someone travels far out of their way (e.g. Alaska or Africa) just to gun down an animal that had no awareness of its stalker. It’s a crass intrusion on the wild remnants of Earth.

      There is also not enough wilderness habitat for the 7+ billion people on Earth to directly kill what they eat in the wild (this is especially true of the overfished oceans). Population density in large cities has necessitates dense livestock operations, but the equivalent of that at sea may be impossible to engineer.

  9. Alec Sevins

    April 8, 2013 at 12:56 am

    That’s a very good listing of the differences between hunter types.

    If the “hunting” videos on YouTube are representative, there are far more slob hunters than decent ones. All you see in most cases is bodies being struck by projectiles, often in slo-mo. I think the term “snuff porn” has more weight than “horn porn.”

    It’s unfathomable that YouTube even allows those videos, considering their posting guidelines. They should either block them or split them off into a paid adult site. I use the term “adult” loosely, since most sport killers are like kids plinking at garden birds with pellet guns. They kill because they can.


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