Airgun Hunting Ethics
March 19, 2015
The guys over at Pyramid Air have always been great about providing good information on airguns, from choosing the right gun, to maintenance, to customization. While there are a handful of good resources out there, they’re usually my first stop when I’m looking for information on the topic. In addition to their reviews, articles, and blogs, they also have a forum where people can chat and discuss pretty much all things airgun. In addition to using the site for my own, occasional research, it’s where I almost always direct people who have questions about this topic.
Why does the topic come up enough for me to mention Pyramid Air? Mostly, I suppose, because interest in hunting with airguns, and the trend in “adult” airguns has really gained some momentum in the past few years. With the press of new guns (and ammo), there has also been a surge of videos and social media posts about killing everything from squirrels and pigeons to buffalo with these things. Unfortunately, a lot of what’s shown up out there is pretty questionable, such as shooting feral hogs with .22 caliber pellet rifles.
It’s with this in mind that I was glad to see the following email in my box today.
Hunt Smart, Not Pigheaded
When hunting with airguns, it is important to remember to hunt in a humane manner. But it doesn’t end there. As members of this fast growing community, it’s up to us to educate each other – both seasoned and those new to the sport – about the proper way to hunt with airguns.
What can you do? Spread the word. Educate new airgunners on forums about the appropriate caliber needed for different sized game. Don’t forward videos or information to other airgunners that promote unsafe and/or unethical practices.
At Pyramyd Air, we monitor customer comments and don’t publish those that offer incorrect uses for airguns. In our hundreds of calls a day, we educate customers and recommend the correct product for their needs – whether its plinking, pest control or hunting. Do the airgunning community a favor, and educate yourself on a regular basis.
I think this is in line with some of the recent discussions I’ve been involved with, both here on the Hog Blog, on Facebook, and in other areas. Rather than jumping in to criticize, sometimes we’re all better served by trying to offer constructive feedback. I think it’s fair to say that most of the people who post or write objectionable things simply don’t have the benefit of knowing better. Let’s help them learn, without turning every discussion into a pissing contest.