good morning. there is a yearly duck-themed painting contest run by the federal government that is very prestigious and wildlife painters are upset because the trump administration added a new rule that the duck paintings MUST include hunting elements(!!!)

i am not anti-hunting particularly but what they mean by "hunting elements" is basically always, uh, literally trash

spent shells
lost calls
an empty blind

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i believe that hunting and conservation can be complementary but "take only pictures, leave only footprints" should really be an ideal even when you're on a hunt for a particular game bird. i do prefer to eat what's hunted though, sport hunting is a little weird

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