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Why do you hunt?

Uploaded on August 27, 2009

The other day a stuck-up girl at the store confronted me and asked me "why in the world do I hunt", I found this very comical that it bothered her so much, so I answered her the best way I could, I told her " It is part of who I am. I started to hunt as a child, and I love everything about the outdoors..." and so on. So why do you hunt?

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

To remind me that I'm part of God's marvelous creation.

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

To remind me that I'm part of God's marvelous creation.

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from 175rltw wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I like food. I like guns. I like the mountains. I like the woods. At some point with that combination of interests it was inevitable you know. Really having grown up in the mountains, hunting and fishing and backpacking, it is just to big a part of my life to let go off, any more than I'd get rid of my wife or son.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I agree with a "spirtual" influence it has over me. I live in a busy suburban landscape of a few trees, and a few empty fields...boring. Now, when I am out in the woods life for me takes on a different meaning. I feel part of the bigger picture..I know, hunters kill animals, but that is only part of it. Most of the time we are enjoying the outdoors that gutting the game!

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Put food on the table. I also enjoy being outdoors and just watching the world the good Lord has given us.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Hunt_Hard, you started off the same way I did. I grew up with hunting and fishing and the outdoors. Today I am unhappy if I can't get regular fixes of woods and water---I need a dirt road under my feet or I get testy. Hunting is simply a way for me to strengthen my connection with our natural world and how we ultimately exist in it. If you want to inject religion into the mix, God gave man dominion over the creatures and we are charged with being good stewards of their existence.

At the very core, hunting makes me happy. I am not a bloodthirsty killer, but neither do I deny that the ultimate goal of a hunter is the death of an animal. I embrace that fact and, as Tom Kelly states in his most excellent book "The Tenth Legion", '---neither make specious rationalizations about the inherent cruelty of nature, nor about the necessity of harvesting excess stocks of birds and animals.---(I) approach the killing with anticipation and in the event the kill is successfully made, feel absolutely no remorse---only a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.' This is, of course, only a part of his discussion of hunting, and since you yourself are a hunter, you know full well that the kill is only a part of the hunt.

Smarter men than I am have written most eloquently about the mystique of the hunt and one of the best is Eddie Finlay in his poem "The Old Instincts" which is found in his book, "Down the Creek>" Excerpts:

--"And wondered why one grieves,
And why we kill the things we love
And love the thing we kill
And why the things we've only watched
Have given greater thrill."
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--"But though we know all this is so
The old instincts are strong
And when the Red Gods sound the call
We'll sing the hunter's song."

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

When I am asked what drives me hunt, I simply answer that it fills my need. That response usually leads to the follow up question "What need?". I can only think of one way to explain it:

I ask that person to take as deep a breath as possible and hold it.
After 30 seconds their face is starting to turn red and I'm on the recieving end of a very questioning look. "Keep holding it," I say.
When a minute rolls around my questioner is starting to turn purple. They can't take it anymore and loudly exhale and begin gulping air, to which I respond, "That need."

For me, my passion for the outdoors and for hunting stems from a need that is hardwired into my soul, so basic that the only thing I can possibly compair it to is the need to breathe.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

ckRich---That's wicked good!

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think you all covered them.
I have been hunting since I can remember, so it has become part of who I am.
food, I was taught eat what you kill.
i just plain love the outdoors.

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from MPN wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

It's Aug 29th which means 3 more days till Squirrel opens up here in NY. I'm 71 and still love to hunt these little guys! That's why I hunt for the joy of connecting with the land and its creatures.

MPN

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

i love fishing bee doin it since i was born.hunting was the next step,i love the outdoors so why not.

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from peter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

for the food, the fun, the excitment , and the challenge

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I hunt because it is the most direct, most visceral connection I can find to this wonderful, awesome and mysterious universe we inhabit. Nothing in my life outside of the time I spend in the outdoors is as effective at renewing my spirit and soothing my soul.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Hunting is a part of life for me. If you took it away I wouldn't be the same person I am now. Hunting gave me a greater respect for the outdoors and it has taught me so much that no text book in any school ever will. That being said you can't judge a hunter for who they are unless you know and understand who they really are and what they know. The only people who every know why hunters really hunt are hunter and other individuals who have an open mind and willingness to learn to hunt.

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from metalica97132 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

There is something about getting away from the every day crap and the city to be one with nature. I have been hunting for 15 years. In the last 3 I have bow hunted. I love being in the mountains with friends. We camp together and hunt big game to fill our freezers.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It's not a hobby it's who I am. Some people go to church, i go in the woods. And the rush is hard to beat.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

For me it my connection to everything that we once were. Modern man is so far removed from our roots that it's hard for some people to even acknowledge that meat comes from a once living animal. Hunting removes the barrier that make us slaves to everything wrapped in plastic. As hunters we see reality, not Disney, not sugar coated, but in your face honesty. My days in the forest drains all the bitterness from the grind and restores the soul of the hunter gatherer. I love it.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I find it amazing that everyone's answers are exactly how I feel about why I hunt and fish. It just shows that the connection is so much deeper and incredible than anyone can explain. Someone who doesn't enjoy the connection with the higher place I call the outdoors, couldn't possibly understand. I thank God every day for creating such beauty, I thank my father for taking me with every time he went hunting or fishing to light that fire within me, and I feel greatful I get to live in a part of the country where a gravel road and pure nature is never further than a couple miles. Great stuff folks!

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from rootju wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

2 things... The first reason I hunt is because of the great company of the people I hunt with. I love going to deer camp every year because of the fun I have with the people I hunt with. Secondly, the challenge of taking a mature whitetail drives me to get up every morning. These animals are one of the most aware and intelligent animal I have ever observed.

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a simple answer, and I've used it a few times. "It's in my genes." Take it how ever you want. I like provide, and protect its part of being a man. Yes I'm sexist, there is a difference between man and woman and it's their genes/jeans.

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

i hunt to escape this industrialized world we live in today. hunting and fishing are two of the only ways to relax without having a walmart across the street. i hunt because it allows me to truly appreciate the world God gave us. some of these hippies and vegetarians say that its the same as murder or that its cruel, but the truth is, animals die. animals have always died. animals always will die. God put us over the animals and gave them to us. im not one of those people who kill for pleasure only(by that i mean one of those guys who shoots a rabbit, laughs, and walks off) i eat what kill and intend to keep doing so. all those anti hunters need to wake up and realize that this world is not a fluffy cupcake land and we arent gonna quit hunting so they may as well shut up about it.

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from IceClash wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I dont hunt yet but im learning but I am interested because i can be out in the woods or the wetlands were I wouldnt normally go.

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from IceClash wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I dont hunt yet but im learning but I am interested because i can be out in the woods or the wetlands were I wouldnt normally go.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I don't care if I shoot anything most of the time. If I get something, fine. I just love being out there.

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from LVHunter23 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I hunt because it was the way I spent time with my Dad. We didn't do much else really together he was military and I played sports. The time we could get together we spent in the woods or on the water. Now I do it because I love it and it makes me feel close to God and part of the natural world. I have a son now and he will soon be taking his first hunt with my Father and I. My Dad never had a chance to go Bull Elk hunting in his 78 years on the planet and thankfully I have gotten to a point that I can make his dream come true. He taught me so many lessons in the field about hunting and life that it feels great to give it back to him. My son thanks to friend will be hunting for Cow Elk and hopefully he will be successful as well. Three generations together in the field for the first time. It should be really great. We get a whole week starting with pheasant hunting, then on to our elk hunt. I'll keep you guys up to date on our success.

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from jason rieke wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I hunt because i love spending time with my dad, walking in the woods, and shooting and holding guns.

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from CoachC wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Tradition, love of outdoors, connection to God, love the chase, adventure, food, watching: animals, elements, season changes. learning, fellowship with friends and family, bonding, it teaches me patience and the fact that not everything is going to go my way. It teaches me perseverance, and respect for the land and animals. ETC...

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from jt55 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I'm 14 and I'm just starting to look into hunting. I've always loved camping and fishing and It's been a part of me since my first fish and even more so since my first camping trip. Me and my uncle went hunting the season before last and didn't see anything after sitting there for probably 6-8 hours and I had a great time just talking and learning what to do and where to aim, and now I can't wait to go again.

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from rampageingapes wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

When i was around four years old my brother started going and visiting my uncle, during which time they would go on trips to the hunting club that he was a member of. I always wanted to go, especially when my brother brought back the tail of a doe that had been killed up there, but i was always too young and by the time i was seven my uncle had started to not be able to go as much and when he did he usually like to go by himself. So i had missed out on a chance. But, then when i was 11 i went to visit my relatives for the traditional family get together that we have every year, my uncle Russ (the one who hunts) was there and decided to take my brother and I with him the next morning when he went to hunt on land belonging to his friend (his friend is a farmer) about an hour after being there my brother and i saw a nice 8 point jump over a small hedge of briers and then back into the woods. The next year both of us took our hunter's education course and were out hunting later that season. For the first few years i didnt see anything, and my brother got several shots but missed. After about 2 years my brother stopped coming, because of a loss of interest, and i too was losing interest but i stuck it out, then when i was 14 i got my first shot, i almost completely missed the doe and only managed to get one pellet in her (unfortunately), but from that moment on I WAS HOOKED. Then when i was 16 i tagged my first deer, i had only managed to hurt its leg a good bit but luckily for me and the deer someone else was in a stand back in the woods and was able to finish it off, then i came up again the next month and began using my uncle's old 12 gauge with which i was able to get a shot at a buck, and this time there was no just hurting it, i was able to get a good clean and humane shot put the deer down right where it stood, it was dead seconds after hitting the ground. Since then hunting has become one of the only times i truely live, living in touch with nature and its many forces. Hunting has become as essential as the blood that runs through my veins and the air i fill my lungs with. I always have been and always will be grateful to be blessed with such a gift.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I hunt because it is part of who i am. As a little kid my dad started taking me hunting and i instantly fell in love with it. Some of my friends, still to this day, ask me why i would want to go sit in the woods being still, not talking, and freezing my butt off? I so i tell them that it is part of who i am and what i love. I dont have to shoot an animal to be content, as long as im in the woods with my friends and dad then i am having the time of my life and if i happen to havest one of Gods awesome creations it makes it that much better. Although i would much rather see one or my friends or family members harvest an animal than to take one myself. Hunting is just so rewarding for me, if i didnt hunt i would have a piece of my soul missing.

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from sportsmensuccess wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

It is simply who i am. It is a need like no other in my life. My wife and family understand that i am available and will gladly do anything they need me to do for 8 months of the year, but the other 4 months my weekends and some weekdays are my personal time to connect with nature and marvel in God's great creations. I thank my dad for showing me the wonders of the woods and waters. I am forever greatful.

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from ableskeever wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Why not hunt?

With the only other existing predator for most deer being the automobile, I'd much rather have the meat be edible. (This is still controversial in some areas regarding eating roadkill).

Its a much quicker and merciful death compared to starving to death.

Believe it or not, firearm knowledge is vitally important to keeping our government in check. Our founding fathers said so themselves.

You get to go out into God's creation when the sun comes up/goes down and get an outdoor experience like no other.

Ducks taste good.

Dove tastes good too.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.... deeeeeeer.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

amen to all this!

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I love to get outside and in fresh air, i love to see wild animals in their natural environment, i love my firearms and shooting, i love the friendship in the deer camp, and i love deer meat. and i think that's enough reasons to hunt

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from jmoss wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

In the modern world in which we live, we spend our lives in climate controlled environments, walk on concrete and asphalt. I think hunting lets us go back to the roots we didn't even know we had.

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from miss_whitetail wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I simply just love to hunt. Since my brother first took me out in the field i have loved it ever since. After I got my first deer I was totally and completely hooked. I love being out in the cool brisk air sitting and watching nature all around. It is worth being out there even if you pass up a deer now and then and just watch it as it goes about doing whatever business it's doing. One more thing that is great about the hunt is the occasional nap that just seems to happen :)

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I love the quiet outdoors

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from selloyd wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

To get away from the rest of the world! It take me to a place that is quiet and is in the middle of no-wear. Also to get away from the wife for a couple of hours:)

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from FlyandFowlGA wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

It's my therapy.

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

i love to hunt cause my dad and i did it together and still do i love being outdoors and in the wild there is something about being out in the middle of nowhere with no one miles away i love it because i love history and being that far away from people i think makes it all natural just like how it was hundreds of years ago i also love the peace and quiet that is there and harmony of everything flowing together in nature and just the natural beauty you could say its my therapy you could say its alot of thing but i love hunting with my dad and everything about is addicting to me its like my drug i guess you could say and that i need my fix quite often also i like the fact that you are sort of back in the old days of how it all use to be but no matter what i love to hunt and always will love to hunt

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt because I like to get away from the suburbs and into the woods. They are such a peaceful and quiet place. I alos hunt because me and my dad get to spend time together. Another reason I hunt is ofcourse to harvest animals. And heck, they taste good too.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt because I like to get away from the suburbs and into the woods. They are such a peaceful and quiet place. I alos hunt because me and my dad get to spend time together. Another reason I hunt is ofcourse to harvest animals. And heck, they taste good too.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt, because I'm free to carry a weapon, stalk the game of mychoice,harvest that game, clean, prepare, and share that same game with my family and friends. I hunt for food that is fed by my food plot. I hunt to see sunrises and sunsets. I hunt to remeber so many of my fellow veterans will not be able to do so again. I hunt because even though he lives far away, my brother is always with me. I hunt because my wife knows if I don't...I'll drive her crazy in the house...I hunt because I can.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I am, therefore I hunt...

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

One, I was brought up with hunting by my dad. I like the idea of harvesting the meat that my family shares around the dinner table. Not only do I eat what I kill but I also find ways to use as much of the animal as I can. And two, it is just part of who I am. I can't think of anything else I would do if i could not hunt. There is so many things to see and do while you are hunting. And most of all being with friends and family.

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from ARhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Fun,meat,sport,being in the woods

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I hunt and fish to escape the concrete jungle. I have yet to find an outlet in the outdoors, so it is the only place I can sit back relax and enjoy life with no interupts. Plus wild game is so much tastier than what can be bought.

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from alaska12 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I love to hunt because it is a good way to spend time with my kids. I also enjoy being outdoors it gives me a feeling that everything is alright in this world. It renews my faith in God because of the wonders he has created.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Peace of mind... Tranquility
I learn somethin new everytime I go in the woods I always see somethin new.

The opportunity to go in the woods with my family.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

simple i love the outdoors, i would rather be doing something rather that sitting on my ass and it is relaxing and peacedful, i love to see the sun come up, and watch the woods come alive and i like to see the sun set and watch the world fall asleep.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

My father and grandfather have been taking me hunting since before I can remember, I can't imagine not doing it. It is an experiece I cannot even describe.

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from Shane Harrigan wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

like you i started hunting as a young kid. it is not only the kill of the animal that many hunters long for and some call untouchable but it is also the hunt, the chance to get away from the every day life and be who i want to be and that is myself. i was also asked that same qustion in the same snoty atituid by some snobby city slicker and i replied why not take my time injoying one of americas hidden pass times. hunting is my life and i will fight before one of those tree huging hippies tell me that what i do is wrong let alone take it away from me. thats what i beleive in as practicing my american freedom

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I was born a predator. Hunting is what predators do. I can't just sit around the house swatting at flies all day.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

for the sport meat trophies and time you spend with family

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from buckmasters02 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I hunt for the trophies and the feeling of killing something knowing that you did it by yourself

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

When I am asked what drives me hunt, I simply answer that it fills my need. That response usually leads to the follow up question "What need?". I can only think of one way to explain it:

I ask that person to take as deep a breath as possible and hold it.
After 30 seconds their face is starting to turn red and I'm on the recieving end of a very questioning look. "Keep holding it," I say.
When a minute rolls around my questioner is starting to turn purple. They can't take it anymore and loudly exhale and begin gulping air, to which I respond, "That need."

For me, my passion for the outdoors and for hunting stems from a need that is hardwired into my soul, so basic that the only thing I can possibly compair it to is the need to breathe.

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from 175rltw wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I like food. I like guns. I like the mountains. I like the woods. At some point with that combination of interests it was inevitable you know. Really having grown up in the mountains, hunting and fishing and backpacking, it is just to big a part of my life to let go off, any more than I'd get rid of my wife or son.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I agree with a "spirtual" influence it has over me. I live in a busy suburban landscape of a few trees, and a few empty fields...boring. Now, when I am out in the woods life for me takes on a different meaning. I feel part of the bigger picture..I know, hunters kill animals, but that is only part of it. Most of the time we are enjoying the outdoors that gutting the game!

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I hunt because it is the most direct, most visceral connection I can find to this wonderful, awesome and mysterious universe we inhabit. Nothing in my life outside of the time I spend in the outdoors is as effective at renewing my spirit and soothing my soul.

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from peter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

for the food, the fun, the excitment , and the challenge

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Put food on the table. I also enjoy being outdoors and just watching the world the good Lord has given us.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Hunt_Hard, you started off the same way I did. I grew up with hunting and fishing and the outdoors. Today I am unhappy if I can't get regular fixes of woods and water---I need a dirt road under my feet or I get testy. Hunting is simply a way for me to strengthen my connection with our natural world and how we ultimately exist in it. If you want to inject religion into the mix, God gave man dominion over the creatures and we are charged with being good stewards of their existence.

At the very core, hunting makes me happy. I am not a bloodthirsty killer, but neither do I deny that the ultimate goal of a hunter is the death of an animal. I embrace that fact and, as Tom Kelly states in his most excellent book "The Tenth Legion", '---neither make specious rationalizations about the inherent cruelty of nature, nor about the necessity of harvesting excess stocks of birds and animals.---(I) approach the killing with anticipation and in the event the kill is successfully made, feel absolutely no remorse---only a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.' This is, of course, only a part of his discussion of hunting, and since you yourself are a hunter, you know full well that the kill is only a part of the hunt.

Smarter men than I am have written most eloquently about the mystique of the hunt and one of the best is Eddie Finlay in his poem "The Old Instincts" which is found in his book, "Down the Creek>" Excerpts:

--"And wondered why one grieves,
And why we kill the things we love
And love the thing we kill
And why the things we've only watched
Have given greater thrill."
-------
--"But though we know all this is so
The old instincts are strong
And when the Red Gods sound the call
We'll sing the hunter's song."

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from MPN wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

It's Aug 29th which means 3 more days till Squirrel opens up here in NY. I'm 71 and still love to hunt these little guys! That's why I hunt for the joy of connecting with the land and its creatures.

MPN

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from tightliner09 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

i love fishing bee doin it since i was born.hunting was the next step,i love the outdoors so why not.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Hunting is a part of life for me. If you took it away I wouldn't be the same person I am now. Hunting gave me a greater respect for the outdoors and it has taught me so much that no text book in any school ever will. That being said you can't judge a hunter for who they are unless you know and understand who they really are and what they know. The only people who every know why hunters really hunt are hunter and other individuals who have an open mind and willingness to learn to hunt.

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from metalica97132 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

There is something about getting away from the every day crap and the city to be one with nature. I have been hunting for 15 years. In the last 3 I have bow hunted. I love being in the mountains with friends. We camp together and hunt big game to fill our freezers.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

It's not a hobby it's who I am. Some people go to church, i go in the woods. And the rush is hard to beat.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I don't care if I shoot anything most of the time. If I get something, fine. I just love being out there.

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

To remind me that I'm part of God's marvelous creation.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

ckRich---That's wicked good!

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think you all covered them.
I have been hunting since I can remember, so it has become part of who I am.
food, I was taught eat what you kill.
i just plain love the outdoors.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

For me it my connection to everything that we once were. Modern man is so far removed from our roots that it's hard for some people to even acknowledge that meat comes from a once living animal. Hunting removes the barrier that make us slaves to everything wrapped in plastic. As hunters we see reality, not Disney, not sugar coated, but in your face honesty. My days in the forest drains all the bitterness from the grind and restores the soul of the hunter gatherer. I love it.

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

i hunt to escape this industrialized world we live in today. hunting and fishing are two of the only ways to relax without having a walmart across the street. i hunt because it allows me to truly appreciate the world God gave us. some of these hippies and vegetarians say that its the same as murder or that its cruel, but the truth is, animals die. animals have always died. animals always will die. God put us over the animals and gave them to us. im not one of those people who kill for pleasure only(by that i mean one of those guys who shoots a rabbit, laughs, and walks off) i eat what kill and intend to keep doing so. all those anti hunters need to wake up and realize that this world is not a fluffy cupcake land and we arent gonna quit hunting so they may as well shut up about it.

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from LVHunter23 wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I hunt because it was the way I spent time with my Dad. We didn't do much else really together he was military and I played sports. The time we could get together we spent in the woods or on the water. Now I do it because I love it and it makes me feel close to God and part of the natural world. I have a son now and he will soon be taking his first hunt with my Father and I. My Dad never had a chance to go Bull Elk hunting in his 78 years on the planet and thankfully I have gotten to a point that I can make his dream come true. He taught me so many lessons in the field about hunting and life that it feels great to give it back to him. My son thanks to friend will be hunting for Cow Elk and hopefully he will be successful as well. Three generations together in the field for the first time. It should be really great. We get a whole week starting with pheasant hunting, then on to our elk hunt. I'll keep you guys up to date on our success.

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from CoachC wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Tradition, love of outdoors, connection to God, love the chase, adventure, food, watching: animals, elements, season changes. learning, fellowship with friends and family, bonding, it teaches me patience and the fact that not everything is going to go my way. It teaches me perseverance, and respect for the land and animals. ETC...

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from jt55 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I'm 14 and I'm just starting to look into hunting. I've always loved camping and fishing and It's been a part of me since my first fish and even more so since my first camping trip. Me and my uncle went hunting the season before last and didn't see anything after sitting there for probably 6-8 hours and I had a great time just talking and learning what to do and where to aim, and now I can't wait to go again.

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from ableskeever wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Why not hunt?

With the only other existing predator for most deer being the automobile, I'd much rather have the meat be edible. (This is still controversial in some areas regarding eating roadkill).

Its a much quicker and merciful death compared to starving to death.

Believe it or not, firearm knowledge is vitally important to keeping our government in check. Our founding fathers said so themselves.

You get to go out into God's creation when the sun comes up/goes down and get an outdoor experience like no other.

Ducks taste good.

Dove tastes good too.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.... deeeeeeer.

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I love to get outside and in fresh air, i love to see wild animals in their natural environment, i love my firearms and shooting, i love the friendship in the deer camp, and i love deer meat. and i think that's enough reasons to hunt

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from selloyd wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

To get away from the rest of the world! It take me to a place that is quiet and is in the middle of no-wear. Also to get away from the wife for a couple of hours:)

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

To remind me that I'm part of God's marvelous creation.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I find it amazing that everyone's answers are exactly how I feel about why I hunt and fish. It just shows that the connection is so much deeper and incredible than anyone can explain. Someone who doesn't enjoy the connection with the higher place I call the outdoors, couldn't possibly understand. I thank God every day for creating such beauty, I thank my father for taking me with every time he went hunting or fishing to light that fire within me, and I feel greatful I get to live in a part of the country where a gravel road and pure nature is never further than a couple miles. Great stuff folks!

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from rootju wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

2 things... The first reason I hunt is because of the great company of the people I hunt with. I love going to deer camp every year because of the fun I have with the people I hunt with. Secondly, the challenge of taking a mature whitetail drives me to get up every morning. These animals are one of the most aware and intelligent animal I have ever observed.

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from IceClash wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I dont hunt yet but im learning but I am interested because i can be out in the woods or the wetlands were I wouldnt normally go.

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from jason rieke wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I hunt because i love spending time with my dad, walking in the woods, and shooting and holding guns.

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from rampageingapes wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

When i was around four years old my brother started going and visiting my uncle, during which time they would go on trips to the hunting club that he was a member of. I always wanted to go, especially when my brother brought back the tail of a doe that had been killed up there, but i was always too young and by the time i was seven my uncle had started to not be able to go as much and when he did he usually like to go by himself. So i had missed out on a chance. But, then when i was 11 i went to visit my relatives for the traditional family get together that we have every year, my uncle Russ (the one who hunts) was there and decided to take my brother and I with him the next morning when he went to hunt on land belonging to his friend (his friend is a farmer) about an hour after being there my brother and i saw a nice 8 point jump over a small hedge of briers and then back into the woods. The next year both of us took our hunter's education course and were out hunting later that season. For the first few years i didnt see anything, and my brother got several shots but missed. After about 2 years my brother stopped coming, because of a loss of interest, and i too was losing interest but i stuck it out, then when i was 14 i got my first shot, i almost completely missed the doe and only managed to get one pellet in her (unfortunately), but from that moment on I WAS HOOKED. Then when i was 16 i tagged my first deer, i had only managed to hurt its leg a good bit but luckily for me and the deer someone else was in a stand back in the woods and was able to finish it off, then i came up again the next month and began using my uncle's old 12 gauge with which i was able to get a shot at a buck, and this time there was no just hurting it, i was able to get a good clean and humane shot put the deer down right where it stood, it was dead seconds after hitting the ground. Since then hunting has become one of the only times i truely live, living in touch with nature and its many forces. Hunting has become as essential as the blood that runs through my veins and the air i fill my lungs with. I always have been and always will be grateful to be blessed with such a gift.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I hunt because it is part of who i am. As a little kid my dad started taking me hunting and i instantly fell in love with it. Some of my friends, still to this day, ask me why i would want to go sit in the woods being still, not talking, and freezing my butt off? I so i tell them that it is part of who i am and what i love. I dont have to shoot an animal to be content, as long as im in the woods with my friends and dad then i am having the time of my life and if i happen to havest one of Gods awesome creations it makes it that much better. Although i would much rather see one or my friends or family members harvest an animal than to take one myself. Hunting is just so rewarding for me, if i didnt hunt i would have a piece of my soul missing.

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from sportsmensuccess wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

It is simply who i am. It is a need like no other in my life. My wife and family understand that i am available and will gladly do anything they need me to do for 8 months of the year, but the other 4 months my weekends and some weekdays are my personal time to connect with nature and marvel in God's great creations. I thank my dad for showing me the wonders of the woods and waters. I am forever greatful.

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from jmoss wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

In the modern world in which we live, we spend our lives in climate controlled environments, walk on concrete and asphalt. I think hunting lets us go back to the roots we didn't even know we had.

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from miss_whitetail wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I simply just love to hunt. Since my brother first took me out in the field i have loved it ever since. After I got my first deer I was totally and completely hooked. I love being out in the cool brisk air sitting and watching nature all around. It is worth being out there even if you pass up a deer now and then and just watch it as it goes about doing whatever business it's doing. One more thing that is great about the hunt is the occasional nap that just seems to happen :)

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I love the quiet outdoors

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from FlyandFowlGA wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

It's my therapy.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I am, therefore I hunt...

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from ARhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Fun,meat,sport,being in the woods

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I hunt and fish to escape the concrete jungle. I have yet to find an outlet in the outdoors, so it is the only place I can sit back relax and enjoy life with no interupts. Plus wild game is so much tastier than what can be bought.

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from alaska12 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I love to hunt because it is a good way to spend time with my kids. I also enjoy being outdoors it gives me a feeling that everything is alright in this world. It renews my faith in God because of the wonders he has created.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Peace of mind... Tranquility
I learn somethin new everytime I go in the woods I always see somethin new.

The opportunity to go in the woods with my family.

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

simple i love the outdoors, i would rather be doing something rather that sitting on my ass and it is relaxing and peacedful, i love to see the sun come up, and watch the woods come alive and i like to see the sun set and watch the world fall asleep.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

My father and grandfather have been taking me hunting since before I can remember, I can't imagine not doing it. It is an experiece I cannot even describe.

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a simple answer, and I've used it a few times. "It's in my genes." Take it how ever you want. I like provide, and protect its part of being a man. Yes I'm sexist, there is a difference between man and woman and it's their genes/jeans.

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from IceClash wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I dont hunt yet but im learning but I am interested because i can be out in the woods or the wetlands were I wouldnt normally go.

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

amen to all this!

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

i love to hunt cause my dad and i did it together and still do i love being outdoors and in the wild there is something about being out in the middle of nowhere with no one miles away i love it because i love history and being that far away from people i think makes it all natural just like how it was hundreds of years ago i also love the peace and quiet that is there and harmony of everything flowing together in nature and just the natural beauty you could say its my therapy you could say its alot of thing but i love hunting with my dad and everything about is addicting to me its like my drug i guess you could say and that i need my fix quite often also i like the fact that you are sort of back in the old days of how it all use to be but no matter what i love to hunt and always will love to hunt

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt because I like to get away from the suburbs and into the woods. They are such a peaceful and quiet place. I alos hunt because me and my dad get to spend time together. Another reason I hunt is ofcourse to harvest animals. And heck, they taste good too.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt because I like to get away from the suburbs and into the woods. They are such a peaceful and quiet place. I alos hunt because me and my dad get to spend time together. Another reason I hunt is ofcourse to harvest animals. And heck, they taste good too.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I hunt, because I'm free to carry a weapon, stalk the game of mychoice,harvest that game, clean, prepare, and share that same game with my family and friends. I hunt for food that is fed by my food plot. I hunt to see sunrises and sunsets. I hunt to remeber so many of my fellow veterans will not be able to do so again. I hunt because even though he lives far away, my brother is always with me. I hunt because my wife knows if I don't...I'll drive her crazy in the house...I hunt because I can.

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from Sneaky wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I was born a predator. Hunting is what predators do. I can't just sit around the house swatting at flies all day.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

One, I was brought up with hunting by my dad. I like the idea of harvesting the meat that my family shares around the dinner table. Not only do I eat what I kill but I also find ways to use as much of the animal as I can. And two, it is just part of who I am. I can't think of anything else I would do if i could not hunt. There is so many things to see and do while you are hunting. And most of all being with friends and family.

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from Shane Harrigan wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

like you i started hunting as a young kid. it is not only the kill of the animal that many hunters long for and some call untouchable but it is also the hunt, the chance to get away from the every day life and be who i want to be and that is myself. i was also asked that same qustion in the same snoty atituid by some snobby city slicker and i replied why not take my time injoying one of americas hidden pass times. hunting is my life and i will fight before one of those tree huging hippies tell me that what i do is wrong let alone take it away from me. thats what i beleive in as practicing my american freedom

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from buckmasters02 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I hunt for the trophies and the feeling of killing something knowing that you did it by yourself

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

for the sport meat trophies and time you spend with family

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