I had someone ask me the other day why I hunt?
That caused me to do some deep thinking, and I think pride is my best answer. I enjoy eating things I grow in my garden. It provides a measure of self-sufficiency and accomplishment that going to the local grocery store doesn't. The same can be said of hunting, in that I have to harvest the animal, and there are no guarantees that I will be successful.
While I could go to the store and purchase my meat, it doesn't reward one with the same taste, or even the self satisfaction of using one's skill, knowledge, and luck to acquire what one consumes. I will state that I am a meat hunter first. Maybe that's because I haven't taken enough game to grow bored with filling my freezer when I get the opportunity. I also hunt predators, but for a different reason. That reason is purely selfish, and I will admit that. Coyotes kill calves, antelope, elk, and deer. All of those are animals I like cooked and on my plate. That means that to ensure that I have something to eat, I take the opportunity to shoot coyotes whenever I can.
Society has become removed from nature, and while I live in a city, I do my best to get back to my roots as often as I can. For me that means open space, mountains, cattle ranches, and making do with what nature gives you while adapting to the conditions. We no longer consider where our meat comes from, being that we are so far removed from the process of harvesting it. I have been away from hunting, outside of some predator control hunting here in the states and down under, but that is fast changing. I have my wife, a true farmer's daughter, to thank for that. She started a garden and I enjoyed eating what she grew so much that it morphed in to wanting to harvest my own meat and become more self sufficient.
This will be a journey as I embark on new hunting adventures to fill my freezer like I used to.