Just as each of us has evolved as a hunter, so too has mankind evolved as a species. We are a privileged race. Specialization of labor and mass production of all things food has made it no longer "necessary" to hunt or to gather food. Out of privilege is born ideology; a comprehensive, normative vision, that is often come by when one has ample choice. For example, one would be hard pressed to find a vegan in an impoverished and hunger stricken country. One such privileged view is that humans are so evolved a species that hunting is done purely for sport or blood lust, and that hunters are cruel and less evolved. On the surface, this argument seems to make sense. If it is possible to survive without hunting, why do people continue to do it if not for sport?
Another product of the specialization of labor and of privileged society is the depersonalization of life. Collectively, we are not responsible for building our homes, fixing our cars, disposing of waste, or procuring food. Man has grown to view himself as an onlooker of nature rather than a part of it. I believe man can become too dependent on society, and disconnected from nature for his own good.
By hunting, we choose to take an active part in nature, to follow natural predator instincts in pursuit of food. We process, package, and prepare the meat with pride. We appreciate the animal and use every piece. We are proud to serve friends and family wholesome food that we put so much effort into. Someone who buys meat at a grocery, and says hunting is barbaric is no less a killer. At the very least, the hunter put in time and personally took life to sustain his own, rather than to pay someone else to do the killing for him.
The intent of this article is not to defile the agricultural industry. With that being said, there is some merit to knowing where your food comes from. In an age of mass production, profit is king. This can sometimes have a negative effect on the final product. There is something to be said for knowing where your food comes from. When I serve wild game that I personally harvested, I know that my family is eating free range, organic, GMO free protein. I suppose that all of this could still be achieved without hunting. One could raise his own stock, slaughter, butcher, and eat and achieve the same goals. What is left that keeps hunters interested?
We cannot deny the thrill of the pursuit. For so many of us, hunting is a way of life, it is who we are. We invest time and money because we crave extraordinary experiences in nature and we want to test our will against it. We are a part of nature; it is personal and alive in us. It is an extremely rewarding way to get our food. Nothing can compare to the feeling of pursuing a mature animal in his own environment. We love the animals we pursue, and have the utmost respect for them. This is why we do what we do, this is who we are.
Why do you hunt?
If you are against it and are still reading, what is your opposition?
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