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Name of the game

July 6, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:Fair chase hunting is as simple as one, two, three.

1. The big game animal must be able to see you, hear you and smell you, (to be able to use all of its natural defenses to detect you) as with any other predator, etc. This does not include any type of enclosed scent-proof structure or blind etc.

2. Baiting is illegal for any, all type of small game, No big game record books of any kind, will recognize an animal where any type of baiting has occurred. Even up to 10 days after all the bait has been removed from the area.

3. Examples of fair chase are:

(A) Sitting or trail watching, while waiting for big game to show up. The only bait pile here is in your pockets to help keep you warm, and enable you to sit still longer in the cold. Should you get bored, you can try calling the big game animal, using a call or a pair of old antlers etc.

(B) Still hunting or moving short distances at a time, while hiding behind trees and brush, trying to spot game that is on the move, before they have spotted you. This will help keep you warm on very cold days, when big game are moving the most. Other predators will be showing you how it's done as well.

(C) Driving big game out, or walking through the woods toward positioned hunters in hopes of flushing game out to them. This is the most dangerous method of all.

(D) Tracking or getting an early start after a fresh snowfall, seeking out the freshest of tracks, or the largest, keeping as far as possible to either side, to keep from being spotted by bedded big game (who will be watching their back trail for cougars or wolves). Spotting them before they spot you (or fair chase) is the name of the game.

David Moraska

Iron Mountain



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