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10/10/2008 5:46 AM

Perhaps my approach to hunting is not the same as everybody's. I regard it as the most loving way to kill for food.

First, because the hunter is someone who takes full responsibility for doing that task (as compared, for example, to purchasing meat in a local meat vendor from animals that have been penned up under stressful circumstances, then killed in an inhumane manner by anonymous contributors --purchasers--).

Hunting is a one-on-one arrangement with Manitou for sustenance, and requires a host of compensating behaviours we now term 'conservation'.

And secondly, as an accurate shooter, I know the animal will never know what happened to it. One moment, it is prancing around the forest enjoying its life; the next split second, it is meat for the table. It never even hears the gunshot, which at 1000 mps or more is much faster than the speed of sound. Death from a heart shot is instantaneous, since in the smallest fraction of a second the impact spreads in a cone from a bullet sized 1/4 inch to more than 10 inches in diameter. I used to bow hunt, and loved it. But I stopped because it takes 10 to 20 minutes for a good heart/lung shot to bleed out the animal, which must then be tracked until found where it went down; and although the arrows travel right through their target, there are no guarantees that it doesn't die in pain. Not humane enough for me.

Lastly, the act of hunting is the act of becoming one with the wild forest together with the act of a deep abiding communication with fellow hunters in the same hunt that reaches back into some satisfying deep past steeped in ancient unwritten history and soul-connection. It's an old-brain activity that originated when the hunter could as well become the hunted at any time, and hunters moved together as much for protection as better ensuring the success of the hunt.

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