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Ethical debate takes big turn in bowhunting

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There may have been no more acute observer of the outdoors and hunting than Aldo Leopold, author of the iconic A Sand County Almanac.

In a 1943 essay, Wildlife in American Culture, he wrote, “then came the gadgeteer, otherwise known as the sporting-goods dealer. He has draped the American outdoors man with an infinity of contraptions, all offered as aids to self-reliance, hardihood, woodcraft, or marksmanship, but too often functioning as substitutes for them.”

Even earlier, in 1923, famed archer Saxton Pope wrote, “The true hunter counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.”

Glenn Hisey, director of records for the Pope and Young Club, of Chatfield, Minn., cited both these observations in describing how the club that is the records-keeper for big game archery hunting looked long and hard before deciding a pair of technological innovations do not violate the principle of fair chase.

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