So it should come as no surprise that "anti-hunting" is a hot button topic on the "anti's" list. And truth be told these cyber douche hawks, that are perched on their keyboards waiting for their next opportunity to rip someone apart, are only causing feelings of angst and the desire to be anti-social, instead of highlighting the plight of conservation and wildlife. As a matter of fact, I will claim that hunting is a lightning rod for controversy and to prove my point there has been several examples dominating the news cycle just this week. So as irritable bowel syndrome is associated with a Mexican buffet the usual suspects always show up at the "anti-hunting" party: PETA, the Human Society and countless other bloviating crusaders that hide behind profile pictures and fake names. Moreover, they point fingers and spew hateful diatribe about what kind of barbaric, incestual and uneducated people we as hunters are and they are well rehearsed and have a retort for almost every fact that us hunters use to positively reinforce our way of life. I could speak of population control, regurgitate all the statistical data about the amount of money hunters generate and how we are the one's footing the bill for conservation, protecting, developing and maintaining habitat and wildlife and it would amount to diddly-squat in their eyes. But why? I, personally, think it boils down to inexperience and embellished emotions. Because honest hard work used to come in the form of calloused hands and pure intentions and had nothing to do with pressing buttons on your phone or keyboard. There was a time, not very long ago, that us American's dreamt of a tangible existence and we sought an adventuresome life that we formed our beliefs and opinions from. Fast-forward, to present time, and it appears the meaning of life is hidden in a billion different YouTube videos and that Lady Gaga is the authority on any, and all, important, subject matters. Like who to vote for, possibly some sexual advice, you know, things your parents aren't aware of.
Lastly, doom and gloom isn't my overall prediction because I'm convinced that if the "anti's" just gave hunting a thought, and experienced it for themselves, and its practices, they would walk away with a greater understanding of it and of hunters as a whole. I'll be candid. I love to hunt and I enjoy its challenges, its rewards and I respect the life that the outdoors promotes. In short, the best defense against these well funded "anti-hunting" lunatics is to be well informed, polite yet firm, but more importantly, to raise our kids and their generation as outdoorsmen and women and good stewards of our natural resources. So as the radical populations rise - so do the number of hunters.
Hugs, Handshakes and Happy Hunting!