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|12-26-2012 04:29 PM|
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.
|12-26-2012 03:07 PM|
I eat meat - beef, chicken, bacon mainly. My dogs eat meat. I live on a farm and we have sheep and Highland cattle. I am not keen on pork or fish, I do like lamb chops, but don't eat much lamb at all. All our animals lead a natural, healthy and mostly organic life, but can't always guarantee their end, as many are sold at market and could go one of a few ways (bought for breeding, for meat or for fattening up etc)
I wish all animals could be raised as naturally as possible and be treated with kindness and respect, and be humanely slaughtered either at small, local abattoirs or actually on the farm where they are raised/kept.
If I had to kill my own animals for meat, I would definitely become a vegetarian.
I, too, abhor trophy hunting.
|12-26-2012 01:24 PM|
Originally Posted by billsharp View Post
To me, there are only a few GOOD reasons to kill an animal. One is for food. One is for self-defense or defense of livestock. Another is if the animal is suffering. But killing an animal just for bragging rights? "I'm such a badass cause I shot a beautiful male lion that was minding its own business." Sorry, I don't understand that.
|12-26-2012 12:56 PM|
I love to eat meat. We are evolved and genetically programmed to consume meat, although we could give it up. I choose to consume.
I was raised keeping a small herd of cattle and we processed a calf every year for meat. Having participated the killing and dressing, I have no problem with the process, although I don't think that it should be purposefully or unnecessarily cruel.
Although I don't object to hunting for sport, and am comfortable talking with buddies about hunting, I am too tender-hearted to shoot animals for fun. It is not particularly fun for me.
|12-26-2012 12:44 PM|
Originally Posted by Kyleigh View Post
|12-26-2012 12:40 PM|
I was raised a farm girl, so I've eaten many of the animals I've raised. Some of the lambs we'd have butchered I'd raise from newborns and show them in the fair. At first it's kinda hard, but you learn to think of it as, "It's not a pet. It's livestock." We treat our animals very very well, and I was raised to have an overall respect for the animals. That being said, they're here for us, so eating them is part of life.
Now, I personally don't like very much meat. It is not some ethical objection I have to it, but more a taste preference. I like lamb, some chicken, and some fish, but that's about it. I don't like beef at all. I will eat it if I am served it, because I don't like to be rude, but of my own volition I don't cook it. Same with pork (with the exception of bacon). That being said, I will cook either one of those meats for my family (I love love love to cook); I just eat cereal while they eat a steak lol!
|12-26-2012 12:28 PM|
I like meat - filet especially! and great burgers....chicken and pork are regular menu choices here....fish - not so much since I found worms in raw orange roughy from a reputable fish market - love lobster, shrimp, scallops and crab.....I have eaten venison, pheasant, rabbit...I cannot fathom the joy people get from hunting and taking the life of an animal - unless we had a total sci-fi like end of the world situation, I cannot imagine killing an animal to eat it...
I love animals - I hate hearing/knowing about the meat industy....
I am a total hypocrite because I eat meat and enjoy it....
|12-26-2012 12:09 PM|
I like beef, but it is too expensive.
Chicken seems to be the meat of choice on my budget.
I like various cuts of pork, bacon, and sausage.
I like rabbit but I never get it, since Dad stopped hunting, and I am too lazy, and too cheap to buy a hunting license.
I don't like deer, but I can stomach it if only to get the rotten rodents off the roads.
I like pheasant and grouse, but Dad doesn't hunt anymore.
I like walleye, relatively small, very fresh and broiled with a little butter.
I like orange roughy made the same way.
No other fish, the only other sea food I like are peel and eat shrimp and mushroom stuffed crab or crab stuffed mushrooms.
|12-26-2012 03:38 AM|
I will eat anything that doesnt eat me first. I am a carnivor. Meat and potatoes pretty much every day in some form or the other. I tolerate anything green only because I know its good for me. I eat a lot fruits and veggies but somewhere on that plate there better be some meat. My favorite is a medium rare steak. Chicken is doable if its fried. Baked is like...I guess if I have to. Sea food is good as long as it comes out of the deep fryer. I've also ate my fair share of squrells and rabits. Also not bad. Between meals im usually chewin on some beef jerky.
BEEF!!! Its whats for dinner.
|12-25-2012 12:34 AM|
I like meat. I understand that animals are raised for meat. Frankly, nature is not pretty, starvation is ugly and it happens naturally in the wild. So does the ripping and tearing of herbivores by carnivores.
I do not want to see animals abused, but I do not insist on free-range chickens and any specially raised meats. I mean, maybe I can pay the extra for myself, but no way can I ensure that all my dogs are eating only meat that is raised and slaughtered in any special way. So if I am willing to buy bargain meats for them, or dog food, than buying only specially raised meat for myself is kind of hypocritical.
I guess I see it as more important for my dogs to have eggs, and chicken than it is for me to ensure that all the chickens in the world are raised a certain way. If that makes me a bad person, oh well, I am still going to feed my dogs chicken and eggs, and I will eat the same chicken and eggs that they do.
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