People hunt for all kinds of reasons, but certainly a common one would be the acquisition of wild game for food. Is that a valid reason to hunt in our modern day? Is hunting for sustenance a legitimate pursuit?
Acquiring meat is as simple as making a quick drive, walking through a parking lot, selecting any cut we desire, and then paying for it. That’s easy.
Hunting, however, is not so easy. You have to find a place to hunt and then find the time. Hunting requires that you educate yourself on the behavior of animals, as well as the proper use of your weapon.
Sometimes just seeing the game that you are pursuing is a challenge, but seeing them and being able to kill them are two completely different things. Killing these smart, instinct-driven animals can be a tough test to pass. Then, once skill and luck have mingled at fate’s choosing and you have killed some game, oh – then the work begins. Now you have to get your hands dirty and bloody; this too, takes more knowledge and time, and some fortitude.
The animal has now been found, killed, and cleaned, but how is it going to get to your plate? Time is spent breaking down the animal into manageable sections, then trimming, selecting, and cutting. Finally, after many hours of work and dedication, you have something that somewhat resembles what you could have purchased in mere minutes at nearly any store. But what they have at the store isn’t the same thing.
If meat is just meat, then hunting for food doesn’t make sense.
Maybe that doesn’t make sense. Or, maybe you are a hunter, and all of this does make sense.
Maybe you are like me.