OK, this is the direction my viewpoint comes from.
I raised with hunting being a normal way of life, and guns being just another tool used in that life. (have to admit though, shooting guns and bows is way more fun than playing with spoons & forks or hammers & nails). Growing up, hunting/fishing did provide many meals on our table, and my continued hunting/fishing puts many meals on my family's table today (took a small buck again this year, my 40th year hunting, but w/rifle)
As for advertising by manufacturers. I have mixed feeling about some of that.
Ted Nugent's "Whack Em & Stack Em" doesn't really bother me, but that could be because I see many positive things he does and feel he's a strong spokesman for hunting and gun rights. I like the way he just tells it like it is. However, I do agree that there are some ads out there that cross the line a bit, degrading hunters and disrespecting the animals we take...kill
While these poor taste ads may provide ammo to some looking for it, but I'm not really sure that's the real problem we face.......It has amazed how many people across the country that have been raised completely out of touch with reality. They don't understand where their milk cheese really comes from, or that the belt/shoes they're wearing and hamburger they're eating comes from animals that have been killed for their consumption.
I would hope they don't actually believe deer and pigs can talk like they do in movies, but in part because of these kids shows, there are a lot out there that do think animals have the same feeling and thought process as people.
So I guess I feel things like throwing a deer on the hood of the truck, showing the gaping slash where you gutted it, slashed throat and blood dripping out the nose, and/or similar blood & guts scenes or pictures of such out there for all to see do more harm than the ads which are mostly in hunting magazines and books.
We as hunter do have a responsibility to respectfully and tastefully display our kills in such a way as to not turn non-hunters into anti-hunters by shoving a fist full of blood in their face.
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