I don't intend to be 'wordy' here... but perhaps that may happen.
I grew up hunting... best days of my life, other than my family stories.
I got "out" of hunting some years ago... mostly because I couldn't find any 'hunters' anymore... MY term... people I knew loved the 'kill'... but that's not hunting, the way *I* interpret it.. and I'm not speaking for, nor chastising ANYone.
It's changing for me today, with grandchildren. Hunting once again appears to me the noble and wondrous activity it once was for me. I am PROUD of it, or what it once was. I do not want my grandkids to revel in 'killing'... I want them to understand what it means to be responsible hunters. I want them to understand the full signifcance and meaning of what being a real 'hunter' actually means. When the rest of the world, (I'm a farmer), believes that food grows on the shelves of your local supermarket I want my grandkids to know the TRUTH, and NOT be hypocrits.
In a world of what I perceive as 'chaos'... I can offer my grandkids something beyond the fallacies and what idealogues offer as 'truth'.
I suppose, in fact I'm sure of it, that I always knew that hunting... at it's essence, was the best lesson I learned in this life.... and I mean to pass that on.
It's a bold, fresh, new day for me... to come back to my roots, with my grandkids in tow. They probably will be like me... they will shed a tear when they take their first deer... HEY... they should... I wouldn't want it any other way. The 'hunting' experience IS compassion... mixed with reality, and absolutely withOUT the hypocrisy.
This forum is NOT well participated in... I wish it was. But it's still a wonderful discovery for me... to know that others still understand what being a hunter actually means... not what other's define us as, but what we actually ARE. I'll stick around, even without many replies... because we have to keep the faith.
I have known, as you have, many people in my life... and with very few exceptions the BEST of whom I have known have been "Hunters".
Even they fail miserably in life sometimes... but I have never known a true 'hunter'... not a poacher, or 'killer', to fail in finding his true worth in what ethical 'hunting' was to him, or her.
Just saying... - JamesJM