“Hunting is the act of hiking with a bomb in your hands.”
Killer Hike is an article from Backpacker Magazine that I read a few months back. When I first read it, I was really surprised for a couple of reasons, one being simply that an article about hunting was in Backpacker. Really though, this article touched me greatly because someone was putting to words what I had been thinking for so long: “Why is the outdoors world so divided?” The outdoors world, as in politics, is often made up of opposing forces on opposite sides, who need to work together. These two sides have more in common than they realize. The author of the article, Bruce Barcott, puts it this way…
“We live in a world too cleanly divided. We are red states or blue states, urban or rural, creamy or crunchy. The outdoor world suffers miserably from this binary split. We are hikers or hunters, two cultures divided by a chasm of ignorance and mistrust. We wear Patagonia R2 fleece or Mossy Oak Break-Up camouflage. Our seasons have different names: One person’s duck season is another’s ski season. The catalogs in our mailbox define us: Cabela’s or REI. Six years ago, the rift was distilled in two political bumper stickers. Sportsmen for Bush. Climbers for Kerry.”
Whether you are a hunter, a climber, or a bird watcher, if you are an outdoorsman in any way, you need to read this article. It is enlightening to find common ground between us all, and hopefully we can build on this common ground, to learn from one another and work together to protect what we love: the great outdoors.