I agree entirely! that was put as excellently as it was wise and thought provoking. i'm not a hunter of any sort, occasionally shooting a rat on my bird feeder would be one of my only exceptions. I too believe in hunting only what one needs to eat, as for pest control (pigeons), I normally use home-made foam tipped stun darts. in the past my parents used rat poison for the ones in the ceiling, i eventually prevailed upon them to stop and instead I practiced "catch and release." thanks for showing concern. lol i honestly don't know what i would use the poison for as I doubt i'll ever have need, it's more of a novelty for me than anything else, if that makes any sense. in my above post i guess you could say i was joking around as i couldn't shoot a bird with something lethal and not regret it unless it's for food.Chips, over the years of Blow Gunning that I have been involved in the hobby/sport this subject has come up many many times and generally speaking now it is usually met with the same thoughts and although those thoughts are not always voiced most are of disapproval for the idea and it is generally the younger members of the forums who bring up this topic the most.
I can only see the use of poison being justified in situations of needing to provide sustenance in places like the jungles where such poisons like curare (spelling?) are used which when introduced to the blood stream of the animal kills the animal but does no harm to the person who consumes that animal. Very very special knowledge is needed in the preparation of these substances that has been learned and past down through generations of tribal peoples which I'm pretty sure you don't possess.
The other scenario I could see someone wanting to use poison is in vermin control like rats, racoons etc. It has been mentioned that Monkshood/Wolfsbane could be used by Chimes. Yes this is a deadly poison of great notoriety. But what is seldom known is what a long and painful heinous death this and many other poisons inflict on the animal that is is being used on. i don't believe in shooting anything I'm not going to eat just for sport with the exception of problem animals that do harm to property or could spread disease but I don't hate those animals so why oh why would I want to inflict such treacherous torture on these animals by using poison? I can with a little planning dispatch them far more humanely than by the use of poison and so can you. Please re-think your plans of their use.
Hey GhostHawk,Well I can't speak for anyone else, but living in Fargo ND there is not a whole lot up here that is really capable of being turned into a fatal poison. Plenty of stuff that might make you sick, but trying to brew it into a poison could make you sick also.
If I lived further south I'd be looking at things like snake venom. Not that hard to find, and a smear on a dart could well be fatal to a smaller animal.