Tennessee Judge: Put Down the Controller and Go Kill a Turkey

As part of an attempt to clarify regulations relating to the upcoming Tennessee turkey hunting season, a local judge set aside some time in order to offer some advice to youngsters.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon, as quoted in The Chattanoogan, stated:

If young people spent more time in the woods and on the water and away from malls, video games and televisions, our juvenile delinquency and crime numbers would drop.

Moon, who used a bow and arrow to bag two turkeys last season, added, “Very few drug addicts and dangerous criminals are outdoorsmen.”

The Marion Country turkey hunting rules are actually quite confusing; make sure to click through to The Chattanoogan for a full breakdown as detailed by Judge Moon.

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15 comments

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    Flamespeak says:

    Deep southern GA raised, currently living in the sticks in SC, reporting in.

    Turkey is a difficult bird to hunt. They are extremely skittish and have amazing eyesight that isn’t movement based. It makes having a good hidey-hole difficult. They will fly away with the slightest provocation, but getting one to chatter with you is pretty fun. Let out a gobble and it will gobble back, but if it ever sees you, it will take off. This is why most hunters that go after turkeys put their stands up way in advance with a dummy inside of it so that the birds get used to the layout when the hunter takes the dummy’s spot.

    Sorry, getting off track there. Anywho, most people that are hunters and fishers don’t tend to have an interest in video games anyways because they already have a time sink. If they do like video games, it is usally a fishing or hunting game. Oh, and from my experience, most hunters tend to get quite drunk quite frequently. Not a good habit to be in while out in the woods with folks while armed with a loaded weapon.

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    JRGBruno says:

    I love the judge’s reasoning: replace a kid’s virtual bow and arrow with a real one and he’s less likely to kill people.

    I always wondered why Nintendo kept insisting that I properly strap on my Wiimote, but now I know why. People could get killed.

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    lordlundar says:

    And the League of Extrodinary Gentlemen just popped into my head, particularly the part of the difference between the hunter and the gunman.

    "I saw, it was very American. Fire enough bullets and hope to hit the target."

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    mogbert says:

    Wait, aren’t some of the most dangerous criminals in the world outdoorsmen? Terrorists living in caves, the unibomber… Australians…

    And since when is having kids killing animals the best way to keep them from becoming criminals? Isn’t that how a lot of psycopaths start out? I have nothing against hunting, I just don’t see it as a more balancing activity then gaming, that’s all. I grew up in the woods, and as soon as I graduated high school, I moved to the big city and have been happy ever since.

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    omikron48 says:

    "If young people spent more time in the woods and on the water and away from malls, video games and televisions, our juvenile delinquency and crime numbers would drop."

    If youngters spent all their time on video games or television, they wouldn’t even have time to be delinquent. How would one get in trouble if someone was already preoccupied with something else?

    “Very few drug addicts and dangerous criminals are outdoorsmen.”

    Yup, but some drug manufacturers are outdoorsmen, whether they be pot farmers or methlab operators.

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    Neeneko says:

    Ah selection bais…..

    Quite a few dangerous criminials are outdoors men, and they use those skills to evade capture just like thier urban equivelents.  Sure there are probably a smaller number, but city people in general outnumber country people per square mile since, well, cities are densly populated.

    I grew up in a rural area.. plenty of criminials.  Funny thing, crime tends to be high where there is poverty…. city or country…. maybe the judge livesin rich guy rural….

    As for encouraging young people to go out into the woods.. yeah.. all those woods in the middle of urban and suburban areas where games are a popular escape….  idiot.

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    Brokenscope says:

    "As part of an attempt to clarify regulations relating to the upcoming Tennessee turkey hunting season, a local judge set aside some time in order to offer some advice to youngsters."

    1 out of 14 paragraphs mentions that kids should do things that involve patience and physical activity is not really "setting some time aside is it"?

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