Monday, November 29, 2004

Hunting Season

As I write this, hunting season has started in Pennsylvania and the hills are dotted with fluorescent orange. Hunters swarm over the usually peaceful hills attempting to kill a deer. These hunters have a variety of different reasons for their activities. There are those that I refer to as “legitimate” hunters. These individuals are trying to put food on the table for their families. Although I disagree with them philosophically about the need for their activities, I understand and accept their position. There are also those who hunt for the “thrill” or for trophies, and I do not support their activities.

Those who hunt for the thrill make claims that non-hunters simply don’t understand them because they haven’t experienced it for themselves. Well, I’ve been around long enough and done enough to know what a thrill feels like. I can understand the thrill involved in tracking and finding a deer through rough country and under trying conditions. But to take pleasure in the taking of a life, no, sorry, that I simply cannot understand. It’s just plain sick. If you need to feel the thrill of the hunt, why not just play paintball? Surely the human opponent would offer much more of a challenge, much more of a “thrill” than an animal whose only defense is some camouflage and the ability to run.

And what about those that hunt to put a trophy on the wall? What’s the purpose? If it’s to display the beauty of the animal, then why not take a picture instead of killing it? Is it for bragging purposes? What glory is there in killing a defenseless animal with a high-powered rifle? Are they trying to compensate for more than their Viagra prescriptions deliver? Somehow, this group equates manhood with dominance, force, and violence. Somewhere along the way, their vision of manhood has been distorted. Real men don’t need to prove their manhood. It is simply self-evident in the honesty, compassion, and strength of character.

1 comment:

magx01 said...

I cannot overstate how much I agree. It's something that could so easily be countered with a few simple questions, well, perhaps not, since these cretins wouldn't be able to answer even the most smplistic of inquiries.