Chances are you walked many miles before you downed that prized buck or bull. You are proud, pleased and maybe just a little eager to let folks know how well you have done. Not everyone, however, shares your enthusiasm. There are many thoughtful, well-intentioned people who find the sight of dead game unattractive.
When you bring down a big game animal with bullet or arrow, you have achieved the immediate goal of your hunt. But, don’t let the excitement of the hunt make you lose sight of the importance of what comes next.
As an ethical hunter, you must field dress and transport your prized animal property.
Showing off a bloody animal draped across your vehicle only adds fuel to the flame started by animal rights activists and anti-hunting groups. Even people unopposed to hunting may develop an unfavorable opinion of hunters at such a display. Worse, transporting game on top of a hot vehicle is a terrible waste of game meat!
Show the same respect for your game after the kill as you did before the kill. And, please, show respect for the feelings of others.