This is the last part of a conversation I have been in with a fellow who has a TV show. I won’t mention his name unless I clear it first, but he has some opinions on the subject and obviously so do I. I’m only gonna share mine for now.
The way it started was he seemed upset about that doctor that killed the “beloved” lion in Africa. I don’t particularly care for hunting lion because I’m sure they would taste disgusting, but I don’t get wrapped around the axle if someone wants to shoot one. So we are engaged in this conversation and I realize that there is no real “fair’ hunt. Here I cut and pasted:
Thanks for the thoughtful response. And I agree to a point. I am really not into pure “trophy” hunting. I have no desire to shoot a lion, giraffe, elephant or any of those type animals. But hunting is truly not a sport. Right now because of the need for instant gratification and our quick and easy lifestyle it has necessarily morphed into one. Today all you have to do is go down the street and buy any meat you want and you don’t have to hunt for it, unless they change the layout of your favorite store. So if it wasn’t for the “sport” of hunting we as a species would loose our ability to feed ourselves if that quick and easy society no longer existed.
Hunting is also not “fair”. It’s not meant to be. We are animals at our core. People should recognize and embrace that. No other animal on the planet worries if their prey has a fair chance. Lions surely don’t. They put themselves in the most advantageous position to be successful. They use the skillsets they are most comfortable with, and which minimizes their chance of injury, while taking any advantage they can away from their (usually) much smaller and weaker prey. People are no different. While you may be very skilled at sneaking up within ten feet of something and driving an arrow through it or creating some sort of trap. I am most comfortable and skilled at sitting back at a much greater distance, calmly choosing my animal and killing it with as little suffering or fuss as possible. In doing so l limit the amount of stress it experiences. Less stress means less adrenaline and better meat. If necessary I can sneak up on something but that’s not my strength. And honestly I don’t enjoy killing as much that way. Because I make no qualms about it. I enjoy hunting, killing and eating animals.
So yes. While I can see where some little rich guy paying big bucks to go shoot an elephant could get under your skin, I have to applaud him for at least practicing (to a degree) a basic survival skill. And doing what we are genetically inclined to do. Even though he may have someone holding his hand to do it, he is still far more prepared to either defend himself and his family or provide food than some treehugger smoking weed and playing a drum.
If what you want is an adrenaline rush and to further prepare for bad times, then yes, get in the ring or do something else where you can potentially be knocked off your rails. Lord knows I think getting in a ring punching and kicking ’till someone is unconscious was a hoot.
Back to the point. I’m not going to bash anyone for their style of hunting. I would much rather be in beautiful wide open Wyoming hunting elk. But if the best I can do with time and resources is a “canned hunt” to scratch that itch then watch out Bambie. A lot of guys just don’t have the funds or time to be able to take hunting trips, so it’s high fence or nothing. Especially in Texas. It’s getting to the point where you have to have a $5000.00 lease to be able to shoot a deer.
Anyway, I’ve bent your ear enough. And I’m not trying to change your mind. I don’t really care too much about other people’s opinions, I’ll leave that to the politicians and PC idiots. I do however feel like people with a modicum of common sense (that would include me) and a good frame of reference should share experience and knowledge. People will either listen or they won’t.