Monday, July 28, 2014


One of the things that annoys me the most about modern hunting practices, as advertised in visual and print media, is the continuing insistence that modern hunting and the hunters who use the latest innovations, (clothing, tools, machinery, etc.) are tough, macho, stalwart.  I have to chuckle every time I think of a recent advertisement for a 4 person ATV, full of grim faced "outdoorsmen"; machine and riders all in camouflage, driving through a creek, mud flying, hanging on with obvious manly effort and determination.  I'm sure with all that attention to obscuring their presence, they drove right up on the object of their strenuous quest.  How rewarding it must be.

Okay, contrast that image, with this reality.

Now this guy really is a bad-ass.  And secure/sensitive enough to pray in public.

I dare, (nay, double dog dare) some outdoor network to present a show based entirely on the successes or failures of hunters (male and female) who commit to primitive gear and hunting skill, pursuing wild game, (non-managed, no 'ranches' or high fences).  It will likely never happen.  Who would sponsor such a show?  Imagine the ads for this one.  "How to succeed as a hunter and achieve a hitherto unimagined sense of personal satisfaction, while utilizing exactly nothing that we sell!  If it's too hard and you want to settle for less, give us a call!"  While I utilized male oriented language, we shouldn't leave out the super-model huntresses currently and more recently gracing the air waves.  They too can enjoy the sweat, grime, and strain of hunting without space age polymers and petroleum based fibers getting in the way. 

I'm considering a Kickstarter campaign for just such a project.  Let me know if you're interested.

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