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Why do you hunt?

Hello. I'm a student doing a cert 3 in Animal Studies. As part of this course I have to do a presentation on an animal rights issue and I've chosen to do Sport Hunting.

I would just like to hear for you guys, from your point of view. Why it is you hunt.

I would appreciate that a lot.

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Re: Why do you hunt?
Rhiannon wrote:
Hello. I'm a student doing a cert 3 in Animal Studies. As part of this course I have to do a presentation on an animal rights issue and I've chosen to do Sport Hunting.

I would just like to hear for you guys, from your point of view. Why it is you hunt.

I would appreciate that a lot.

i was about to start this thread as in i also have the same query... i don't generally hunt. I also would like to know what is there that draw people to hunt.. thnks for starting it amazing thread...

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Why do you hunt?

I hunt first for the feeling it ties me to my ansesters, it is a carried on tradition from the beginning of time no matter where you are from. Europe, Africa,Asia, or the Americas..
Second it puts food on the table that is range feed, no Bovine groth formula or antibiotics.
I use my holidays to hunt so the cost is minamal.
I find it puts me more in touch with nature, you don't truly know an animal untill you have studdied their habits. It also gets me to places that I would not normaly see. There are places off the the trail that are so beautifull that it would take you breath away and without hunting most people would never see from the road or the trail.
I also find it meditative all the pressures of every day life fade when you are in the bush. So I would call it escapeizm (sp) without having to use drugs or alcohol.
The comradity with the people I hunt with. You will never find closer friends than your hunting buddies.
Knowing that you are hellping to manage the wildlife in your area so that the risses and falls of the animals are kept more stable than if you were to let preditors be the only sourse of wild life management.
Let me explane, If you left herd management to the preditors that you would have real highs and lows in the the amount of game animals. Lets say deer the deer would populate untill the amount of food avalable would not be enough to substaine the herd and then there would be a masive die off. This would be followed by the preditors . The thing with peditors is they are more opratunistic and as they are dieing off from starvation and mange they would loose their fear of humans and mabe look to them as a food source.
I tell ya I would not want to leave my kids outside with hungry wolves and bears around. People who say that wolves don't atack people tell that to the guy who went out for a walk by the mining camp he was working at up in northern Manatoba two years ago and was set on by a pack of wolves. The MNR said it was bears but I don't know of any black bear out of hybernation in february. sad
I hope this helps.
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Why do you hunt?

Why do I hunt?

Because I love it.

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Why do you hunt?

Rhiannon, here is a link to a previous thread and article that you may find helpful. Good luck with your presentation.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20465

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Why do you hunt?

Thankyou very much guys. That was really good of you.

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Why do you hunt?

Because it's a great way to prove self sufficiency and put prime organic meat on the family table. Lots of trendy city people today like to pay high dollar and buy their organic meat. Not me. I prefere to pick up a rifle, shotgun, or fishing rod and go get my organic food.

Beyond that I do it for the tradition and to keep those skills alive. I do it because I enjoy the outdoors far away from where most city types, hikers, and climbers will ever go. I enjoy the time in the wilderness, spent with friends. I enjoy the challenge. But through and through it's never been a trophy I'm after. The animals I take are strictly for the meat, for food. Nature provided this stuff to us, it's work to get it, but it's darn rewarding to know that you can provide much of your own food. It's a heritage that's quickly being lost with todays generation.

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Why do you hunt?

For me, it's pure love of nature. I grew up on a farm, and need to reconnect with the earth periodically.

Hunting affords me that chance, and let's me get away from all the stuff I deal with day to day and focus on the basics -- woods, weather, warmth, the smell of the leaves, the bite of the air, lungs grabbing for oxygen, and trying to pit my brain against an animal that has every other advantage over me.

I also enjoy the companionship of a good partner around a fire, or forming a special bond with my sons. And in a world of mental stress, there's nothing better than walking dog-tired into a warm house on a cold day.

And then there's something primal about going back to one's roots -- practicing skills our ancestors relied on, and knowing I'm not so domesticated that I can't survive without the corner grocery.

Don't get me wrong...the meat's good, but I've reached the point where I can have just as much fun helping a son or friend hunt successfully.

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