This Great Tradition by Jeff Wells
There is more to hunting then just collecting trophies!! Let's face it, today's society hunting is a sport. It's been that way for a while now. You look on the magazine shelves, tune your tv to the outdoor channel, sportsman channel, pursuit, and gen7 outdoors. We're presented with hunters that have big time sponsors, slots on the programming all in pursuit of the biggest rack, longest beard, biggest fish, and the most amount of birds that will fly in front of them.
Hunting used to not be a sport or a way of life. Rather it was considered grocery shopping. This was how our ancestors were able to feed there family, the village they lived in. A way one could show gratitude of thanks by sharing the kill with a neighbor for the help they received. This is what we know of hunting today stems from. For many of us we keep it true to the roots. We can harvest a deer or turkey and share not only the experience but the meat with our family and friends. We're able to post on social media and show off our kill, be congratulated on such a blessing. A BLESSING brings me to another point. That's exactly what hunting is, God gave man the ability to hunt and to provide. If we could ask he didn't give that ability to be a sport but man turned it into one. So with each harvest we as sportsman should thank the good lord for the opportunity and the blessed day, to bless the food that we now have. Also to enjoy his creation become one with nature and what is presented before us and to cherish and preserve our natural resources that has been provided for so long.
There is somebody else to thank as well especially in America. We are the "Home of the brave and the land of the free!" Without our forefathers, our brothers, sisters, friends that have given up a sacrifice we as sportsman would not have the right or the freedom to enjoy what we truly love and have a passion for. My point is for most of us that enjoy hunting we cannot forgot the creator and the men and women that fought for us to exercise this freedom. So the next time you let an arrow fly or pull the trigger and harvest and animal. Remember to be thankful for who is responsible for allowing us to do so. Be sure to pass on this great tradition with the respect it deserves!