killing an animal that is NOT an invasive species just for fun, compensating for a small ....
I have no prob shooting carp. Exterminate wild pigs all you want. But killing animals purely for sport........... is a douchebag pursuit IMO
feel free to eat it and I am fine with it.
The irony in your post is strong. "You can kill things if I don't like them, but if I like them, then don't kill them".
Jest thinking out loud...but I believe the point here is not kill or not kill, it is kill for management not for sport alone.
Killing pests because they are pests, damaging the environment, spreading disease, destroying crops or property, is not the same thing as killing a non-pest species strictly for the thrill of the kill.
Bass fishermen and others need to understand that keystone predators like alligator gar are a necessary and contributory species. Especially the larger ones that utilize carp, large gizzard shad, large tilapia, large sunfish, etc. for prey provide the service of stimulating the production of smaller prey for the bass and other smaller predators by removing some of the overabundance of large (unavailable to the bass due to size) prey animals.
Fisheries lacking such keystone predators tend to become unbalanced with large prey and small predators (like a pond with big bluegills and small bass).
As the fishery for large gar specimens grows and becomes more popular, more cash generating for the economy and a more important aspect of the overall fishery in many places, the larger individuals should come under extreme protection and not be rapidly killed off, being slow to replace.
This also applies to fisheries like the one for large common carp in Austin. Protect the fishery that stimulates the economy.
Believe it or not, there is more than largemouth bass to fish for and some folks see the largemouth bass as a stupid brute easily fooled onto a hook by the rankest of amateurs. Wherein it takes true finesse and skill to entice and land an animal like a carp or a gar.
So I s'pose, in the end, irony does indeed rule the day.