February 23, 2012
Poll: Is Hunting Deer Over Bait Fair Chase?
By David Hurteau
There is a difference between ethical hunting and fair-chase hunting. Fair-chase is typically ethical. But ethical hunting is not always fair-chase. For example, there is nothing unethical, as far as I can tell, about baiting deer.
You lure them, you shoot ’em, you butcher ’em, you eat ’em. From an ethical standpoint, this meat is far better gotten than our morally acceptable (by most) supermarket meat.
And yet, there remains a lively debate about whether baiting is fair-chase. I know we’ve asked this question before. But bear with me; I’m going somewhere with this. So: Is hunting deer over bait an example of fair chase?