Sustainable Living

Why I Hunt

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, though they don’t have a problem buying meat at a grocery store.

“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 such a deep appreciation for animals and life itself. No one can fully understand unless they try it.

As a meat eater I feel it’s important to know where your food actually comes from.

Hunting opens your eyes and causes you to think about the meat sold in stores and how it was obtained. 

In good conscience can not go to a store and buy the meat of an animal that I know was treated cruelly, fed poorly and died inhumanely.

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 farmers and hunters who care deeply about how an animal was raised and processed for food?

“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. – They know what’s going on and what’s going to happen to them.

Hunting animals that have been able to live natural lives, free from fear and pain is very humane and makes for better meat.

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 I’m out and don’t see a single thing. Just being out there is what makes it worth it. Being in the middle of the woods or a field watching my dogs enjoying life 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. The money is used 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.

Hunting helps you become self-reliant. We are spoiled with so many conveniences, but what would happen if those conveniences were taken away?

I hunt for peace of mind knowing that we will always have food in the freezer. No matter what is going on in the world.

I feel that hunters get a bad reputation because of misunderstandings and I hope to clear some of those up. Hunters love nature. We want to preserve it. We’re not out there looking for a trophy or out just to kill something. We have a deep respect for life and love animals. As with anything there are always going to be a few bad eggs out there. Don’t let the actions of those few affect your view of hunters as a whole.

I understand that not everyone is in a position to hunt, and most don’t have a desire to do so, and that’s okay. It’s a lot of work and responsibility.

A few years ago I wasn’t interested in it, but as I’ve become more self sufficient I grew an appreciation for what it means to hunt and live off the land.

Do you hunt? I’d love to hear your story or if hunting interests you in the comments!

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