Illinois lawmaker targets remote-control hunting

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March 9, 2007 19:08

 
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Slouched at a computer, the "hunter" perks up as a 12-point buck eases into view on his screen. Maneuvering his mouse, he swivels the rifle and focuses the cross hairs. With a click of the mouse, the rifle fires a bullet, mortally wounding the animal. Call it hunting by remote control. And though still more concept than trend, lawmakers in several states have set their sights on stopping the practice in its tracks. Illinois state Rep. Dan Reitz has proposed banning such hunting in Illinois, saying such "ready, aim, click" kills, or the prospect of them, push the ethical envelope and violate the spirit of "fair chase" hunts. "I just think it's wrong," Reitz said, adding that use of such technology - which features a webcam and a .22-caliber rifle atop a remote-controlled rig - would "give all sportsmen a black eye."

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