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Last night I had a conversation with Monster and he stated he wanted to post a topic on why we hunt .Then decided against it ,well I say this would be interesting so....why do you hunt?
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It's been done before and with a poll too. In fact a lot of the threads have been done before but it's cool to revisit again!!! Big Grin


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  I hunt because I don't know not how to. Must be that "UG" gene in me!
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OK.....sorry did some diggin couldn't find anything before I posted so all is good but you would like to answer thanks.
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No worries, I meant it's cool to do another thread and revisit. Always fun and you get people who didn't post the first time around too.






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I hunt both for the challenge and to relax and unwind.  Plus my wife says I have a better attitude when I come back from a hunting trip. 

I don't want to hi-jack your thread but I've got a great article on why hunting is right.  I'll post it in another thread if anyone's interested.
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Go ahead and post it here .
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I hunt because hunting takes a lot of different skills in order to be successful. A hunter to me must be patient, attentive, a marksman, stealthy, poised...the list goes on and on. Hunting to me is also a way for me to get out of the city life. When your hunting life slows down a bit. You get to see a lot of cool things when you hunt that would you would not see in everyday life. Not only that but you are doing something that has been around for generations and generations. That's why I hunt.
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I hunt because I was raised as doing so, and  thoroughly enjoy it I believe we as hunters are the best way to control the animal population,it is naturally something a human does at least a human with the right mind frame and understands the importance of doing so .also the adventure and travel  for me is always as much fun ,it is always a learning experience a chance to unwind ,relax,find ones inner self.and be a part of nature.and because I want to.
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I view hunting as a survival skill.  Man has been able to survive many things by adapting to his enviroment. I think we have lost a lot of the survival skills  our grandfathers had. I think being able to grow food and hunt for food is useful in uncertain times.   What if the grocery store didnt open for the next three months. There are things that could cause that - a pandemic like bird flu, economic colapse, civil disorder, weather related problem like huricane or flooding, earthquakes destroying road systems, or a liberal majority in DC.
The future always has an element of uncertainty - thats why so many animals come in the single serving size.
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I consider hunting as communing with nature. 
The necessary stealth & woodcraft that allows you to move around in the woods, instead of disturbing the widelife, being one with it. 
The patience and level of concentration required to stalk and track your game undetected.  The survival skills that keep you safe, all this brings an inner-peace that is hard to measure but sorely missed when gone! 
I have taken scouting walks with friends before deer season and I immediately noticed how heavyfooted most are, and oblivious to it too.  They might as well be banging a metal trashcan lid with a big stick.  Even the crickets and frogs grow silent when they pass. 
I find myself immediately dropping into stealth mode, no more walking on my heels.  Automatically noting the path in from of me for foot placement.  My eyes and ears both simultaneously focused and disfused alert for the taletells of widelife. 
I find myself quickly distancing myself from these noisy clumsy wouldbe hunters...the weekend warriors. 
Finding a resting spot and settling in.  Listening to the woods around you.  Closing your eyes and identifying the sounds and the direction they came from.  There is no better stress relief than time in the woods! 
Then the thrill of the hunt!  Pulse racing as your quary approaches.  The aggonizing wait for a clean shot.  The stretching of time as the moment of truth nears.  The slow squeeze of the trigger and the surprising roar of the rifle and time stands still.... Then your heart starts beating again and the first urgent  thought shoots thru your mind.  Did I get him????  Followed by a multitude of others.  All the what ifs and second guessing.  Then the brainfog starts to clear and you realize that it has only been a couple of seconds since you fired!
 
Man I just can't get enough of it!  The hardest part of all is when the times comes to return to civilization and the 9 to 5 grind.  What a total and utter buzzkill!
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Budperm are a freakin writer...... jeez dude that was really good.

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Originally posted by rifle looney rifle looney wrote:

Budperm are a freakin writer...... jeez dude that was really good.

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Thanks much, RL, but not even close.  Would you believe that english was my worst subject in school?  It was, no lie!  This was from the heart!  I guess it just shows!
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I wish we could all see/do/ think/ enjoy/express/ like that.     excellent!
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By the way, this is a great topic you and Monster came up with I don't care if its been done before!!!  I am sure that you will get many great replies that will touch us all!
  
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Credit goes to .......Monster .........I just posted it.

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Thanks RL! I enjoy reading everyone's posts on this topic. Very good post budperm! 
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I hunt for fellowship, food, and to teach others about the outdoors and the skills to survive if the SHTF. As most on here know I take my hunting to extremes. When I’m hunting there is no such thing as bad weather. It drives my wife crazy but I was born to hunt. If I could figure a way to hunt and make a living at it I would. My dream is to own a place where I can take kids that are handicap or doesn’t have someone to take them for them to hunt for free a few times a year and have a good success rate. I know I take things for granted when I grab my stuff and my kids stuff and off we go. I know a lot of kids never get the opportunity to do this and want to really bad and this bothers me to no end. I never had a dad to take me and when the rest of my family would go it would break my heart to see them go with out me. One day I packed all my clothes and got in the truck and told my granddad I was going. I was 8 years old. Well he took me every weekend from then on out. He died shortly after that trip and my uncle took me. I just remember how I felt as a kid wanting to go and don’t want any kid ever to have that feeling.

That’s why I hunt.

 

 

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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I hunt for fellowship, food, and to teach others about the outdoors and the skills to survive if the SHTF. As most on here know I take my hunting to extremes. When I’m hunting there is no such thing as bad weather. It drives my wife crazy but I was born to hunt. If I could figure a way to hunt and make a living at it I would. My dream is to own a place where I can take kids that are handicap or doesn’t have someone to take them for them to hunt for free a few times a year and have a good success rate. I know I take things for granted when I grab my stuff and my kids stuff and off we go. I know a lot of kids never get the opportunity to do this and want to really bad and this bothers me to no end. I never had a dad to take me and when the rest of my family would go it would break my heart to see them go with out me. One day I packed all my clothes and got in the truck and told my granddad I was going. I was 8 years old. Well he took me every weekend from then on out. He died shortly after that trip and my uncle took me. I just remember how I felt as a kid wanting to go and don’t want any kid ever to have that feeling.

That’s why I hunt.

  

 
Thunbs Up  I'm with ya BD!  All we have to do is find a couple hundred acres or so, work Uncle Sam for funding,  get some non-profit orgs involved then start some local, state and national hunting programs for the physically impaired and we are off to the races.  I'm willing to relocate!  You really touched a note about not having a father to take you out.  I am glad gramps then your uncle answered the call, kudos to them both!!!  My dad was a CPA and a bookworm who hated to get his hands dirty.  I grew up in the marshes of northern florida, Jacksonville, and learned most of my woodcraft the hard way...dodgeing water moccasins and aligators.  By age 8, I could build a mean leanto that was watertight!  i spent more time in the woods then out, much to my mom's chargrin!  I think it was harder having a dad that closed himself off from the rest of the world...and me...than it would have been not having one at all.  A blob in the corner with his nose always in a book.  I always resented him preferring books over me.  Thats about all I remember of the last 25 years of his life, having a bookcover instead of a face!  What a waste!
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I hunt so that I can post articles and pics in SWFA Optics Forum!!!!
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

I hunt so that I can post articles and pics in SWFA Optics Forum!!!!
 
AWWWwww come on Dude.  This topic is about the soul of the hunter!  OPen up and tell us how you feel, be serious not glib!  Even if you just like killing things...be truthful. Whatever
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I hunt because thousands of years ago my ancestors packed mud on their bodies to mask their scent and slung spears at wild animals in hopes of survival.  I do believe that just as in the animal kingdom certain information is passed from generation to generation that humans also have innate urges and tendencies that had their roots in their primeval ancestors.  I have absolutely no desire to stand on the side of the road next to my truck with shotgun in hand and listen for deer hounds to chase a whitetail by me as is customarily done here in Virginia.  I spend hours scouting the habits of my prey and give myself every advantage possible in scent inhibition and masking.  I know my prey well and hunt as if my very survival were at stake.  I test the limits of my scenses including my intuition.   I never had a father that took me hunting as a kid and was first exposed to the sport in my mid twenties.  However once I got a taste my ancestors called to me.   Now forever more my wife and I will quarrel from Oct through the the first week in January because I will be completely preoccupied during that period.
 
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 Same as me Doug, you've got the"UG"gene!  I had no hunting influence what so ever. It's been ALONG time ago but I believe I started out at maybe 5 or 6yrs old sharpening a sapling and gigging frogs.
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Originally posted by dougedwards dougedwards wrote:

I hunt because thousands of years ago my ancestors packed mud on their bodies to mask their scent and slung spears at wild animals in hopes of survival.  I do believe that just as in the animal kingdom certain information is passed from generation to generation that humans also have innate urges and tendencies that had their roots in their primeval ancestors.  I have absolutely no desire to stand on the side of the road next to my truck with shotgun in hand and listen for deer hounds to chase a whitetail by me as is customarily done here in Virginia.  I spend hours scouting the habits of my prey and give myself every advantage possible in scent inhibition and masking.  I know my prey well and hunt as if my very survival were at stake.  I test the limits of my scenses including my intuition.   I never had a father that took me hunting as a kid and was first exposed to the sport in my mid twenties.  However once I got a taste my ancestors called to me.   Now forever more my wife and I will quarrel from Oct through the the first week in January because I will be completely preoccupied during that period.
 
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   CoolExcellentExcellentExcellentCool  I am with you Doug!  Luckily I was surrounded by tropical forest in Northern Florida growing up.  Thats were I taught myself my woodcraft and started sharpening my hunting skills with a BB gun at an early age.  I love to explore, build leantos and set traps.  Running Dogs is not true Hunting, it is more like fishing in a hatchery holding pond.  When I am hunting, I am all business.  No Partying until after the hunt is over.  And I mean completely over, not just when I get back to camp at the end of each day.  Celibrating a successful hunt with my hunting companions is fantastic and the shared Camaraderie is something I will always remember!!! But after the Hunt!
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My grandfather on my mother's side had an Apache chief in his lineage (which I guess gives me some small amount of Indian blood).  He was a pasture rider for a pipeline for many years (rode a horse miles and miles a day).  When I was very young, he taught me all I knew about hunting.  He helped me make a bow. He taught me concealment using dirt/mud, trees, bushes as means to become a part of the environment, to creep through the woods like an animal, to respect and love all creatures.  To honor them. (Until I started using "modern" scents and cover scents, my wife thought I was weird... used to roll in mud, stick branches to my clothes, etc.  Now you can get all that out of a bottle or a purchased costume).  I hunt because I don't think I could live without it, because it is a part of me, of humanity.  There is a calling within me which must be satisified.  Joy and sadness are a mixture in every successful hunt.  Joy, because even though there is a grocery store down the road, I have provided for my family (or eliminated a threat to my pets, a farmers livestock, etc), sadness because a beautiful creature gave up its life for my and my family's food.  I do not hunt the wolf, wolves are sacred, the bear is my brother and I will only kill him to save myself or another.  The "little dogs", the coyote have crossed "the barrier" and no longer keep to their range.  They kill pets, livestock, etc indiscriminately.  I do kill them, but am sad at the killing.  I really don't kill much in the way of "pests" unless I cannot scare them away.  I've killed several foxes, but have vowed to only take them if I find them or their sign in my "yard".  I don't much care for "stand" hunting, but do it (more this year than any other).  I prefer to walk through the woods, hiding in natural covers, when I can.  The woods are getting so "small" it is difficult to do that anymore.  I hunt because I love nature, natural order, and the satisfaction of bringing my own food to table, and the satisfaction of the "primal instinct".  I love it.  
I generally hunt alone.  There is no "comeraderie" for me in hunting.  It is a personal thing.  The fellowship comes after, in the telling of the tales of the hunt.  That is when friends and companions get together to "brag of their prowess" or tell the tales of the ingenuity of the game and how clever it was to get away from the best laid plan, how magically the creature escaped.  
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