An English version of my article published in Sports Afield Russian Edition 1-2014.
Reproduced with permission from the publication.
New technologies often cause concerns among hunters. The new possibilities that the new fangled stuff gives to the user breed fears that the hunting will cease to be sporting, that the novelty will lead to extermination of the game, and even that the guy with the new stuff will get an unfair advantage over yourself. It gets to where new hunters who are after high-tech stuff begin to feel a little guilty about that. However, in the last 200 years hunting has seen many innovations. Did they all, or any of them, fulfill the doomsday omens uttered by the conservatives at the time of their appearance?
In the history of hunting, there wasn’t an innovation which was universally acclaimed and never met with resistance. Even the Forsyth’s ‘detonating gun’ faced some serious opposition. An “English Gentleman” from the pages of “The Gentleman’s Magazine” hoped that all “men of conscience and with a reflective turn will militate most venomously for the suppression of this new invention“, which, in spite of its “many vulgar advantages“, if applied to the military, “would threaten within a few years to destroy not only armies but civilization itself“. The same can be said about any innovation introduced in the almost two centuries which passed since the “English Gentleman’s” 1818 article. Continue reading