I think there is more to hunting, then driving up close to where the game animal is, and waiting for a few minutes, and when it comes along, shooting it.
I think a lot of it is being one with nature, being out there in the woods, and being able to look at the signs and hunt for the animal without getting lost, etc. You might walk for 6 or 8 hours and not see anything to shoot at. But if you do, see a critter, you must know if it is in season, a good specimen, in some cases male or female, and then you need to shoot it, preferably on the wing if it is a bird.
Then you have to go and find it, if it was a proper shot, a bird or rabbit will go down pretty much where you shot it. Larger animals might run for quite a distance before they quit.
Then you have to field dress it. I think this has to appeal only to the naturalist. Yuck, but you have to know how to get the guts and sex glands out, if you do not want the meat spoiled.
Then you have to haul it out of the woods and get it home or to whoever will process it for you.
If you have a hunting dog, it is seriously interesting and enjoyable to watch a dog do what it was bred for: watching a setter hunt, and then set, holding a bird with its eyes. Watching a a dog flush out the game. Watching them get birdy. Watching them retrieve or point. I am sure those who hunt with hounds have a list of their own hound-dog related hunting stuff that is just awesome to watch.
We have herding dogs. And it is exciting and interesting to watch our dogs do that.
I have no problem with trophy hunting. Limits are put on all critters. These are determined by the department of wildlife. If no more than that many animals are harvested, their numbers will be fine and it will be better for the remaining animals and the other game if the overage of these animals are culled.
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