Saturday, December 12, 2009

Why Do Hunters Hunt - Why Do You Hunt?

From Outdoor Idaho

HI, I'M BRUCE REICHERT, AND WELCOME TO OUTDOOR IDAHO.

YOU KNOW, MOST HUNTERS NEVER THINK ABOUT WHY THEY HUNT. THEY
JUST DO IT. THEY'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS AND THEY FRANKLY
CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD OBJECT. BUT WHEN YOU PUT THEM
ALL TOGETHER, ALL THE ELK HUNTERS AND DEER HUNTERS AND BIRD
HUNTERS, THE SIMPLE FACT REMAINS THAT HUNTERS ARE A DISTINCT
MINORITY IN AN ACTIVITY THAT HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY
CONTROVERSIAL.

IT'S SEPTEMBER IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK AND TED KERASOTE IS
IN HIS ELEMENT. AN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER FOR "SPORTS AFIELD" AND
AN AUTHOR OF A BOOK ON HUNTING, KERASOTE HAS SPOTTED A BULL ELK
WITH ITS HAREM OF COWS.

TED KERASOTE, HUNTER AND AUTHOR:
WE'RE WATCHING THIS SIX POINT BULL ELK HERD HIS HAREM OF COWS.
HIS AIM OF COURSE IS TO PASS ALONG HIS OWN GENES AND SO HE WANTS
TO PROTECT HIS COWS FROM BEING STOLEN BY SOME OTHER BULL.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE BULL ELK BUGLE AS WE HAVE THIS MORNING, IT'S A
WAY OF DISPLAYING HIS POWER AND SIZE TO OTHER BULL ELK. ALSO YOU
WILL NOTICE BULL ELK OFTEN NOD THEIR HEAD BACK AND FORTH AND IT'S
A WAY THAT OTHER ELK AT A DISTANCE CAN TELL HOW BIG THEIR ANTLERS
ARE BY THE ARC THAT THE TIP OF THE ANTLER DESCRIBES IN THE SKY.
IN THIS WAY, ELK AVOID CONFRONTATION.

WHAT IS INTERESTING IS SOMETIMES TO WATCH TWO SIX POINT BULL ELK
JUST LOCK ANTLERS AND PUSH AND SHOVE AND SQUEAL, SUDDENLY BREAK
APART AND ONE WILL LOOK AT THE OTHER ONE AND WHEEL AROUND AND RUN
AWAY, AS IF HE HAS DECIDED, "WELL, THAT IS ENOUGH FOR TODAY. I
DON'T WANT TO RISK ANYMORE."

REICHERT:
IN A FEW WEEKS, WHEN HUNTING SEASON OPENS, KERASOTE WILL TAKE HIS
RIFLE INTO NEARBY NATIONAL FOREST LAND AND WILL ATTEMPT TO END
THE LIFE OF ONE OF THESE 800 POUND ANIMALS.

KERASOTE:
THE ELK THAT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING, LIVE IN A SEAMLESS WORLD. THEY
LIVE TOTALLY WITHIN THE CYCLES THAT SUPPORT THEM AND MOVE THEM
FROM BIRTH TO DEATH.

HUNTING BRINGS YOU FACE TO FACE WITH THE CYCLES THAT SUPPORT YOU.
WHEN YOU GO OUT AND YOU TAKE THE LIVE OF A BIG BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL,
AS WE'VE SEEN, YOU CAN'T DENY ANY LONGER THAT LIFE, SOME LIFE HAS
TO DIE TO FEED OTHER LIFE. AND YOU BECOME MUCH MORE PERSONALLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR IT.

I THINK ALSO, YOU BECOME HUMBLE ABOUT YOUR PLACE IN THESE CYCLES.
AND YOU ALSO DEVELOP A MORE HEIGHTENED SENSE OF COMPASSION FOR
ALL THE CREATURES THAT SHARE THE EARTH. YOU CAN'T LIGHTLY CAUSE
HARM ANYMORE.

REICHERT:
WHY DO HUNTERS HUNT? WHAT SATISFACTION COMES FROM TAKING THE
LIFE OF ANOTHER SENTIENT CREATURE?

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2 comments:

  1. I hunt because I love it. I love the process of caluclating and waiting for the right time to strike. I particularly love discussing deer with my friends. It feels like I am in tunne with nature.....hunting deer.....I cant live without it...

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