I work with a guy that is a non-hunter(grew up in NJ,non-hunting family) and he understands what hunting is FINALLY. I have had to explain to him multiple times of why I hunt and that it is not just for the "killing". Yesterday he asked me if I could take him hunting so he can fill his freezer with organic meat and understand why I do it. Of course I told him yes..........hopefully he wont ask me to have a soy burger now! Hubba-I have to thank you like everyone else has for spending 5 minutes to explain what we really do and why we hunt. Maybe just maybe you have created a hunter.
Explaining the feeling of accomplishment of the harvest is an impossible chore for us. It has to be experienced. Do I enjoy the kill? Well, yes, but it isn't in the taking of life. it something deeper. I read a story in Backpacker (or Outside, or one of 'em) recently where the non-hunting author went on his first hunt, and tried to explain the pride and elation he felt when he was successful. He couldn't do it. Some people over-simplify it, and say killing is killing. Maybe the "tree-hugger" in the beginning of this thread now realizes it isn't as simple as he thought. Well done, Hubba!
Originally Posted by BADbuckfever