I am happy to announce that my first article for Filson Life blog has been published.
The alarm on my watch went off at 4:30 AM. I hopped up and dressed in layer upon layer, the whole time noticing so many things about the special room that I was in – the photos on the desk, the shotgun above the door, and the various wildlife mounts on the walls. Each of these items represented so many stories. Even though I wasn’t a part of many of those stories, I felt like they were a part of me….
Filson has done a great job with selecting a very diverse lineup of bloggers to be contributors, and the Filson Life blog is going to be a great destination for outdoors articles. I am honored to be a part of this project!
While we are on the subject of the heritage of hunting, the Boone & Crockett Club recently published a great article on Ten Ways to Protect America’s Hunting Heritage. The whole article is definitely worth checking out, but here is a quick look at the ten points on how you can help protect the heritage of hunting:
- Hunting is allowed today because the vast majority of hunters through the ages have respectfully followed laws, regulations, safety rules and high ethical standards known as fair chase–the sporting pursuit and taking of native free-ranging game species in a manner that does not give the hunter improper advantage. Continue the tradition.
- Remember: Any animal taken in fair chase is a trophy.
- America’s system of conservation and wildlife management is the most successful ever developed. It works only because of funding from hunters. Spread the word.
- Respect the customs of the local area where you’re hunting, including the beliefs and values of those who do not hunt.
- This season, make every attempt to take a youngster hunting. If you already hunt with your son or daughter, invite one of their friends to come along.
- Technology is a wonderful thing until it replaces the skills necessary to be a complete hunter. If it seems gratuitous, leave it at home.
- Always ask permission before hunting private land. Respect landowners.
- Tread lightly, especially on public land. ATVs have their place–on roads and trails. If you pack it in, pack it out.
- Sportsmen have always been instrumental in managing big game herds. If antlerless harvest is encouraged in your area and you have the opportunity, take a doe or cow.
- Remember: The reason for a hunt is intrinsically about the experience. A kill is a justifiable outcome but not the only definition of a successful hunt.