spear hunting

Should Spear Hunting be Legal in All 50 States?

Spear hunting is lethal: Why isn't it allowed in all states?

Spear hunting: it gives us a taste of our ancient roots. It's arguably just as humane as archery hunting, if not more so. Yet, despite the overwhelming success rate by those who do partake in spear hunting where legal this form of hunting is till very much frowned upon.

Is it because it seems cruel? Is it because people are uneducated about harvesting wild game with spears?

The fact is, hunters who are pioneers in the industry for spear hunting are taking very accurate throws at short distances with lethal results.

However, I'm not going to lie to you and say all of these hunts are safe. For example, when there was an outcry against Josh Bowmar he threw a very lethal shot at a bear, but Josh seemed to be less than 10 yards away. While the hunt itself may have been unsafe, he prepared himself for that moment with copious amounts of practice.

In fact, this may have been the reason for the excitement on film. After so much practice the overwhelming joy of success sometimes overflows from emotion.

Then there's Tim Wells, who hunts with a spear often. Likewise, his shots are all at close range and a majority of the time very lethal.

So what's the big deal? Why isn't spear hunting allowed in every state?

The short answer is perception. In today's culture, if hunters, especially spear hunters, portray themselves negatively, the rest of the world won't support a practice that appears cruel. In reality, it's likely more humane than most forms of hunting.

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