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I've heard about this on-line hunting where you control the weapon from your home computer and hunt live game from your computer - actual animals are bagged. For an additional fee you can have the meat processed and sent to you, and for another additional fee, you can have the animal mounted and sent to you.

What are your thoughts on this?

The Humane Society of the United States and the Safari Club International have joined together to try and ban the first hunt which is scheduled for April 9, 2005 in which a parapalegic hunter will be the first person to use this new "technology. Even the NRA is against it.

Here is the article:

Hunting by remote control draws fire from all quarters
By Kris Axtman, The Christian Science Monitor
HOUSTON — Sliding his computer mouse around until he locates a moving target, the hunter sets the animal in his sites and pulls the rifle's trigger with a click of his finger. Down goes a wild boar. Another trophy bagged.
Yet in this case it's not a video game. It's a new kind of hunting experience in which people anywhere in the world can sit at home and target real game by controlling a gun in a remote location.

To supporters, it's a way to allow the disabled, among others, to enjoy the thrill of hunting. But critics see it as a form of video slaughter.

Indeed, the concept of live-action hunting — done over the Internet — is raising the hackles of everyone from animal-rights activists to hunting groups to gun advocates. As a result, lawmakers in 14 states are now trying to ban the practice, including Texas, where the only such online hunting facility exists.

The first paid hunt is scheduled to occur on April 9 on a ranch outside San Antonio, and many are racing to stop the practice before it gets started. The dispute is raising new ethical questions over what is an appropriate form of hunting, and represents another example of the unlimited possibilities of the Internet and the sometimes public pressure to limit it.

Even the developer of the new online hunting Web site, Live-Shot.com, says the system is not for everyone. John Lockwood envisions it being used by those who love hunting but are unable to get out into the woods, such as the wheelchair-bound. "The idea of hunting this way doesn't appeal to me," says Mr. Lockwood. "Most of us love getting into the field. But there are many that cannot."

Under the system, a person can control a camera and a firearm, shooting at real targets in real time, from a computer anywhere. For an additional fee, the meat or head can be shipped to the hunter.

Lockwood says the idea evolved out of knowing and working with disabled hunters as a young man. The first person to sign up to hunt through his Web site is Dale Hagberg, a paraplegic from Ligonier, Ind. Mr. Hagberg says he broke his neck in an accident almost 18 years ago and has only been able to watch hunting on TV.

"I was an avid hunter before I became hurt, and I've missed it ever since," he says through his nurse. Hagberg is excited — and nervous — about his impending April 9 hunt. "I'm sure when I see the animal walk in my view, my heart will start beating as fast as it used to," he says.

In addition to disabled hunters, Lockwood says he has heard from a soldier in Spain who wants to send the meat to his family and a soldier in Iraq who doesn't know when he will hunt again. In all, Lockwood has about 25 people who are seriously interested in online hunting so far.

In a rare alliance, the Humane Society of the United States and Safari Club International, the world's leading trophy-hunting organization, are both supporting legislation banning the practice. "This is not hunting," says Safari Club president John Monson.

"It's pay-per-view slaughter," adds Michael Markarian of the Humane Society.

Concerned that state legislation won't be restrictive enough, his group wants a federal ban on online hunting. "Nobody ever said the wilderness had to be ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliant," says Mr. Markarian. "That is no justification for this practice, and it doesn't give [disabled] people a true hunting experience anyway."

Even groups that help the disabled hunt are upset. The powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), for instance, has a program designed for disabled hunters, but the idea is to get them into the wilderness or participate in shooting events. "We believe that hunting should be outdoors and that sitting in front of a computer three states away doesn't qualify as hunting," says spokeswoman Kelly Hobbs.

Yet the the NRA is also closely watching the anti-online-hunting bills, from Hawaii to Wisconsin to Maine, to make sure they don't affect disabled hunters' special needs in the field — the use of an electronic wheelchair, for instance.

Earlier this month, Virginia became the first state to ban Internet hunting. In Texas, the state Parks & Wildlife Department has proposed a regulatory change that would ban it for animals native to Texas. So far, virtually all the public comments have been in favor of banning the activity. The proposal could take effect in May.

The state, however, doesn't have control over non-native species and that's what Lockwood's customers will be shooting at: Barbary sheep, blackbuck antelope, and wild boar, for instance. "In the grand scheme of things, with all the problems facing wildlife, this isn't really a big one," says Tom Harvey of Texas Parks & Wildlife. "It's more of an ethical issue than a biological or ecological issue."

The biggest opponents may be hunters themselves. "It's not hunting. It's killing," says Jeremy Johnston, a police officer at the University of Houston. "Someone gets on a computer and pushes a button and something dies for no reason. That's not why I was taught to hunt."

For Mr. Johnston, hunting is about relaxing outdoors, bonding with friends, and providing for his family. He says there are so many groups that now help the disabled hunt, there's no reason for such a novelty.

A bill to outlaw Internet hunting for any species will be heard in the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday, and Lockwood recently met with its author, Rep. Todd Smith (R). Lockwood believes those who are most outraged simply don't understand how the system works, who benefits, and how many safety procedures are in place. "I am in full agreement that there needs to be legislation and regulation controlling it," he says. "But people are under the impression that this is a slaughtering machine and, jiminy crickets, that's not what it is."

Hagberg, his first customer, also understands the concerns. "I totally understand why people are upset. But I think that if they knew someone like me, it would change their minds," he says. "I have wanted to go hunting for 18 years, but I haven't been able to. This opened a whole new world for me."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-04-remote-control-hunting_x.htm

 
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This is so stupid, and a insult to the hunters, the sport of hunting, and no respect for the animals. It's not hunting, it's murder. So I do hope they ban this crap.
 

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As a partially disabled hunter, I am totally against this practice of on-line hunting, and agree that it is unsportsmanlike conduct and should be outlawed in all states - It defeats the real experience in the outdoors that we as true outdoorsmen have all come to know and love.

There is a guy who is paralyzed from the waist down who hunts on a farm adjacent to one of my club's properties. He uses an ATV to get to his ground blind, manages to get through some pretty rough terrain, pulls himself into his seat at his ground blind, and has been very successful in his hunts for deer.

My next thought/question is, "What are they going to come up with next? - On-line computer fishing trips? Tuna, Marlin, Swordfish....
 

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I agree that it shouldn't be considered hunting but I am niether for it or against it. Who am I to tell someone else how to pick out thier meat? If the shot is true and the animals aren't just being wounded and left for dead somewhere then I really don't care if thats what some person does to put meat on his table! There are alot of people trying to tell me what I do (hunting & fishing) is wrong! I don't want to be one of those people to someone else just because his way of putting meat on the table is different then mine! To each thier own! I would never do it but thats just me....
 

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This guy should tie himself to a tree and we can shoot him with bean bag loads. What a bad way to promote hunting. I would side with the Anti's on this one and I love hunting this is not hunting.. BAN IT..!![down][mad]
 

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Step back for a minute and think about it. What's the difference from this and picking your lobster out of a tank? It's actually less removed than picking out your meat in a supermarket.

Like I said before, it's not hunting, it's shopping. We don't want to ban shopping, do we??
 

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Place the guy in the stand with his laptop two feet from the gun if he needs that to control it due to disabilities, otherwise forget it. He better have backup-who will trail and fire a followup shot if needed? This is dumb and not sportsmanship in any sense. Instead let this guy spend a day monitoring a drone flying over Iraq looking for the enemy.
 
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