3 SURPRISING REASONS I AM A HUNTER
Anyone that is even remotely tuned in to what is happening in our current culture knows the subject of hunting is very controversial. Just a simple internet search for “why hunting is good/bad” will bring up more material than you could possibly read in a day. Obviously, I am a hunter and I am writing from the perspective of someone who is in favor of hunting and supports hunting rights. What might surprise you though are the reasons that I would give for why I am a hunter.
1. Hunting Helps Me Value Life
As a hunter, there are things that I get to see and experience that cannot or would not be experienced in any other way. When you are personally responsible for taking the life of an animal you instantly recognize the value and significance of life. You understand that life is precious and that it is something that we as human beings cannot duplicate. Hunting allows you to see your place in life. To recognize that your life too is frail, just as a hunter takes the life of an animal, one day you and I will reach the end of our life. Whether harvested by a hunter, attacked by a predator or starved out by disease and old age, all animals will eventually die. This is reality. Hunting plays an important role in the management of wildlife and the hunter has a huge responsibility and owes it to the animal she harvests to understand that role and feel the weight of what it means to be a hunter.
2. Hunting Makes Me A Better Person
Hunting brings out the best in me. I was born to fill this role. There has never been a time in my life where I was not a hunter. Hunting challenges me in ways that nothing else in life can. Discipline, hard work, strategy, preparation, planning and organizing, you show me a hunter who is successful year after year and I will show you an individual who possesses all of these skills and most likely applies them to other areas of life as well.
3. Hunting Builds Strong, Healthy Families
If it were not for hunting there is no telling how my life would have turned out. My father introduced me to the outdoors at very young age. The bond between us is hunting and the outdoors, even to this day. During those difficult adolescent and teenage years hunting was a common interest that we shared and having that same passion melted away much of the friction during these times. Now, with three young boys of my own, I am teaching them the basics of hunting and safe gun handling. All of the values that good hunters possess I am teaching my boys. Caring for the land, respecting the animals we hunt, sharing and giving back, these are all qualities upon which strong families are built. Our nation was founded upon these principles and we would be remiss to abandon them so quickly. Question: Why do you hunt? You may not have entertained this question before but it is a worthy question and one that demands some careful thought. Please share your comments below. Guest Blog Contributor: Jeremiah Stanley is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who devotes countless hours to the challenge of hunting Whitetail deer in the swamps of North Florida, and shares his hunting expertise and experiences through his blog - SimpleHunting.org