posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 10:27 AM
The best hunters know their prey well and have the utmost respect for animals, wether they hunt them or not. In the past, hunters would learn so much
from one animal that due to respect they would never hunt that species again.
Hunters who have to take their food from limited areas struggle with a conflict of interests; while relying on hunting for an energy rich diet, they
also depended on the well-being of their prey. In some regions of the world, native hunters to this day pass down through the generations the vital
knowledge of how many animals of which species and from which territory they may take in which season.
Therefore the hunter would be bound by necessity to be at the same time be a conservationist. Hunters who have learned this ancient respect will tell
you that their aim in life is not to impose themselves upon nature but instead to find an understanding of nature, whilst being in harmony with
nature, for the long term well-being of nature, family and tribe.
This deep seated philosophy is often overlooked by those who criticise all forms of animal hunting, and by those that seek to gain more than they
need. Say if more people were to experience this form of learning, I believe more respect would be accorded to wild creatures and their habitats.
(Modern hunting for sport and leisure is however much more controversial)
All this about hunting may seem irrelevant to you, but one day you may find yourself out in the wild without food, when a basic understanding of
primitive hunting may save your life.
The hunters way is exemplified by this old Cherokee teaching, from the book; The Education of Little Tree
The quail rose in a rush and sped into the trees - but one was slow. The hawk hit. Feathers flew into the air, and then the birds were on the ground,
the hawks head rising and falling with the death blows. In a moment he rose with the dead quail clutched in his claws, back up the side of the
mountain and over the rim.
I didn't cry, but I know I looked sad, because granpa said, "Don't feel sad, Little Tree. It is the way. Tal-con eats a thousand ground rats who eat
the the eggs of the quail - both the quick and the slow eggs - and so Tal-con lives by the Way. He helps the quail."
Granpa dug a sweet root from the ground with his knife and peeled it so that it dripped with its juicy winter cache of life. He cut it in half and
handed me the heavy end.
"It is the way," he said softly. "Take only what Ye need. When Ye take the deer, do not take the best. Take the smaller and the slower and then the
deer will grow stronger and always give you meat."
edit on 11-1-2012 by Dionisius because: typo
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