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I may just give that tv show a look.

I’ve known for myself that it’s never been about the food, that’s what grocery stores are for. I for most just like being there, and will gladly line up someone else to take a shot or have the good fishing position. I pull the trigger secondarily a little for the thrill and maybe the trophy. And by trophy, I just mean to me and not necessarily in any one else’s eyes.

No doubt, whatever name it goes by, varmint hunting just brings too much pleasure for me to pass up. I also have little doubt that many of these critters are pests that’re not welcomed by ranchers and farmers, in some areas, and there’s no doubt in my mind that many of these critters directly threaten nesting waterfowl and upland birds. My game spotting ability really gets sharpened on varmints, just a few weeks ago I leveled off on a beady little eye that was looking back at me that turned out to be a Hun, in short supply for a few years and maybe coming back, we’ll see.

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I have loved to hunt for as long as I can remember, still do but the focus on the kill has lessened with time. I love putting time in during the pursuit and seeing the amazing things our natural world has to offer. I hunt as much as I can from September through January and pretty well feed myself on wild meat. I buy bacon and lunchmeat at the store but otherwise it is Venison and wild birds as my main source of protien. I will hunt as long as I am able and the dogs and I put miles in everyday on the trail in an effort to say at it as long as possible. As for the decline in the interest in hunting, it may have begun a long time ago.

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I like most of Steve Rinella’s shows, but I had to laugh at one episode of duck hunting where he lamented about being unable to connect because he’d lost his front bead!!!


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For the last five years I have been taking kids dove hunting in my fields. To be accurate I try to take fathers and sons but a few have not had a father willing or interested in going. One mom came with her son and this year is returning with her daughter. Son will be with one of my sons on another peg. Not talking big numbers but everyone has had a positive experience and all but on have returned once or more. For many I think the urge to hunt first needs the opportunity to hunt and a mentor. I’ve got a place, can provide all the gear and will try to include other family members in the experience. All they need is interest to try it.

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We started out as either hunters or gatherers. Did the hunters evolve toward domestication of animals and the gatherers toward agriculturalists? Even though hunters killed off the large Pleistocene mammals in many areas, I believe the agriculturalists have caused far more environmental harm and loss of species diversity by deforestation, wetland drainage, impounding water, and turning the grassland sod upside down than have the hunters (trappers and fishermen included).

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Originally Posted by Hal
We started out as either hunters or gatherers. Did the hunters evolve toward domestication of animals and the gatherers toward agriculturalists? Even though hunters killed off the large Pleistocene mammals in many areas, I believe the agriculturalists have caused far more environmental harm and loss of species diversity by deforestation, wetland drainage, impounding water, and turning the grassland sod upside down than have the hunters (trappers and fishermen included).

Well, I guess I'm a double damage doer ............ a hunter and an "agriculturist".

But really, when people start bashing agriculture, they shouldn't talk with their mouths full. How about all the urban development that has taken millions of acres out of the pristine pre-humo-sapien environment. Guess that's okay, since you didn't mention it.


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Makes me want to vomit with all the urban sprawl. I’m afraid the Chinese will be taking over soon, especially with this clown for a President, and then what?


Socialism is almost the worst.
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I think we were both hunters and gatherers for the great bulk of human and pre-human history and we certainly eradicated all the large mammals (and huge birds) from most of the world - Africa was the exception because the gradual evolution of human hunting gave that fauna time to evolve antipredator behavior towards human hunting. Subsequent to those extinctions, I don't think that agriculture per se was responsible for environmental devastation - that has been due to the immense increase in human numbers that agriculture, domestic livestock, and much more recently, medicine, has made possible. The earth would be in fine shape if there were perhaps one billion people; with eight billion, we and our children are witnessing the eradication of a vast number of species and the destruction of most ecosystems. All environmental problems are the result of too many people.

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War and/or disease will soon keep the huge population in check, I’m sadly betting….


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It’s my heart not my stomach that drive me to get up at 4:00 AM. I love eating quail but it’s the excitement of hunting with my dogs with a nice gun that fires me up.
When I open the back door at that time of day the dogs already know we are going hunting. It’s the rhythmic tap of their tails against the side of the dog box letting me know how excited they are to be going hunting.
It’s the whine and pawing at the doors as all 3 or 4 dogs dogs all shake with excitement wanting to be the first on the ground.
It’s the knowledge they have of knowing the tracking collar needs to go on before the hunt and with the strapping it on their excitement knowing the game is about to begin.
It’s the tweet on the whistle and at the sound launching like a horse from the starting gate out into the hills.
It’s the amazement again as I watch them cut into the wind making wide casts across the oak covered hill sides. Watching as they cover 100’s of yards in mear seconds.
Watching as at one moment they are on a dead run the next moment slamming on the brakes to become staunch as a statue.
It’s the walking up to that dog and observing it with its head held high and it’s mouth slightly open pulling the scent through its nose and out its mouth tasting the scent of the birds.
It’s that few seconds when you push ahead flushing the covey. The sound of the birds with their distinct TWURRRRRRRR as they rise up screaming through the opening in the oak trees.
It’s your heart racing and the adrenaline pumping that although you know it’s about to come always makes you jump just a little as you are flooded with excitement.
It’s the memory you will carry of the sight picture you capture as you swing on the bird and the at the report the dropping of a bird and with feathers still in the air. That secondary flush that seems to come many times yet still catches you by surprise and seems to jump start your heart once more.
Finally it’s your special hunting partner racing past you to make the retrieve. With her locating the bird many times out of sight for a moment, then the reappearance with the bird held in her mouth as she brings it to you.
Then as quickly as you put the bird in your vest she launches out back to business and refocused on finding that next bird.

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