Why I hunt

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September 1st marks the start of the hunting season, which means fall is almost here. 
My dogs can feel it in the air, what they have been waiting for, patiently enduring the hot summer months, their favorite time of the year has finally come.

Humans have been hunting for centuries and for good reason. Animal protein is vital for human health and development. It gives us fuel and nutrients as part of a balanced diet.


Sadly the thought and action of hunting is being lost. People are becoming so detached from nature and lazy about what they put into their bodies. Some take it a step further and say that it's cruel to hunt, but they take no issue with buying meat at a grocery store.

Some say "If you hunt, then you enjoy killing animals"

This couldn't be further from the truth. I do not enjoy killing nor do I like animal cruelty. 
Taking an animal's life so that you can live is not something to be taken lightly. 
Hunting gives you a deep appreciation for animals and life itself, that no one can understand unless they try it.
As a meat eater I feel it's important to know where your food actually comes from.
I feel that I can not in good conscience go to a store and buy the meat of an animal that I know was treated cruelly, fed poorly and died inhumanely just so I didn't have to get my hands dirty to hunt and process it myself. 
Hunting opens your eyes and causes you to think about the meat sold in stores and how it was obtained. 
Would you rather support big business and be blind to the cruelty these animals have to endure, or would you like to be in the know and support small farms and hunters who care deeply about how an animal was raised and processed for food?


Some say "It's cruel to kill an animal, in it's natural habitat"

An animal that is born and raised for big business meat facilities is in what it thinks is it's natural habitat.  
It's so easy to turn a blind eye, but these poor creatures are treated terribly and killed in ways that I don't like to think about.
Hunting animals that have been able to live natural lives, free from fear and pain is very humane and makes for better meat.

I understand that hunting isn't for everyone. I know some people who would never be able to hunt, but they aren't against hunting and share a deep respect for animals and nature.


Why I hunt

I hunt to feed my family wholesome, clean meat. Meat that I know has not been pumped with antibiotics.

I hunt to be close to nature. 
There have been days when you're out and don't see a single thing, but just being out there, being in the middle of the woods or a field watching my dogs enjoying life, doing what they were bred to do is the most peaceful feeling you can experience.
I feel good that the money spent every season for fishing and hunting licenses goes back into nature to help keep wild areas wild and thriving for the health and preservation of animals. It's not used for supporting big business and animal cruelty.


I hunt for peace of mind knowing that we will always have food in the freezer so that if the weather get's too bad in the winter, we won't go hungry. 
Hunting helps you become self-reliant. We are spoiled with so many conveniences, but what would happen if those conveniences were taken away? I feel good knowing that if something were to happen and the stores ran out of food, I would be able to feed my family. 




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