Competition: The good, the bad and the ugly

Escalating competition in outdoor sports raises the stakes, bringing out the best or worst in us.

Updated: June 6, 2005, 11:19 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

The Great Outdoor Games are coming up soon. Bass and walleye circuits are in full swing. And clay target, single-action shooting and archery events are exploding all across the country.

Indeed, competition in hunting has become far more serious than the big-buck contest at the local sporting goods store.

Pro competition in outdoor sports is good for industry sales, pumps money into local economies, draws new people into the sports and provides inspiration.

A few people can ...

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Competition: The good, the bad and the ugly