We are called heartless. We are called murderers. We are called numerous things but what do you really know about us hunters and huntresses?
Did you know most of us are very passionate about the outdoors that we love? Did you know on average hunters pack out more garbage left behind from hikers and atv riders? That we pride ourselves in the phrase leave no trace? That hunters are actually very compassionate about the suffering of animals both wild and domestic. Many hunters and huntresses will shoot a wounded buck over the monster buck. Usually means less meat or sometimes no meat at all but that the animal is no longer suffering. We have big hearts and last year I have an example of that. Last year on my fall hunt I spent more time looking at my feet than I did for the deer because of the waterdog (as we have called them our whole life) migration. You heard me correctly they leave the Chetco River and travel up the mountain. It was insane the amount of waterdogs on the mountain. The ground looked like it was moving. I spent more time in awe of those little creatures, hence why I probably did not shoot a buck on that hunt. O’well at least I got to see something so cool and interesting.
I own my share of animals, 1 horse, 1 pony, 5 chickens, and 3 dogs. When my parents come to visit they bring their pet pig and their 2 dogs. Our dogs sleep on the couches and beds. My parents pig Oscar is potty trained and has free range of the house. Spoiled critters to say the least. We had 2 rabbits but they are now in our freezer since that’s the reason we raised them. My point is we do care about animals. You will find us standing up against animal abuse, and helping ranchers with their cattle. Currently some devastating things are going on across the country and hunters are coming along side their friends and family to help save as many animals as they can. I have seen article after article of hunters, yes hunters saving bucks locked up together, saving fawns from fences, saving a coyote even though in normal circumstances his life would be snuffed out for killing fawns. There is a level of compassion that I feel people miss out from understanding us outdoor lovers. My family has came from a long line of hunters and we have rescued everything from fawns to raccoons. Taught from a young age that we are to have compassion and respect for the animals that eventually will be the food on our table.
Oscar the cool pig.
I would be a liar if I said I don’t feel a wave of emotions when I pull the trigger and take the life of an animal. That also includes butchering our own animals that we raise for meat. I spend hours and days perfecting my shot so that the animal will die a quick death. I am thankful for an animal that died to provide food for my family. I harvested animals that were not tortured to death to provide for the masses. Pigs are boiled alive for grocery store shelves but ranchers and hunters are being bullied and harassed for providing a clean quick kill on a wild boar or private farm raised pigs. A wild boar or private farm raised pig is clean meat, not full of hormones and being able to run free for most of its life.
My heart breaks for animals that are drowning in the floods, animals being grown in awful feedlot conditions. Another reason I am wholeheartedly for growing our own food and hunting the outdoors. Most hunters spend hours, days, months in the mountains. We don’t get to step out our back door and pull the trigger except on those rare occasions that you may own over 5 acres in the woods with no surrounding neighbors. We spend so much money, time and energy for the conservation of our public lands. We keep the trails clean and we turn in poachers. Many times I have seen poachers put in the same category as a hunter. I believe they are absolutely not in that category whatsoever. Poachers will leave an animal to rot after they have taken the horns. My husband and his friend turned in poachers last year after they witnessed a bull be shot but no one showed up to harvest the animal. They called it in and the Fish and Game Officer gave the meat to my husband’s friend after he took all the evidence they needed. Not all poaching acts are caught that quickly.
An elk provides meat for a year for my family sometimes less depends on how much we donate or give as a gift. How many of you know that people that don’t hunt themselves love the meat because it’s delicious, clean and lean? I know many people that cherish the gift and save it for special occasions. They even ask me to make bear chili for the potlucks even though many of them don’t hunt.
There it is folks. I don’t believe at all that we are heartless. We have big hearts and we care for our families and animals. God said in Genesis 27:3 ” Now then, get your equipment, your quiver and bow, and go out to the open country and hunt some wild game for me”. Proverbs 12:27 also says ” The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt”. I believe that God has provided means for us to eat from vegetables to meat. I believe that compassion has to be involved in both gardening and hunting. As Mufasa says in the lion king ” Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.”…”When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great circle of life” And yes I have small children so I just quoted the Lion King movie in a post about hunting. Hope you all enjoyed and please feel free to comment or ask any questions.