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I thought this topic was so good when Luknikk posted it. I thought I would copy it and post it again. This time for comments about the topic. Again Luknikk this was very well said.

What Makes a Hunt? What Makes a Hunter?



An attempt has been made to define hunting in the words of thoughtful writers and philosophers. In each case, they reached back to ancient times when man was simply a part of the larger natural community - when hunting was a way of life. They describe modern hunters as maintaining that connection.

The importance of the hunt itself - and its natural outcome, the death of an animal - was discussed. The necessary approach required by hunters to fully participate in hunting was identified by Ortega: "one does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills to have hunted." That there is no "one factor that motivates all hunters to hunt or even that motivates one hunter on each hunt." was set out as a premise by Ann Causey. Yet, the evolutionary heritage of hunting is celebrated by all hunters. Their desire - their need to have millennia-old experiences releases them temporarily from stresses of modern life and provides communication lines with family and friends.

Hunters possess the knowledge and skills to turn the world from a path of certain destruction to one where humans live in peace with nature rather than constantly being at war with her. Hunters know their place in the natural community and can provide a bridge so that others may know it too.

"It is not essential to the hunt that it be successful. On the contrary, if the hunter's efforts were always and inevitably successful it would not be the effort we call hunting, it would be something else. ... The beauty of hunting lies in the fact that it is always problematic. ... Doubtless, man opens this margin (ecological distance) to the beast deliberately and of his own free will. He could annihilate quickly and easily most animal species, or at least precisely those he delights in hunting. ... There is, then, in the hunt as a sport a supremely free renunciation by man of the supremacy of his humanity." (Ortega 1942: 57)

Ortega argues that most all the things that man does are the means to an end - man works, expends energy, to achieve or get something. He then says: "But in hunting as a sport this order of means and end is reversed. To the sportsman the death of the game is not what interests him; that is not his purpose. What interests him is everything that he had to do to achieve that death - that is, the hunt. (Ortega 1942: 110)

He continues this discussion of the death of an animal: "Death is essential because without it there is no authentic hunting: the killing of the animal is the natural end of the hunt and that of hunting itself, not the hunter. ... To sum up, one does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted."
 

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A very thoughtful post. A respectable attempt by Ortega to define why WE hunt.

Just a reminder to us hunters as to why we are ALLOWED TO HUNT. Hunting is a privilidge, not a "right." We are allowed this privilidge for a number of reasons; tradition and political ambivalence being among them. I would say that the number one reason we are given the privilidge to hunt is that hunters fulfill a purpose to our society and government - game management.

We are a means to keep game populations in balance. We are ALLOWED to cull SURPLUS game as determined by wildlife biologists. As such we also help keep eco-systems in balance and play a role in our country's conservation efforts.

All told we contribute 75% of the funds that the government agencies that manage America's natural resources (license fees, permits, PR tax collections). These monies are the source to employ thousands of people in these agencies.

In short, we are ALLOWED to hunt because hunting serves a PURPOSE to our country. We have considerable forces working to undermine the legitamcy and minimize the need of our PURPOSE. I know I continue to beat the drum that we hunters need to EDUCATE ourselves of all the good hunting does, and this post is no different.

Hunting is a good thing but is easily manipulated to appear as a bad thing. Our enemies call hunters "killers" and say hunting is "bloodlust." It's compelling for non-hunters to believe these descriptions when they see us dra a dead deer from the woods. It takes a lot of education to put this scenario in its proper perspective. The education of non-hunters begins with us hunters. We have to undertand the "big picture" of hunting and be able to ARTICULATE it to others to reverse hunting's negative images.

There are 2 books that I know of that attempt to do this (I'm sure there are more but I know of 2).

In Defense of hunting by James Swan
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062512374/102-2077012-9991338?v=glance&n=283155&v=glance

The New Age Hunter, by Anthony P. Mauro, Sr (me)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0595323162/102-2077012-9991338?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance


Before anyone begins flaming me for hawking my book - please don't bother it only detracts from the purpose of this post - EDUCATE YOURSELF. Drag or a moderator will delete the post if they are unhappy with it. I've mentioned a book other than my own so I've provided an option too. There may also be other books out there so if you're interested in educating yourselves but don't like the choices here then find another.

The point is educate yourselves (and I'm not assuming that we hunters don't already know things but we can all further our education.)

I know the antis are educating themselves - and others. They have persuaded many politicians that hunting is "bad," they have infiltrated the board rooms of companies to change company menus, they are depleting the funds of wildlife agencies through litigation, they have united with terorist organizations to put companies out of business, they have "bought" the politicians that legislate hunting privilidges, they have access to a sympathetic media that trumpets anti hunting messages, they will don bear outfits and take to the woods to interrupt hunting, they will assault people wearing fur, etc...

I think it's a small price for hunters to take the time to read, educate ourselves, and begin to educate the non-hunters. When the masses understand the concept of game management and the service it provides we will begin to have the population on OUR side. The greater the number of people that support hunting, the larger our political strength, the better we secure hunting's future.

That's just the beginning.

Ant
 

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Thank you. I thought it had very good meaning and meant alot. Forget for one moment what the state suggest we do.Pretend it's 50 years ago when rules where black and white. Thats where the meaning of this Quote comes from. It's simple. Just have a good time.
 
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Hmmmmm, should I start typing :p:D? I think I said my peace for this week[up]
 
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