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Bullfrog

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Would it be tasteless...
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:19:55 PM »
... to film myself hunting monkeys?

Ok, I already know the answer to that. But I'd REALLY like it if ya'll would affirm what I want to do but know I ought not. ;)

In my part of Florida we have a feral population of rhesus monkeys. They are not protected by the state. Although the state does not openly encourage hunting them, privately the state condones killing every one seen because of the health risks they pose (most of the population carries herpes and the monkeys are aggressive towards people). However, the state has to grant special dispensation to go hunt the monkeys on the state land most of the monkeys live on because that state-owned land is otherwise closed to hunting. I don't think it would be too big a problem for me to get this permission from the state to go hunt the monkeys on the state land. But I also know as a condition they would want me to keep my actions quiet because wildlife officials know how bent out of shape the public would get if it was shoved in the public's face the extent that the state persecutes the monkeys. There are already several private trappers in operation who hunt and trap the monkeys for profit that the state keeps on the down low. I'm not interested in cutting into their "turf" so to speak.

What's tempting me is that I just got back from a three day camping trip and I discovered a troop of the monkeys about 10 miles outside of the state land boundary. This would be an area that I would be allowed to hunt them on as invasive exotics with no further permission needed. It would be like hunting hogs... except they'd be monkeys and not hogs. I observed them on two different days and I noticed they have a moderate fear of man. It wouldn't be like hunting tame zoo animals. In fact they reminded me of giant squirrels the way they behaved. They really didn't like me looking at them. When they realized they were being watched they would generally try to hide from me and if they couldn't hide well in my line of sight they'd move off.

I know I ought not do it and ultimately I won't. I could get away with shooting them in private and maybe even get a pat on the back from the local wildlife officers so long as I didn't talk about it. But as soon as I posted a Youtube scope cam video of a monkey getting his brains blown out it would make the local paper and cause a poo storm. So that's a no-no for me. But it brought up an interesting question to my mind:

How many of us have hunting practices that are 100% legal and even environmentally logical, but we keep to ourselves out of fear of judgment from other hunters or the public at large? Thoughts?
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2016, 06:23:23 PM »
Kill the hell out of em and send vids to wilsonj1018@live.com.
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 06:25:36 PM »
No names, but I do know someone in Florida, who does shoot them on sight. Apparently, if I am to believe him, they also carry simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV which is a close relative of HIV). While there is no commonality (monkey to Eurasian doves), I wonder what would be the outcry if I had filmed all of the Eurasian doves I've shot this year? If I were there (in your neck of the woods), I just do it, and not brag about it.
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 06:51:07 PM »
You can include Advantagewl@yahoo.com on that e-mail list for vids.
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 10:10:48 AM »
Shoot them bury them forget them .
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2016, 07:16:38 PM »
Kiss and don't tell a soul; no friends, family nada... NO photos or video's nada...
Remove all fragments of the pellet if possible as well that can be traced back to you.  That could be a real $$$$$ costly to you, it is not worth the harassment and possible spot light that could mess up your life.   
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Re: Would it be tasteless...
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2016, 02:53:56 AM »
S.S.S.. :-X... then pm me the pics!!!!  ;D
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