Sitting Bull is famously quoted as saying "I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice.”
If you are a hunter, you know exactly what he meant. Peter Hathaway Capstick reasoned that there is biological proof that humans evolved as hunters. He explained herbivores (prey animals) have eyes on opposite sides of their head to better watch against danger. But all hunting mammals have forward facing eyes with which we focus on the prey ahead while stalking and pursuing them when they flee.
Our lives would be incomplete without the hunt. Yet there are times when the hunt must pause. Game laws and closed seasons protect against over hunting. New York’s spring turkey season ended yesterday. It is a long wait until the September goose season and even longer until we can pursue cotton tails and white tails in the fall. I used to find this wait almost unbearable. I would feel frustration seeing deer casually browsing in the summer fields. I filled my evenings with reading about other’s hunts and longing for a chance to get back in the field.