Why I Hunt
Hunting is a somewhat controversial topic, even between fellow firearms owners. I own firearms, yet I have never been hunting. In a few weeks, however, I will be going on my first hunting trip. My wife’s family has a deer lease where they are being gracious enough to let us hunt with them. Some of you may or may not remember, but I am very interested in food and where it comes from, and the fact that many people neither know nor care where their food comes from. People have such a disconnect from their food and often completely forget that when they’re eating meat, that meat was once a living, breathing animal that had eyes, ate food, breathed, pooped, wanted to follow its biological need to reproduce, etc. The modern food system has removed any relationship consumers had with this fact, and I want to re-establish that connection between the consumer/carnivore (me) and the reality that something died so I could eat it. Some of you may object, saying I could go fishing and kill the fish; this I have done, actually. I guess it didn’t bother me, kind of like pescatarians. Some may further object, saying “Just get some chickens and kill them.” I would be all for this, if I lived in a place where I could legally do so (don’t get me started on the stupidity of these kinds of laws). However, by far one of the biggest objections to hunting is the involvement of firearms. People say that using a firearm is unfair. I could not agree more. Hunting is not supposed to be fair; that is why a cheetah is faster than a gazelle; why a lion has bigger claws and teeth than a zebra; and why the wildebeest cannot see the crocodile hiding in the river. “Those are natural advantages, though”, some will say. Even chimpanzees will put a stick into an anthill and pull ants off of it. I heard somewhere else someone say “It’s only a sport when both sides know the game is being played.” Again, I couldn’t agree more; to me, hunting is not a sport. There is nothing “macho” about hunting. This is getting food, plain and simple. The whole objective for me is to look at an animal, kill it, and eat it; to re-establish the connection between the meat consumer and the meat. So, in about 3 weeks, I am going to take an (old Swiss military surplus K-31) built in 1936, hunting.