Responsibilities of Hunters

2 12 2010

I just came across a post from WiredToHunt, A Reminder of Our Responsibility As Hunters.

He makes a very good point. Not everyone hunts, and there certainly are a lot of people out there that believe the sport shouldn’t even be allowed. Now I could argue until I’m blue in the face on the morality and ethics of hunting, but what I want to do here is reiterate the point that WiredToHunt is stating.  We, as hunters have a responsibility to build and maintain a positive image for this sport that we love.

Some important values to hunt by:

Respect the animal

Never take a shot if you don’t think it will be a kill shot.

Appreciate a kill, an animal gave it’s life to feed you.

Exhaust all options before giving up a search for a hit animal.

Respect the environment

Leave a small human foot print and make sure you pick up after yourself.

Respect your neighbors

Don’t trespass, get permission to hunt on a property.

Also get permission to track shot animals if they wander onto neighboring properties.

We can all work together as a hunting society to prove that we hunt for the love of the sport and our appreciation of wildlife and the environment. A respectable hunter will take the time every so often to review and understand our responsibilities.  Before your next trek into the woods take a minute to consider why you hunt and the image you, as a hunter, want to leave on the non-hunting society.

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Greenhorn Hunting

25 11 2010

One of the new hobbies I’ve taken up in life is hunting.  It’s quite an amazing feeling to sit up in a tree stand, 20 feet off the ground. Waiting, quietly, patiently for that elusive whitetail deer to walk into range.  At which point you have the choice. You decide whether or not it should be taken down.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t do it for the sake of killing a defenseless animal.  I do it for the my love of the earth’s bounty, for the comradery, and of course for food. It’s an excellent means of meditation while I sit there in the wilderness all alone, at one with nature.  I know, it’s sounds so cliche to be ‘at one with nature’, but it’s true.  You need to experience what I’m talking about in order to understand.

I currently bow hunt in a group of my father’s-in-law.  We haven’t seen much yet this year, but we’re hoping that it will pick up once the snow start flying. Our gang of about 8 men have only shot 1 deer during this bow season and we’ve only seen 3 or 4.  It seems like the weather and many other factors are playing into this season in a powerful way.

I’m looking forward to be able to share my experiences as I learn to become a hunter.