Try sneeking up on a wild animal that depemds are superior senses to just be able to eat, survive, and defend itself.
Then, try making sure your shot is placed right, not just anywhere, tho, if you fail at a good shot, all you need is some French sauce........
This is not true. There are many families around where I live who supplement their winter food stores through hunting. In addition, whatever they do not use themselves they donate to a food bank after processing the meat.
Hunting feeds many many people.
I was talking from a much bigger angle there OMG73. Yes, it is still used as a source to feed, but it's not the majority of what it's used for now. Most hunting, in general in our modern society, is done for sport. It's a technology thing, not an opinion thing. You see very few people going out and using traditional, manual, forms of hunting (spear, bow & arrow and today's modern compound bows are hardly traditional in any sense of the word) rather than grabbing their high powered rifle and sitting in a blind for 6 hours getting drunk, waiting for some mindless animal to wonder by.
Oh, and I'm not trying to make this an anti-gun thing either, I'm currently in the market for a home defense shot gun and I'd like to get a Kimber semi-auto because of my small hands (H&K and a few others are to big, may end up with a Glock).
I see your larger point, yes. I guess I was referring specifically to deer season. It is a very big deal around where I live and many families use the short deer season here to really supplement their food stores by processing the meat and then canning/storing it. To the families I know, it is essential and not "just for sport" you can be sure. They use nearly every part of the deer minus the entrails.
Now if you are talking big game hunting like for moose, elk, lions, tigers and bears oh my, then yes, that is definately sport. Buffalo however is not, as those are once again being hunted and used in the traditional manner; a source of food and tools.
Is it really a 3-in-a-row day? Agree again!
I also have family in Michigan and Ontario, Canada that are big hunters, mostly for sport, but the meat gets distributed amongst the family. I have to say I'm a huge fan of venison myself, especially venison jerky!
You have ice spearing, yes they use metal spears, not bone.
You have non compound bows, yes, not made with catgut strings.
You have people who hunt, once shooting an animal, yes not a bow, nor with black powder etc etc, thats chases the animal a good distance, and carries it back to the vehicle, sometimes miles away.
So, carrying several hundred pounds of Elk or Deer miles I guess isnt sporting, and its all about.....not sure, they must be a sporting group doing this eh?
I now once again live in northern MN, where hunting is used for food, and relished once the season opens.
As is fishing and spearing.
Id add, using bow for Asian carp, which benefits the entire ecosystem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS7zkTnQVaM
The monies gained from liscenses from hunting and fishing help keep the animals and fish in abundance, often used to enhance habitat, as well as to reintroduce species that have long been gone from lakes rivers and land.
So, whether its hauling 200 pounds of animal thru brush, going out in high snow to feed starving deer, it is a sport, and many a thrill and a meal have come from a hunt
Its these sportsmen that have the largest impact in helping, both with time and monies, for all this and more
I dont understand the appeal of hunting... especially exotic animals...
what is the challedge there... worse case scenerio is u spent a bunch of money and didnt get to shoot the animal...
I understand paintball, that makes sense, since there is a risk/reward there...
help me understand, or is it just all about trying to make up for a small penis?
I used to hunt small game when i was a teenager. Partridge, rabbit, duck and also some fur animals for just preparing and putting up their coats on the wall as trophies. It was a challendge back then as we would walk all day in the woods to bring back one thing maybe once out of three times.
Slowly i reralised i likes the walking and being in the forest more than the shooting of the animals and just moved on to wilderness hiking
This is true, works been very busy and has curtailed my liberalizing of the forum!
Also, concerning the few annecdotes on hunting experiences and certain aspects of locale; remember, I said the big picture, not the big picture with a magnifying glass on your areas. And again, I freaking LOVE venison, buffalo and other "game" meats, I'm not saying its a bad thing, I'm saying the point of the act has shifted from necessity to sport as a whole.
I've hunted deer for years, unfortunately this year I missed out. I think that as long as you use the meat then it's all right. We give the hide away for my buddy to make moccasins with as well. The past few years I have seen a lot more idiots out there though. We had some a**hole shooting right on the road near the farmhouse and I've busted a few poachers, which I always report. My family has always hunted and had cattle. After growing up on it I find store bought meat just doesn't taste right.