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Two Hunting Dilemmas

A dilemma is a situation in which you have to choose between two unpleasant choices.

Violation of Hunting Law Dilemma

It was five days after the end of the deer hunting season, and David was cutting firewood from a wood lot on his farm. While loading some logs on his wagon, he heard a rifle shot which sounded fairly close to him. He didn’t pay too much attention since the neighbor boy does some target shooting about once every two weeks.

As David drove his tractor and wagon back to his house, he noticed his friend Bob’s pickup truck at the far end of the farm. Bob was an avid hunter who thoroughly enjoyed deer hunting. After parking his load of firewood in his driveway, David walked back to Bob’s truck.

Upon arrival, he found Bob dragging a field-dressed white-tailed doe out of the woods. Bob explained that he needed some meat for the table as he has been laid off from work for over a year. His last unemployment check had arrived about five weeks ago.

When David returned to his house, he found the local game warden in his driveway inquiring about purchasing some firewood.

What should David do?

What Would You Do?

You and a friend are hunting ducks on the river. The daily limit is three ducks per hunter. Your friend has bagged his three ducks and stopped hunting. You’ve shot two ducks and decide to try for one more.

Your friend comes along. A mallard flushes from the river in perfect shooting distance. You shoot and see the duck fall, but it lands in the river and is quickly swept downstream and out of sight. You both search for the duck, but can’t find it. Your friend says to forget about it, there are plenty of ducks, and one more or less doesn’t make a difference. You’ll be sure to find another one to shoot.

You probably feel bad that you couldn’t find the dead duck, but you know that the three-a-day limit counts only for ducks that you claim and bring home. Legally, you can continue to hunt for another duck. But you know that you have already killed three ducks.

What do you do? Do you continue to hunt? Do you stop for the day?

Your decision will be based on your personal set of ethics.

Write down what you would do and why.

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