posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:31 PM
After reading the postings by other ATS members I have to strongly agree with ATS members Gannicus and Metaldemon2000 that it is about respect for the
animal you are harvesting and also about how that animal was killed.
I have been hunting since a youth and the first thing I ever learned from my uncles and cousins when I first went boar hunting is that we must respect
the animal for its sacrifice to feed and nourish those that will consume it and to be vigilant in taking that animals life in a humane and quick
This rule was demanded and ingrained in me and I am proud to have learned it. No wounding shots and no having fun with any dying animal ever.
This is why these days, even when I shoot fat squirrels, I give thanks for the cycle of life and do my best to always ensure a shot that immediately
kills the animal. In such a way, the hunter has done his part by respecting the animals death and by showing to others that the taking of any animals
life to sustain life should be taken with great concern for that key heart shot that immediately kills the animal and brings it down where shot.
I mention this discussion because in the many years after learning about hunting the many type of animals that can be hunted, only when one hunts an
animal that can kill you does this ideology hold even more emphasis.
I took the hunting lessons I was taught by those much older than myself as a youth and as I grew into adult hood, those lessons even served me in
combat while on active duty from Viet Nam until the first Gulf War in 1991 and even into Somalia in 1993 on a so called humanitarian mission.
Whenever I had to do what Infantry combat soldiers do, even then, I was always willingly determined to do what I had to do to survive and as part of
that process, I gave respect to anyone who had to die as a result of such an encounter with me while seeking to become the survivor to our life and
I respect human life and animals as I respect how human lives are taken in combat. I apply the same philosophy in whatever I seek to shoot, because I
do so with concern for a merciful kill and a quick kill.
Kill or die comes to mind, but to me it was much more than being put in a life and death situation.
Only in such a way as i described have I been able to understand the lessons I learned as a youth with regard to respecting what you shoot for
sustenance and because of that youthful lesson, I was better prepared to deal with the taking of human lives in any life and death combat situations
that I would eventually experienced in my many years of active duty service and combat encounters.
Any long lived combat veteran will most likely agree, but if they don't that's alright as well, because I fully understand many don't adhere to my
approach, but as many who know me would say, I made it where others didn't and I sometimes wonder regularly on a personal level if my philosophy just
might be in agreement with a higher power.
I know that may sound strange to some, but because I am a believer, I believe there is nothing that is unknown about my inner intentions to such a
higher power. As such, my confrontation with life and death is seen for what it really was and for that I sometimes think it is what allowed be to
survive where others did not.
I don't know, but anyone who takes any animals life with respect for the cycle of life, will no doubt learn a meaningful lesson about life and about
what others hunters respect when it comes to killing deer, boar, bear, or any animal for that matter.
I just wanted to add to this discussion, because too many will not see the significance in the sheer honesty of posts like Gannicus and Metaldemon2000
have made. Just thought you should know that after reading their postings, it made me think of when I first was exposed to such ideas. That is when
I decided to add to this discussion.
Thanks for the thread and thank you for considering these thoughts on the subject at hand.