Analysis Of Smart Rifles And Drones Are Making Hunting Ethical

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Smart Rifles and Drones are Making Hunting Unethical

“One thing I’m certain of is that if we ever become slaves to our technology, we can no longer call ourselves hunters” (Carmichel). Jim Carmichel, firearms expert and author for Outdoorlife.com, was talking about smart rifles and how people are becoming more and more dependent on the new technologies in hunting. He believes that this is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in the argument of fair chase. Fair Chase, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.” So the big question is whether
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Smart rifles are a new technology that were unveiled in 2011 and the most prominent feature is their “never miss” system (Tracking Point). That is what a smart rifle is, it is a never miss platform that calculates bullet drop, wind, distance, type of ammo the shooter is using and many others. “... the sight won’t allow the rifle to fire until the reticle coincides with a specific optimal point of aim. You can’t miss!” (Carmichel). What Jim Carmichel is saying here is that the computer inside the scope of the gun will not let the rifle fire until it is aimed in the proper spot. There is absolutely no skill involved with this besides moving the gun to line up with the spot that the rifle shows. Manufacturers of the smart rifles say the gun can hit targets that are over 1,800 yards away and targets that are moving at 30 mph. They also claim the rifle can adjust for animal movement (Schmitt). This is insane compared to the average distance of a shot taken by deer hunters somewhere around 100-200 yards. Even when a hunter is that close to his target with a normal rifle, he could do many things that make him miss the shot, or even make the deer run away. This means that the hunter needs a good amount of skill to do the right things to make the shot, but with the smart rifle, the hunter could be sitting over one mile away from the animal and …show more content…
Fair chase is the ethical and lawful taking of any animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage over the animal (Boone and Crockett). As talked about above, smart rifles are not fair by any means towards the animal, but drones and game cameras are just as bad. Eric Nuse, a retired Vermont game warden, gives a good point when he states: “A deer killed by a hunter with a homemade bow from 10 yards away is just as dead as one scouted by a drone tricked out with a high-resolution camera and killed at 1,00 yards with a smart rifle.” He states this while talking about fair chase and that how killing the animal is simply killing it, and the means or way of killing it is the only part that has to do with fair chase. This is a good point, but what he fails to recognize is that the hunter did have an unfair advantage of knowing where the animal will be because of the use of the drone. Drones, coupled with the use of a smart rifle, can be used to take animals out without the animal having the slightest bit of knowledge that someone is out there. The whole idea of fair chase is being on a level playing field as the animal and taking it ethically and legally. Using this advanced drone technology would be considered unethical by most people. In a recent article, Understanding Hunting Today, by Andrea Criscione and Mark Damian Duda, the two authors talk about the public

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