Sportsmen, Environmentalists Clash Over Predator Hunting

Exposing the Big Game

http://kjzz.org/content/98282/sportsmen-environmentalists-clash-over-predator-hunting

By  Stina Sieg

February 05, 2015

This week, a convention of predator hunters is gathering in Tucson. The group, called Predator Masters, hunts such animals as coyotes and raccoon and has drawn national criticism for what critics say amount to killing contests. The group disputes that term and says it isn’t planning an organized hunt during the convention. Still, controversy surrounding the sport remains.

It’s hard to tell the difference between an actual coyote’s howl and the plaintive yell longtime hunter Rich Higgins can make with one of his many breath-powered calling devices.

“I truly believe that humans are hard-wired, genetically, as hunter gatherers,” he said, after showing off a few of the cries. “So we’re just being true to our nature.”

Higgins is the president of Arizona Predator Callers, one of the many organizations in the state that legally hunts predators like coyotes on public land. He said…

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  1. poor teenage mentality doesn’t know the difference b/w killing and being a human, just has to kill. I wonder what this guy is like, need to remember he has a good side too. This takes a lot of concentration and compassion.

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  2. Small favours do not erase sins, Higgins (et al). You’re still a psychopath.

    “I truly believe that humans are hard-wired, genetically, as hunter gatherers,” he said, after showing off a few of the cries. “So we’re just being true to our nature.”
    No claws, no teeth, we are weak and frail and, in comparison to every other animal out there: pretty much blind, deaf and possessing virtually no sense of smell. We have no birth control and no sense of natural selection. So B.S.!

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  3. I’d like to believe humans are hard-wired for compassion, and it’s only the deranged perverts who embrace killing and justify it as part of our “nature.” Higgins, the ringleader of Predator Masters (get that — “masters” says it all), may have some good characteristics, but he has a major character flaw. I believe people who love maiming and killing have some kind of personality disorder and are basically bullies. They should be treated with contempt for the outcasts they are. They may indeed be hard-wired genetically for something. How about mental illness?

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  4. Hunting to genuinely put food on one’s table is one thing.

    Hunting for the joy of killing is quite another.

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  5. SPIRITUALLY BLIND DEAF AND DUMB .SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE NEED TO KILL !!

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  6. So, those creatures are nothing more than exciting moving targets. And what of their families, emotions and right to live?

    Such short shortsightedness, it boggles the mind.

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  7. I wish that I knew about this event earlier so that I could’ve written a letter/petition politely asking them to leave. Predator killers are not welcomed in Arizona!

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  8. “I truly believe that humans are hard-wired, genetically, as hunter gatherers,” he said, after showing off a few of the cries. “So we’re just being true to our nature.” –Rich Higgins

    What utter bullsh*t. Just the same old excuse to kill. They have forgotten their role in the larger scheme of things. Their true “nature” is one of sociopathy.

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