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Is hunting an out of norm hobby? I’m no redneck but recently got into it over Quarantine as a fun new thing I’d never think is. It seems when someone asks what you did and I say hunting people get all weird. Why is that? Is it the notion of guns?

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This just isn’t complicated.
hunting where you eat what you kill, use sensible caliber stuff, and spend time in nature (and hunt responsibly in line with local laws) is great - not my thing, but understand why people love it as well as the rich culture and tradition associated with it.

Hunting for sport without eating what you shoot, particularly using military-style weapons or other ridiculously unsporting stuff (Texas exotic game ranches where the animal is about as close to shooting fish in a barrel as you can get) is pretty sad pointless and suggests something about deep-set need to overcompensate for something.

I don’t think there’s much of a need for either side to chortle about hicks or urban libs - owning a gun doesn’t make you a “man” - nor is humanely and responsibly killing animals for food. The jerks who shoot endangered species, etc do deserve to go to jail, though.

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A3 you put too much trust in the organizations that allow people to hunt endangered animals in the name of conservation. No doubt you can pay enough for that organization to flout their own regulations and line their own pockets. You can hunt endangered animals all over the world for the right price. All over africa, asia & latin america. Even places where you wouldn't expect it.

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Time to throw some more kindling on the fire and get excoriorated here. I enjoy trophy hunting deer. Note - I still eat them.

Going after the big guys takes skill, patience, woodcraft, and guile which makes it an interesting pursuit. If I wanted to just tag a deer, I could do so on opening day in about 15 min. But there is also the element of being in nature, observing game patterns, hiking, freezing your butt off, glassing, etc. that makes it interesting. And I've let plenty of big bucks go. The fun is being in nature and making it a challenge- something that I get a feeling most folks on FB wouldn't fully appreciate. When I'm bow hunting, the equation does change a bit as it is definitionally more challenging. Not to mention, taking down does (the baby makers) has a harder impact on population than hunting bucks.

Now, of course for elk (mythical creatures as they are in season), I'll take what I can get for the freezer.

But I'm amazed at what people think hunting is. I'll probably log 50+ miles of backcountry hiking in a given season. A little different than the perception of a Fudd road hunting in his pickup truck. And this is a rapidly growing segment of hunters (reference growth of brands catering to this segment, e.g., Sitka, Kuiu, First Lite, Kifaru, Stone Glacier, Exogear, Kryptek, et al).

Ps - sorry if double post, FB was acting up on phone.

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My only caveat with bow hunting is that if you are going that way, you better be really proficient.

I’ve only had to kill 2 deer in 20+ years that I found, where they had been hit with a bolt by a poor shot. The way deer can turn, it can go in and out at many angles, then they take off and ultimately suffer and die, more than a mile away.

I generally hunt deer hunt with a .338 Winchester though locally it’s buckshot. I prefer the .338 because I don’t want the animal to suffer or have to chase it down after the fact. That and if I come across something that may attempt to eat me, it has added benefit.

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I don’t hunt, but it’s clearly more humane than what’s going on with the likes of Tyson. You can’t eat meat from a supermarket and then ridicule hunters. Killing one deer also gets you like a hundred plus pounds of meat if I’m not mistaken.. compare that to how many smaller animals are killed for each family pack of chicken.

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This. Do you know how many chickens died to make your plate of wings at B-Dubs? I killed one deer that lived it’s entire life outside and happy eating organic free-range whatever buzz words you want to use. And I eat that one deer for a few months.

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Have hunted since I was 6. The only meat I consume now is an animal that I’ve humanely killed myself. Nothing more annoying than anti-hunters who eat meat.
What’s more humane? Stalking an animal naturally in the woods for hours and taking their life, or going to a store and buying a dead animal that was born in a cage and pumped with hormones and steroids their whole life? Give me a break.

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I go hunting annually, I eat my venison. I don’t go for trophies or mounts. I own about a dozen firearms, it is only out of the norm in these circles. People who typically dislike guns just haven’t been around them or don’t know how to safely handle them. Also I advocate for people to carry them if they can as nothing is a better equalizer if you are attacked and the statistics of accidents are much lower than the media would lead you to believe. It is like driving a car, if you don’t know how to drive safely you are going to have a bad time.

I say keep your hobby going if you enjoy it, who cares what other people think.

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Yea I’m not a hunter but everyone in my family does it and I’ve mentioned tht here in DC and get the same response. Usually get mixed responses with alot of southern activities i enjoy . Just chalk it up with the area being yuppies lol (I’m a liberal as well too fyi)

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I, too, enjoy moonshine and sporting clays. 🤠

Try watching Meat Eater on Netflix/YouTube. Very educational but entertaining as well!

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Lol I often hunt mornings before work. Out here everyone hunts, or at least enjoys some good venison or pheasant. I live far out though, but none of my work colleagues in the cities hunt

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Usually public, of which there is a lot of around here. I hunt odd seasons so I always have the place to myself. Leave around 5am and I'm back by 9am on weekdays

Once rut kicks in or any "hot" season I take time off of work to go up to some private land so I can actually spend all day out there

Lower carbon footprint to hunt as well. I have no problem with it. Grew up with guns in the household and learned to shoot and respect firearms. Have never been hunting but have zero issue with people who do (if they are hunting for meat / protecting livestock / culling overpopulated animals) and doing so humanely. I do take some issue with flying to Africa and killing endangered species (though I have heard the licenses are used to fund conservation efforts, not sure how true this is - would be happy to have someone point me to the right information here)

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There are some great documentaries on how trophy hunts actually increase wild populations as then there is a financial benefit for the locals to preserve a species.

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For every animal you don’t eat I’m going to eat three :)

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Never seen a fire truck that needed a shave.

Yes, especially in coastal cities some people will have that reaction. Take it as a positive thing - do you really want to invest your relationship energy in uptight people who will judge you, without getting to know you, because of a hobby?

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Hunting was taught to me as our family, like others, needed a way to feed our family during the Great Depression. On my first experience with my dad, my dads friend shot a lot of birds. At the end of the hunt, the friend asked my dad if he wanted them. My dad and I already had our limit and didn’t want all that bird meat. The guy threw them on the side of the road. My dad went ballistic on him. People do whatever they want, but responsible hunters, eat what they kill. Never saw that guy again. That lesson translated in a lot of different parts of my life.

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Here’s a thought: how much is the disdain from hunting borne out of the dehumanizing rhetoric about rural red states? I do not see these same people complaining about poorer people in other countries relying on hunting for food yet they begrudge those here for supplementing their food sources through means other than SNAP?

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OP, I say who gives a damn. If it’s something you enjoy stick by it. We’re encouraged to bring our “whole” selves to work. Though hunting may be seen as taboo it’s legal and it has its merits (food and population control of animals that would otherwise go unchecked). The people that don’t understand that are so married to their ideas they aren’t worth engaging.

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It’s not guns, it’s the killing for sport. Distasteful.

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This is such a tonedeaf take though. I don’t hunt for the “sport” of it but I will take a hardline stance that even the few hunters that do are comparatively better than those who turn their eyes away from factory farms and buy their meat in ignorance. The fact is that any animal that is hunted, for meat or sport, has lived an incomparably better life than one born on a factory farm and then slaughtered. The fact that so many people here are so put off by people who harvest their own meat and cover their ass by saying “it’s the fact you enjoy it that makes it bad” is such a desperate reach for any statement that justifies your view which is apparently: “I don’t like thinking about where my food comes from, so instead of facing reality I’ll just look down on people who are willing to acknowledge and appreciate the things required for us to live the way we do”

I don’t think I’m going to convince anyone with this essay lol, but as someone who has been knocked for hunting by a ton of people who’ve never thought beyond “killing animals bad” but continue to order their ribeyes and burgers, I am sick of this mentality.

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No it’s not weird. Hunting is needed for many reasons. Make sure you are doing it legally and that you use as much as possible of your harvest. What you don’t want but it’s still edible donate it. Hunting is fun but don’t kill to kill. Do it because it feeds you and you can keep control of diseases that would otherwise spread and affect animals exponentially and us at the end.

Happy hunting, from the girl that see it’s value💙❤️

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Hell yeah man! Nothing beats harvesting your food from scratch, whether you’re gardening, raising animals, or hunting.

In today’s day and age people are so disconnected from the process that goes into real food that hunting is a totally alien concept, plus “guns are bad, mkay?”

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As someone who spends waaay to much time thinking about hunting during waking hours, I do avoid the topic in a professional setting unless someone else brings it up first. Never know how sensitive someone will be on that subject and not worth the risk in client conversations. Love talking about hunting though to others who share the interest.

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Typically same. Spent way too much on gear upgrades over past year (primarily backcountry clothing and gear to enhance my kit for late season elk). Can't wait for next season.

I don’t think it’s abnormal, even in DC I know many folks that are into upland bird and waterfowl hunting.

The ones who are uncomfortable with it tend to be enormous hypocrites who would just rather have someone else do their killing for them by buying meat at the supermarket rather than killing it themselves. Many people are totally disconnected from where our food comes from.

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It’s not weird but I think people get squirrelly about it (pun intended) due to discomfort with guns and preconceived notions (think red hats). Personally I don’t mention hunting or firearms at work unless I know it would be received well.

I had a client in TX where it was a good talking point to build a better connection. I’ve had other clients where I wouldn’t dream of mentioning it.

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It depends on where you live. In many places, like Michigan- opening day of deer season is an unofficial holiday for schools and companies.

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People from urban/suburban settings can be just as ignorant as people from rural settings and can be rather closed minded. What people don’t understand is that hunting is 99.999% spending time in the outdoors (many times with others) and 0.001% killing animals. I personally tell coworkers I’m fishing because they don’t associate fish as being an animal or involving death. It’s weird but work isn’t a place to have these nuanced discussions.

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A1- You are tiresome. You want to equate the killing of any animal to murder?

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