Good point. I just did a search here for the Scimitar. The articles I read here state that although it's almost extinct in the wild in Africa (Chad area), some of the ranches in SA have hunting for them. But you can't export them to the US. So I guess the hunt for them would be in Texas or New Mexico and keep the meat, hide and horns? But, it wouldn't be an African species hunted in Africa then?So some would prefer a male animal to die of hunger instead of hunting it even though it will die of hunger due to no more teeth?
I would have it hunted irrespective of numbers as long as it is beyond breeding it cannot contribute to the pool anyway
Nope. Under those parameters, I would get on the sticks and put it down.Let's start by rephrasing the question. If it was legal, ethical (no females with fawns or kids, animal within range for your abilities, etc.), of sufficient size, and no extra cost to you, is there a type (species or subspecies) that you wouldn't shoot? If an animal presented a shot and your PH put up the sticks and says "Take him!" is there any kind of animal that would make you look at your PH and say, "No thanks."
For example, some people just don't like the look of the horns on hartebeest. Perhaps you feel that you've already shot too many of a particular kind of animal. Or, in your opinion, they are not sufficiently challenging to hunt?
If there is such an animal for you, why wouldn't you shoot it?
I've passed on Giraffe, African Wild Cats (feral house cat) & various other creatures.
Cam Moon,@CoElkHunter I think the Scimitar is an example of how hunters contribute to conservation. Actually, I think it's one of the best success stories! The Scimitar was more than endangered. It was classified as extinct in the wild. But thanks to hunters, it has been brought back from the brink of total extinction! Hunter's gave it a value. You've heard about how in Africa they say "If it pays, it stays!"? The Scimitar is a great example.
I also agree with @IvW about hunting something past it's prime. Some people feel hunting is cruel. I feel mother nature can be far more so. I wouldn't like to be shot, but I'd prefer that to slowly starving to death.
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My wife was confused why I would want a giraffe one day and one video explaining how not only do they need to be managed like every species but how aggressive the old bulls are and aside from property damage they're not kicked out of herds by young breeders like buffalo but instead keep the young bulls from breeding, and it's now #2 on her list behind Kudu. Shes an avid hunter but even sometimes with that being the case we all need a dose of true conservation reality when it comes to the animals that society has particular stigmas onNone of the tiny ten, not interested. I like elephants too much, not sure if I could bring my self on pulling the trigger. My wife said flat out no giraffe, but everything is game. LOL!!!!