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Why is hunting important?

I was thinking about hunting and how it is threatened at times and why it is important.  Its importance transcends game management and conservation.  I believe hunting is important because it keeps us in touch with our primal self.  As humans, we should evolve and become more "civilized" but we should also maintain an inner primal self.  It is that primal self that drives us to compete, to sacrifice and endure hardships to better the lives of our families and it is that primal self that keeps our senses sharp.

Without a primal inner self, we become weak and become prey like deer.  I watch deer grazing under my stand and they are in constant fear.  Eat a bite, look around, take a step and look around.  Then two dogs on the hunt came in and their life was totally different.  They were "happy" and full of confidence enjoying the hunt. 

Hunting keeps us in touch with that primal self...the predator within.  For me, this is why protecting our hunting tradition is so important.

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I think why it's "important"

I think why it's "important" is a personal thing.  I really don't get in to the "primal" thing, but the reason I hunt is because of tradition, family, and food.  I have only shot 4 deer in my life, but I still look forward to each season with the same amount of anticipation.  I love getting back and hunting with my Dad, and I love swapping stories with him.  I wait for his phone call every morning and evening.  i am actually waiting as I type this, cause I know he is in the woods and I would like the phone to ringe any moment.

Also, deer is by far the best meat there is, in my dook.  I take every opportunity I can to eat some.

 

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No, my answer is the only

No, my answer is the only right answer Whistling Of course that isn't true and you are absolutely right, the answer is that it is personal.  We all hunt for different reasons and why we hunt is not important, but that we do hunt is.  I think hunters lose sight of the fact that we can be different and that is okay.  You hunt with bait, I don't...I hunt high fence, you don't....it just doesn't matter in the big scheme of things. 

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self sufficiency

In todays world of pre packaged food and pre packaged lifestyles, hunting is one of those few activities that serves to keep our self-sufficency skills alive.  It's also important to conservation and habitat.  There is and always will be a food chain to balance in this world.  In the true wilderness we are part of that food chain, not at the top of it.

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Your post reminds me of a t

Your post reminds me of a t shirt I saw recently.  It read, I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.  Pretty funny, but kind of sums it up.

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Your ancestors had to hunt
Your ancestors had to hunt or they would have died. So without hunting, you wouldn't be here. Also, if we didn't hunt, the population of game animals would be so high that they would be everywhere.
When the population of wildlife surpasses the amount of natural forage (food) then starvation occurs. Lack of sufficient nutrients and food leads to disease which causes a mass die off and extreme suffering. This is just an example of one of many reasons why it is so important to hunt, more commonly referred to as "herd management".
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To me hunting is no

To me hunting is no differerent than fishing, putting a garden or gathering, they are simply ways to meet your basic needs.  We hunt, fish, trap, gather and raise a garden for the same reason most people go to a job every day. We all have our reasons be they tradition, providing food, keeping in touch with nature, whatever they are all legitimate and moral in my book. That is assuming you are not wasting what you get.

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I know is that I love it. Maybe it is being in touch with a primitive predatory instinct. It is the only thing that puts me completely and wholly in the 'Zone'. You know how some athletes feel their in the zone when in that critical moment in the game? Well, that's how I feel when on the hunt wholly and completely in the moment where no other distractions enter into my conscience for that time frame. It is exhilirating and exciting and ironically makes me feel alive even though I am in the process of killing something. Kinda of a dichotomy when you think about it. But, I don't try to wrap my head around it too much but rather just let it flow because it's who I am.

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