'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes
March 16th, 2012
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“Within a few minutes, I spot a rabbit and make my first kill with the bow and arrow. It’s not my usual clean shot through the eye, but I’ll take it,” says the narrator in “The Hunger Games.”

“The Hunger Games” is the wildly popular trilogy of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins – and the narrator is not a stereotypical camouflage-clad hunter; she’s a 16-year-old girl.

The eagerly anticipated first film of the series hits theaters on March 23, and with the growing popularity of protagonist Katniss Everdeen, aims to shoot down conventional ideas of people who hunt.

“When people hear that I hunt, their first reaction is usually either: ‘Huh? Not many girls your age can say that,’ or the standard ‘I-don't-know-how-to-react’ response which consists of the person raising their eyebrows to their hairlines and just saying, ‘Wow!’” says Mikayla Lewis, 15, from Bend, Oregon.

Mikayla grew up in a hunting family, took up the bow at the age of two and passed Hunter Education by the time she was 10 years old. Her father is Gary Lewis, a popular outdoor writer and television host.

“In our family, we try to eat mainly wild meat. Deer and elk are staples on our table,” he says.

Being part of the young adult demographic, Mikayla has read “The Hunger Games” and found more than entertainment within the pages - she found a little bit of herself.

“Katniss is a good representation of female hunters. We're not what you expect,” Mikayla says. “We can be pretty just like any other girl, even if we're not afraid to get dirty.”

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Rogers of Cleveland, Georgia, also grew up hunting and pored through the “Hunger Games” trilogy.

“Katniss is a very independent young woman like me, who enjoys the outdoor environment. We both like the peace and tranquility offered by the cover of the trees,” she says. “Hunting offers an escape for the both of us so that we can forget our troubling lives outside of our territory.”

Savannah killed her first deer at her dad’s hunting club when she was eight years old. Her mom was in the box stand with her.

“I believe self-provision and self-reliance in all aspects of life are important to learn for a multitude of reasons,” says Savannah’s mother, Rachel Rogers. “I’ll try to keep it simple. The saying, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ is true to the core.”

But unlike Mikayla and Savannah, not every girl who hunts now spent their childhood tucked away in deer hunting stands.

Before becoming a cook at celebrated farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, self-described “city girl” Georgia Pellegrini worked with a slightly more corporate crowd as a financial analyst for Lehman Brothers.

It was at Stone Barns that Pellegrini, now 30, killed her first animal - a wild turkey - at the instruction of her chef.

“It was an emotionally intense moment, but a transformative moment,” she says. “It’s always really scary to cross over that threshold and do something like that. But once I crossed over it, it felt very natural.”

While Pellegrini says she receives the same dubious looks as Savannah and Mikayla mentioned, the overall reaction to her lifestyle is surprisingly less judgmental than she expected.

“I don’t get a lot of bad reactions. I would have expected to have more,” she says, adding that most of the non-hunters she has spoken to are “quietly curious;” they admire her, but don’t think they could do it themselves.

In her book “Girl Hunter,” Pellegrini makes sure to point out that in Roman mythology, the master of the hunt was the goddess Diana – not a man.

“It’s actually a form of sophistication to know how to shoot properly as a woman in England. In this country, hunting became a sign of being less evolved, whereas in other cultures, it’s a sign of being more evolved,” she says.

If anything, Pellegrini asserts femininity is an advantage in the field.

“Own the fact that you’re a woman. Women are wonderful shots. They’re very meticulous, patient and they’re very careful,” says Pellegrini.

Mikayla agrees: “The stereotypical hunter is expected to be a fat, drunk dude, and the stereotypical girl is expected to be squeamish and delicate. I feel like girls who are hunters are in the special position to punch both stereotypes in the face."

wild turkey schnitzel

Wild Turkey Schnitzel
Courtesy "Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time"
Serves 6 to 8

Schnitzel is an Austrian breaded cutlet, thin and fried. The Austrian woman who first cooked it for me served it with lingonberry sauce, but it would also go well with cranberry relish or your favorite chutney. It could also be served with gravy, mashed potatoes, or on a sandwich with tomato sauce.

1 turkey breast, cut thinly into slices, on the bias against the grain
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 egg
1 cup panko
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup grape seed oil
Salt and pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Cranberry relish (or lingonberry sauce)

Set three plates and one wide bowl on the counter. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and lay one turkey cutlet on it. Lay a second sheet of plastic over the turkey and pound it gently with a rolling pin, meat pounder, or wine bottle until it is thin and even. Set the cutlet on the first plate. Pound the remaining cutlets and add to the first plate.

Place the flour, oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes on the second plate and mix. Place the egg in the bowl and beat it lightly with a fork. On the third plate, combine the panko and paprika.

Heat the grape seed oil on medium heat in a skillet until a sprinkle of flour into the oil sizzles. Lay a turkey cutlet first into the flour mixture, then the egg wash, then the bread crumbs and place directly in the hot oil. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side and transfer to a rack set over a sheet tray or paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to preserve the crispness.

Serve immediately with a wedge of lemon and cranberry relish or lingonberry sauce.

Cranberry Relish
Makes 2 1/2 cups

4 cups fresh cranberries, washed and picked over
1 large navel orange, peel on and washed well, cut into small wedges
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/3 cup sugar

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined but still coarse.

Refrigerate in a covered bowl or glass jar overnight before serving.

This will store well for several weeks and improve with age.

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  1. Super 8 Motel Concierge@ Umpha & Randoid

    Get a room,and you can bring your frog legs and sprouts with you.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Was thinking that earlier, LOL. Scroll through 5 pages of arguing.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  2. This book, this movie is garbage......

    All the storyline is about is just a play on marrying violence (killing human beings) with sex (female killers). It's a disgusting piece of work let loose at a time when the world needs LESS stories about violence.

    And this BS about hunting for food...please, there is no need unless you are flat broke and living in the woods...and who is, those that can buy pricey firearms do NOT need to hunt for food. 99 percent of hunters just DO so because of the thrill of the kill, no matter what BS line they spew out of their mouth.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  3. randoid 1234

    " If you were on a battlefield fighting against an equally intelligent target,another human, you would have a point, but an animal? " Did you already forget what you wrote? How could I get anything else from it. Maybe you're not "to" bright. You probably don't hunt because you are as good at that as you are at arguing and grammar.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      "How could I get anything else from it. Maybe you're not "to" bright"


      March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • randoid 1234

        I failed on hitting reply. I was actually pointing out that in someone else's post.

        March 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Ah. I pardon you.

          March 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Umpha

      Misspelling "to" vs "No they don't sense" and this gem "Go find someone that's your argument equal since you seem" Hilarious. Are you trying to make yourself look foolish?

      March 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
      • randoid1234

        You did all of that moron. I was mocking you.

        March 17, 2012 at 12:32 am |
        • umpha

          Yeah, I wrote your misspelled drivel. Good God you are stupid.

          March 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
      • Earnhardt

        Will you two get married already?

        March 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  4. Debby

    You had to know the hunting trolls will be out in full force defending their "sport". How is it sport to kill a defenseless animal for fun? Spare me your diatribes about eating what you kill. What about a "canned hunt" where some arm chair loser can "shoot" a caged lion, zebra etc? The vast majority of hunters kill for sport, not food. FYI, I also oppose factory farming, it is a disgutsing and obscene practice based on profit. The saddest thing about these practices is we seem to be taking a giant step backward. So much for civilization!

    March 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Someone forgot to take their pills today.

      Scroll down and read the dozens of similar rants/discussions on this topic. You have added nothing new today.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • Debby

        "Someone forgot to take their pills today. You've added nothing new."

        Wow, and you have? When all else fails, go for the insult. So original. This is an opinion piece and that makes my opinion just as valid as anyone elses.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          I didn't insult anyone. I merely stated you seem to have forgotten to take your pills today.

          Your comment of "arm-chair loser" is more of an insult thus demonstrating my concern of your high blood pressure. I will BBQ a steak for you right away. It will help you.

          March 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          No it doesn't.

          March 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • LaLa

      Not sport. Food. Unprocessed, chemical-free, un-caged, wild-raised, natural food.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Jim


        March 17, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Umpha

      I know, women aren't cool unless they are acting like trashy men. Hunting is so outdated and unnecessary this day and an age. They should leave it to the fat drunk stereotypes. Can't wait until a movie is released that celebrates highly educated strong women, maybe they'll do a story on it.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
      • LaLa

        Perhaps you should meet a few hunters, especially the women hunters. It takes strength and endurance to get to many of the places where you'll find good game, and brains to judge terrain, distance, wind speed & direction, to read an animal's behavior. Hunting is far from "outdated & unnecessary". In this age of food that's processed into oblivion (don't tell me your veggie/tofu burger is not processed – it's the very definition of it !), hunting your own food is a great idea. Many seeking a more natural, healthful lifestyle would call it vital.

        Perhaps the trashy, fat, drunk stereotype you see is your own reflection.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
        • Umpha

          No it would be people like you. Anyone who thinks there is any challenge in killing animals with weapons has a screw loose. If you were on a battlefield fighting against an equally intelligent target,another human, you would have a point, but an animal? Please, how pathetic.

          March 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
        • randoid 1234@umpha

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You just said that you abhor the killing of animals but condone the killing of other human beings. Thanks for your opinion fuhrer.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
        • LaLa

          The animal has natural camouflage, speed, agility, and knowledge of the environs that humans can only dream of. We have tools we've fashioned in an attempt to overcome their natural advantages. Many times it works. But not always. The animal can run/fly into the trees, scrub, or rocks while I generally have to stop to aim, anticipate their next move, and shoot. It's not like they are drugged and tied to a tree. It's a fair contest.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
        • Umpha

          If that's what you read, not to bright, are you? I would have more respect for a kid winning a chess game over another kid too because they are equals.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
        • randoid 1234@umpha

          Yeah right. You wouldn't want to watch them play chess you would want to watch them beat each other to death.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
        • Umpha

          Like I said, can't read. However if they were boxing, it's against equals. If they were running, it's against equals. Bragging about killing turkeys and rabbits is hilarious, although maybe for those people they are equals.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          " If you were on a battlefield fighting against an equally intelligent target,another human, you would have a point, but an animal? " Did you already forget what you wrote? How could I get anything else from it. Maybe you're not "to" bright. You probably don't hunt because you are as good at that as you are at arguing and grammar.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
        • Umpha

          You interpreted that as condoning killing people, so....I'd rather misspell a word than lack reading comprehension.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          I don't lack reading comprehension, it's a direct quote. I took it in the context you wrote it.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
        • Umpha

          And I wrote your illogical response, c'mon....what's your next lame point going to be?

          March 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          Actually I wrote my response. That's why it's called my response. That's that grammar thing I was referring to.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
        • Umpha

          Your comments have turned into blah blah blah make a point.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          My point is my comments make sense and yours don't.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
        • Umpha

          No they don't sense, you are blathering on about nothing. At least make a point about SOMETHING.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          No they don't sense. It's just typeface on a computer. I tell it what to do.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
        • Umpha

          "No they don't sense" Again, if you appoint yourself the spelling police, not a good idea to make these mistakes.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          Again, did you forget what you typed? Read the quote above that and you'll understand my response. You talk about me not making sense but here I am forming a coherent sentence.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
        • Umpha

          zzzzzzzzzzzz, is that misspelled?

          March 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          "zzzzzzzzzzz" – umpha during english class. The point I'm trying to make is just because someone doesn't agree with you or live their life like you do doesn't mean they're wrong. We don't all think the same which is one thing that makes this country great. It would be nice if there was a little more tolerance though.

          March 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Umpha

        Oh speaking of warfare. Quite funny how the writer uses the watered down Roman version of Athena as her example. Athena was a huntress but she was also the Goddess of Warfare and Wisdom.

        March 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          So you're saying that hunters are wise like Athena? Finally you're starting to make some sense.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
        • Umpha

          For the third time, can't read. You really aren't making hunters look intelligent. Let me go on a limb and say the writer purposely did that.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          The writer didn't point out that Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom, you did.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
        • Umpha

          Good grief, Diana is the watered down Roman version of Athena, the Greek Goddess. Didn't you graduate from high school?

          March 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          Not from high school in Ancient Rome.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
        • Umpha

          or the US.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          No, I just took away more practical knowledge like science and math, not who's currently in attendance in the king's court at Mount Olympus.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
        • Umpha

          Oh I know what you mean, the Greeks had nothing to do with Science or Math.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          The Greeks definitely had something to do with science and math. There is a person I don't remember having a theorem named after them: Athena.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
        • Umpha

          Good Lord your comments are getting too boring and stupid, I might have to move on.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          It's probably for the best to bow out gracefully. Go find someone that's your argument equal since you seem so focused on that.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
        • Just one Comment

          Umpha, I believe you're talking about Artemis, whose Roman counter part was Diana, as the Goddess of The Hunt. Athena, whose Roman counter part was Minerva, was the Goddes of Wisdom. I'm not trying to knock the wind out of your argument but I had to step in a correct you on this.

          Before you jump to conclusions, yes I do own a bow. However I've never used it to hunt. I just like to shoot it.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
        • Umpha

          "your argument equal " probably not a good idea to do that if you are going to point out misspellings. Anyway bow out of what ? A comment section-lol!

          March 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          Nothing is misspelled there. Go check a dictionary. You know, one of those other books besides your greek mythology textbook which you were still wrong on.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
        • Umpha

          Just one comment, I double checked, you are correct. Yay, at least I get to talk to someone who actually intelligent.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
        • afterfell

          umm just btw i think that the greeks came about before the roman empire existed...... so that would mean that Diana wasn't a watered down Roman she was around long before any Roman goddess.

          March 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
        • LadyWizard

          Actually they used Artemis/Diana not Athena... Artemis the virgin goddess twin to Apollo moon goddess hunting goddess sacred animal a white doe of the silver bow and arrows to the guy that thought was Athena that was mentioned in the article

          March 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
      • Jim

        Yeah snorting coke and having multiple sex partners in the "board room"

        March 17, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • old man david

        You suck- ie- your opinions lack quality and your (poor) logic fails. Your best contribution here would be for you to wander off into the wilderness and off yourself.... .. you should do it.. .... Do it now..

        March 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Aaron

      I beg to differ that most hunters kill for sport. I'd say a large majority of hunters, while many are hunting for the sport of it, still eat the meat of their kills. This means that a hunter will eat many meals from a natural organic source as opposed to an industrial unsustainable source that most non-hunters get their meat from. I am a huge environmentalist and I feel that if more people hunted for their food, then we'd have a much more sustainable food industry and we'd also be much healthier for it.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • J

      I agree canned hunts are horrible, as a hunter I cannot stand them, the hunting industry does itself no favors sponsoring theses things. You are wrong though to think that that is how the majority of hunters hunt. That's how rich slob hunters hunt. They are not the majority.

      Also your vegan/vegetarian diet is one of convenience. If there were no grocery stores or co-ops you would starve to death very slowly. So save you indignation for the small group of friend you have that all have the same narrow minded ideas and thoughts.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • J

      I agree canned hunts are horrible, as a hunter I cannot stand them, the hunting industry does itself no favors sponsoring theses things. You are wrong though to think that that is how the majority of hunters hunt. That's how rich slob hunters hunt. They are not the majority.

      Also your vegan/vegetarian diet is one of convenience. If there were no grocery stores or co-ops you would starve to death very slowly. So save you indignation for the small group of friend you have that all have the same narrow minded ideas and thoughts.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Brian

      vast majority hunt for sport and not meat? You are very wrong about that point. Ill informed to say the least.

      But as a proud hunter, I absolutely agree with you about the canned or caged hunts. I can understand for wheel chair bound individuals, but for all others, fenced hunting actually makes me livid as it completely goes against what hunting is about. Animals should have the right to be free and use their abilities to get away....not to run and get stopped by a fence for the 'hunter' to have another chance. ick. I despise it and think those individuals who enjoy fenced hunts, are not true hunters.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • John Lubeck

      Hi Debby,
      I have to agree that your comments are a little beyond. I'm with you 1000% if you find it despicable to kill a caged animal or even hunt and kill a wild predator for the "joy" of the kill. Sadly, many hunters today can unabashedly sit and talk about these sort if sick thrills which I believe are nothing short of a perversion. But I find it entirely different to shoot and kill wild game as our ancestors did to stock their larders. I'm not sure how that is really any different from the hamburger you just ate.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Earnhardt

      Tell you what, Debby, you tell me how NASCAR is a sport and I'll tell you how hunting can be one.

      March 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  5. AKteacher

    I'd like to introduce myself as a liberal woman and hunter, effectively blowing the minds of both sides of the complainers here. My father taught me that supporting oneself completely and independently is an honorable goal, and I aim to do that. I was raised to live on wild game and homegrown veggies, and I'm teaching my husband to do the same. However, as an independent person, I also reserve the right to own my body and control it myself. Progressive thinking does not exclude keeping balance in the environment via hunting/harvesting, just as conservative thinking shouldn't exclude personal responsibility, choice, and independence.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Charlie

      I hear banjos.

      March 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        "Paddle faster!"

        Please don't add "AK" to your name. Palin did enough damage to our Alaskan reputation.

        March 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
        • CC3

          I agree that the dignity of Alaskans is important. Hopefully that dignity will always be well defended by Jdizzle McHammerpants

          March 17, 2012 at 1:03 am |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          To the death, my friend. Like a Mamma Grizzly

          March 19, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • KateB

      I'm right there with you: Liberal, self-sufficient, animal/nature-lover, and a great shot with bow, rifle, or pistol.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Andrew

      Don't flatter yourself. You don't blow anyone's mind. I know lots of gun crazy liberals, and many of them are women – some who hunt. America is a sad country that way, where somehow otherwise sane people become violent or paranoid due to our cultural influences and expectations. Also, humans have destroyed the habitat of other animals, and then somehow justify killing them further by convincing ourselves it's all about"balance" and in the end, for the benefit of the animals and nature. LOL. OK. Whatever you have to tell yourself to make yourself feel better.

      March 17, 2012 at 7:00 am |
  6. Wastrel

    "...; the narrator is not a stereotypical camouflage-clad hunter; she’s a 16-year-old girl." It seems that someone has forgotten that 16-year-old girls are the most vicious people among us. Shooting a rabbit through the eye with a bow and arrow is just the kind of skill a 16-year-old girl would like to learn, and should learn.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Truth™@Wastrel

      I would rather raise a Katniss Everdeen than a Kim Kardashian any time.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • LaLa

        Hear ! Hear !

        March 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
      • Down by the river

        Internet high-five from me to you Truth!

        March 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • Umpha

        Better, have them fight to death. Bet Kardashian would put up a good fight considering she has four sisters.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • old man david

        May the gods bless you and yours forever and ever...

        March 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  7. Eileen

    What a despicable thing – to make it seem like it is good, practical, interesting, sexy, or anything positive for a young woman or anyone else to hunt. There is virtually no need for anyone to kill an animal in this day and age. Eating is no excuse, as there are plenty of healthful alternatives to eating the flesh of animals. Not only is it healthier for humans to be vegetarians, but it would save us from a huge source of global warming – the deforestation of land to make grazing space for the billions of animals that stupid humans currently consume. Every animal that a hunter or a rancher or a factory slaughterer murders is a real individual, a sentient being. ALL animals feel fear, feel pain, feel grief when their loved ones die, and, as a recent Univ. of Chicago study of rats proved, feel empathy. Yet, most humans will deny this, preferring to believe that the precious individuals they kill and/or eat have no "real" feeling like we do. Such astonishing ignorance! Humans are animals, too, although most of them are too arrogant to admit it, having bought into the self-serving, arrant nonsense that we are "superior" beings with a god-given right to hold dominion over others. If we were TRULY superior we would have the decency to be kind at all times to all other creaures, not enslave them, take them from their families, cause them terrible suffering, and then kill them.

    Humans are the scourge of the earth. We have doomed ourselves by our own actions. It is just a pity that we are taking down the rest of creation with us. The other animals deserve far better.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Truth™

      But let me guess, you are pro choice, no?

      March 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Let me know how you feel if we try that and we're overrun by overpopulation of animals as they destroy our environment.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • Zoharian

        The reason we would be over run by a lack of population control is because we killed off all the natural predators. If we would bring back all of the populations through re-population programs there would be no problem other than more media scared humans. Your argument is like holding a hammer over your head and then complaining that you cannot let go of the hammer or it will hit you in the head.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • MannyHooks

      Eileen, you dont have to clear land to make farms?

      March 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Zoharian

        You could feed 40 times as many people per acre on a sustainable vegetable crop as you can on beef. I love beef but facts are facts.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • LaLa

      YOU are living an unnatural existence. Humans are designed to eat meat alongside plants. You think you are superior because because you choose not to eat animals. Where would you be without your beans and tofurkey ? Dead, or nearly so. Every living thing on this earth is either predator or prey depending on what other life is around it.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Zoharian

        And you are an omnivore. Go back to your dentist and have them explain the purpose of those teeth to you again. Humanity was built for gathering and scavenging. More like a crow, eating what has already been taken down than killing. If you were meant to hunt you would have the teeth of your cat not the teeth of primates.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
        • randoid 1234

          That doesn't make any sense. If I had the teeth of my cat I'd still have the body of a human. What could I possibly catch to eat with my cat teeth? Could I then overpower them with my ant like strength? Humans are meant to hunt with their brains, not with "cat teeth".

          March 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
        • LaLa

          I have the brain capacity to figure out how to use tools to take down, carve up, & cook prey – don't need cat teeth (don't have a cat, either). We're evolved beyond that.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
        • Chris

          randoid... read the book "Born to run" and you will find humans are hunters.
          But, easier, just look at yourself in the mirror. Predators have eyes in the front of their faces to stalk a prey (cats, dogs). Prey animals (mainly herbivores) have the eyes on either sides of the head to detect predators from any direction (cows, horses, mice). Predators stare, prey avoid eye contact.
          Where are your eyes located? Can you detect a predator coming to you from behind? Or are you the predator?

          March 17, 2012 at 10:38 am |
        • randoid1234

          I know we're hunters. That's exactly what I was saying. I was making the point that humans use their brain capacity to hunt because we lack speed, strength, etc.

          March 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Yuleen

      I hope that when you get stranded by the side of the road and help isn't coming for hours that you have learned what wild plants will kill you and which ones will sustain you. If not, in the future, we'll miss you long-winded, whiny drivel.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • robbie

      If our society collapses and you are no longer able to sustain your "alternative lifestyle" don't come crying to me asking to share the deer I killed. You say barbaric, I say practical. Lord knows a bear would happily eat me if it were hungry enough. It's called the food chain, and I won't apologize for being on top.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • RichardHead

      There is a Wild elephant in my pajamas...How it got there I'll never know.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • koorihawk

      Eileen somehow animals magically stop suffering the minute humans stop interacting with them? An animal suffers less by a bullet than by starvation or even natural predation.
      I am sooo glad you feel your moral beliefs should be imposed on everyone it is no better than someone forcing you to carry a pregnancy to term. I am so glad you believe that everyone should live like you.
      Without hunting my family would have gone hungry when I was growing up and there are still families that rely on it as a food source. So its ok to you that they starve because they don't have the money to by your chemically processed soy burger (btw maybe I shouldn't tell you how many cute baby bunnies were cut up/ crushed when they planted the field for your guilt free soy burger or the number of deer killed to get that burger to the store).
      Not everyone can live on a vegetarian diet. If you truly feel the way you do about human beings why not just kill yourself. Or are you just like the hypocrites at PETA that use insulin derived from animals because they feel its their divine right to fight for the rights of animals and they are some how be excluded from their beliefs.
      If you really wanted whats best for the environment and animals let people start living off the land and get connected with their food source. Let people see what nature is about and people will be more concerned about saving the habitat as opposed to building a mall with cafeteria that serves veggie burgers.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Down by the river

        Internet high five to you as well!

        March 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Zoharian

        I agree 100%

        March 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Down by the river

      Your argument is so full of holes. Do you have any idea how many organisms die to clear and maintain crops? Do you realize not all lands are suitable for row crops and that grazing is the only ag practice the land can sustain?

      March 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • jlv

        Don't forget that most of the Oxygen is produced in the ocean, and people aren't clear cutting that to raise animals. And those empathetic rats will eat their own young to keep cats from getting them. They don't defend them with their lives they just euthanize them to avoid losing the nutrients spent on them.

        March 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

      Eileen, me thinks you all ready leen to far to one side right now...thank goodness for you, that your early relatives thought eating fuits and vegetables only was the was to go...because the human race would have been wiped out 100,000's of thousands of years ago....hunting and the eating of red meat is our past, our present, our future. I gotta go, time for a bloody-rare cheeseburger.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Jim

      If you truly believe that humans are the scourge of the earth, then would you please lead by example and remove them, starting with yourself?
      You will notice that even though you may act to preserve the lives of animals, no animals will act to preserve your life. That's the principal thing that distinguishes us from them. If anything, they will enjoy the meal you have provided them.
      Whatever method you choose, the raccoons, skunks, buzzards and other scavengers will feast!

      March 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Sarah

      Do you know how dumb you sound right now? Do you not realize that if we as humans do not kill wildlife then they will envade our cities and neighborhoods. Would you rather someone one kill and eat a deer rather than see it get hit by a car and suffer slowly as it died and the meat go to waste. It is called the "circle of life" for a reason. I have been raised around livestock and hunting my entire life and I have not seen one animal suffer. I am raising my son to think the same way. To tell people this is a bad way of life is to make them ashamed of where they come from and forget how this country was started, I do not believe the the Indians and the first settlers could have survived off of plants alone. It's called protein and everyone needs it to sustain llife. Everyone has the right to their own opinion but to discourage young people, especially girls, from getting outside and doing something away from a tv is wrong. I think more kids need to learn hunting skills and get outside in the woods more often. Maybe we wouldn't have so many children getting in trouble and ending jail at an early age if they had something like this to occupy their time. Just my opinion!!

      March 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Nostradamus

      My head is hurting and I also see colors....No-Visions, It is the late 12th Century and a small frail peasant girl approaches the King. Your Highness,We can no longer gather our plants or fruits because of the wild animals and the Bands of unsavory characters that try to run us down on mighty horses. Please,Help us Your Highness. The King looked down on the pale young child and shouted, We shall build a moat around our castle,and you Vegans shall grow your own food.We will all be protected and share in the Bounty. The Vegans were ALL happy for many years until,
      At twilight they came,flying across the moat as they did not have appropriate swim wear and swooped down on the Vegans,stealing the crops they had worked so hard to grow. One saw the little pale and frail peasant girl,grabbed her around the waist and kissed her upon the neck. She felt a slight sting and immediately fainted to the ground of the Vegan Garden. When she awoke she found a note attached to her worn and torn blouse...Eat More Chiken it read........
      I see the late 1850's--PA....Git yur skinny Azz in here right now. PA hurried as he left the half moon shack,still clutching the Sears and Roebuck catalog minus some pages from the ladies undergarments section. He felt better knowing they would not be missed on his old Biddy wife. What is it Ma? I'm a busy man he said. Look out yonder PA at my pretty garden,which ain't so pretty now that them Cowboys dun let them cattle cut through here during the night and tromped and trampled my Tomato's and carrots. What about my Okra? Next thing you know PA,the Pig Farmers will come through and they will rut up all your potato's that you planted by hand. PA thought for a minute and stated,MA,there is a new invention called Barbed Wire and I'll order a roll to protect all the plants. Things went well for years until,
      The Locusts came and ate everything in sight. Somehow they even got into the underground cellar. There was nothing left except the shrill PA,what are you gonna do?
      I foresee the year 2012, a large White House as a knock is heard on the door....Mr. President, there is a large group of Vegetarians Demanding to meet with you right NOW. As the President slowly placed his pen down on the paper he had been writing upon,he shouted-I am trying to finish my NCAA Bracket and you interrupt me for this? Get Napolitano, Holder and Michelle to talk to them, I'm a Busy Man. After the meeting a secret law was passed by Congress and ALL Vegans were banished to a deserted island surrounded by salt water. What will we do,they wondered?
      The Moral to this story....The rest of us lived Happily ever after. Pass the Brisket,Please.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • Chris

        You do realize that cows eat grass so all the cows in your story would have died after the locust ate up all the plants.

        March 17, 2012 at 10:41 am |
        • Nostradamus @ Chris

          PA was a very smart man,even though he did not have alot of book learin'. In the spring after the Locusts had passed all the nearby towns,he received his New Grasses-R-Us catalog,placed his order and waited for it to be shipped on the Iron Horse. The Locusts traveled South,began eating the Loco Weed in Texas and now reside in the Cancun area of Mexico. More cattle were shipped on the Iron Horse and PA was a Happy Man. He also ordered some cotton from Sears and Roebuck,and invented Cotton Balls...A poor mans hearing aide so he didn't have to listen to MA. He died a Very Happy Man.

          March 17, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • J

      Your vegan/vegetarian diet is one of convenience. If there were no grocery stores or co-ops you would starve to death very slowly. So save you indignation for the small group of friend you have that all have the same narrow minded ideas and thoughts.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • old man david

      Eileen my love- Your Precious self would have long ceased to exist if your daddy, and his, and his before, and those before him, had held any of your thought patterns. This tells me you are a a Sport, and are, and/or will be incapable or are very unlikely to reproduce, and such specimens as that are of little to no value to the species, therefore, your opinion means Nothing, and you may do good society a favor by keeping your piehole shut, and go back to amusing your cats with their fabric mouse.

      March 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Oddy

      Sure i agree with vegetarianism, but in the end, in order to have a large portion of the population vegetarian it would require a crap load of medicine to make up for the lost minerals and nutrients from fish and meat, and then all of the land would have to converted to grow crops of corn, soya etc in order to supply everyone with enough veges. As a result more native habitat would be destroyed to make room for those fields, and many species would be lost because their habitat was destroyed to supply our need for veges.

      March 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • beth

      Thank you for your intelligent and compassionate comment. I believe in Karma and the MYSTERY of nature will always win out in the end. The human species is doomed!

      March 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Predator

    Bah, in my opinion the best option is to just hunt humans. There's billions of them, it's more of a challenge than non-sentient game, and they're quite tasty.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Alien

      They make excellent incubators, as well....

      March 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Ripley

        Get away from her you $@#^%$!

        March 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
        • Predator

          [distorted replay] Get away from her you $@#^%$!

          March 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Technicality...

      The Predator race hunts for sport, not for food.
      That aside, there is growing evidence that the reason humanity survived as long as it has is because we taste bad. That's probably why only old and sickly apex predators hunt humans, and sharks tend to take one bite and spit out the rest... We just taste nasty. Likely because of the uric acid we carry in our muscle tissues which other species (except sharks) don't.

      March 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • jlv

      Actually if what I've read is true animals will avoid eating people unless they are sick, starving or in a frenzy. Pretty much the only thing that likes eating people are insects, and they tend to eat dung, which means people taste like number 2. So if you like the taste of people then you are probably a coprafeliac. EWWWW!!!

      March 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  9. Truth™

    One has to love th elogic of the far left: Let's support the murder of countless babies every day, and we'll call it a "choice"...If you oppose this, you obviously hate women.

    But we completely hate anyone who shoots and butchers their own dinner, since they are obviously a bloodthirsty, deranged murderer.

    It is no wonder why you people will be voted out this November and have been losing relevance for years. Typical of the party of hate.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • An Inconvenient Meat Eater

      This was meant to be a comment, but couldn't find the link, only the reply link. Sorry.

      I wish I were vegetarian. That said, and as a left winger (a disillusioned one, but that's another story) and as an animal activist, acknowledge my hypocrisy. As a person, I'm trying to do the best I can. I applaud those that hunt instead of eating factory meat, which is the real evil. Which is worse- for me to buy a burger that comes from an animal that's been tortured all his life, or killing for food an animal that as lived free and happy until the moment of dying?

      Re: Chmee: I live in the mountains and people die every year here, getting stuck in their cars in blizzards. With her kind of sense, she'd be able to make it out alive. Nothing over the top there.

      Truth: What's the point of these kinds of simplistic, cliched arguments? They are 2 different arguments that don't relate to each other. The logical snap response would then be something like, "If you regulate me, you're like a Nazi." I'm not trying to belittle you. I just wish we could all drop the nastiness and knee jerk reactions and talk to each other. There are lots of these arguments in which I've never heard a reason for someones belief in except for rhetoric. That educates no one.

      I'm a liberal that agrees with the conservatives on some issues. I know there have to be conservatives that are the same in reverse. Debate used to be debate instead of just rhetoric and argument. Anyone else on either side that would like to return to respectful exchanges of ideas?

      March 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  10. Joe

    Hunting is unnecessary violence and in a world far too violent already, hunting makes an unwelcome contribution. There is no need for anyone in a civilized society to behave like a prehistoric cave dweller. Thankfully, interest in hunting is waning every year. Hunters are dying or otherwise dropping out of the sport faster than new hunters can be brainwashed into thinking that violence and cruelty are forms of recreation, and this is a trend that will not be reversed (if you don't believe me, look at the latest data coming from the US Fish and Wildlife Service). In a few generations sport hunting will cease to exist, while wildlife watching will dominate the science of wildlife management. When that happens, wildlife and habitat will be preserved and protected for the good of nature and not just to satisfy the most violent segment of society – those who enjoy unnecessary killing.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • dewed

      It's good that you live the morally superior existence, where your grocery-store meat grew up on a factory farm, penned in with thousands of other animals, rapidly fattened, and slaughtered for meat.

      Where-as the hunter's meat was raised in the wild, and lived the life it was meant to before becoming food (as it was also meant to).

      Hunting, IMO, is -less- violent than paying someone else to do the deed for you in a mass factory of carnage.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Keyan

      As opposed to...cooping animals up in hot enclosed areas overfeeding them until killing them when they have zero chance from the day they are born to survive? How is that somehow more humane?

      Nature is far less clean when it kills than any human hunter.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Brian

      another ill informed emotionally charged opinion. I sure hope you're a vegan because if so, you are entitled to your opinion. If you eat meat, you are incredibly hypocritical. If you're so against animal cruelty, I hope you're doing your best to stop the fast food and meat industries from doing their jobs. What they do to the animal population is far worse than what hunters do. The animals I hunt, have a chance to get away and are leaner from having to survive in the wilderness. Furthermore, their meat is not pumped full of chemicals from being bred to be fat.
      Hunters also have a deeper understanding of the wilderness and the problems facing it. Look up your US wildlife data and you'll probably see that hunters donate more towards land and animal conservation than any other group.

      It may be recreation for some, but for others, it's a way to fill their freezers – especially in the deep economic woes the US is currently experiencing. A deer or moose can feed a family all winter, spring and most of the year.

      Judging by the number of Cabela's, Big Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountains I see driving the US, I'd sure like to see the declining numbers you boast of. I tend to disagree.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • The Real Truth

      Interesting that you site science and evolution as the supporting factors in your OPINION. You must have never taken a class on environmental sciences, nor had a truly frank discussion with an expert in the field. Animals evolved for the last 5000+ years with Human's as predators. If you take that factor out of the equation in modern society, you have a problem with population growth, for a myriad of reasons and factors (yes, encroaching on their homelands is one of them, but I doubt you'll sell your house and set up a deer wildlife sanctuary on your property). Google "Exponential Growth of Deer".....the numbers will astound you. Without population control in place, if we left deer alone (because none of it's other natural predators exist in most areas anymore), they would experience a near to complete extinction within that area within about 5-7 years.

      You also show your ignorance in actual hunting. Hunters are VERY concious about their kill, and making as quick and painless for the animal as possible. This is why hunters carry a hunting knife: if their shot fails to kill instantly, they will jump their kill and slit the throat.

      Your conviction in your opinion does not make you right, it just means you have strong conviction, which I applaud. But you are making a decision based on emotion, and not factual information...that I do not applaud.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Joe

      What a load of sanctimonious garbage. Hunting is violence? Commercial food is killed on an industrial scale, after having had an utterly miserable, albeit brief, existence. Never mind that wild & free range food tends to be much healthier, lower fat, higher in omega fatty acids (Farm raised fish have miniscule amounts compared to same species raised in the wild) etc etc etc. You take some moral high ground because you are disconnected from the process of obtaining your food? Next time you want a steak, go watch your cow go from birth to the slaughterhouse, then come back and preach about how barbaric hunting is...

      March 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • I.M. Morally Superior

      "I too don't eat meat that comes from animals that die. I find mine in grocery stores..."
      If you pay someone to do the killing for you, how is that any different philosophically from doing the killing yourself? Being squeamish doesn't make you morally superior or get around the fact that you sanction ending an animals life. Even if you are a vegetarian, you're going to kill many animals in your lifetime: spiders, ants...
      Deal with it.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • todd

      If people stop hunting, there will be no large tracts of land for people to watch animals on. Who do you think pays for the public land were these animals live? Hunters. The land were these animals live was primarily purchased through revenue generated by hunting licenses. The upkeep is also paid for by those licenses. In fact, VA has recognized this and is starting to charge a $4 fee for non-hunters to use public conservation land.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  11. The Most Interesting Man in the World

    I don't usually eat meat, but when I do it's Dos Vegans.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Ah, yes. Another "Meat is Murder" debate. Never gets old. You do realize, Vegans, you are never changing anyone's mind.

    Anytime I see geese in the park my mouth starts to water. Nice golden plump goose for dinner. Mmmm.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • robbie

      I for one am morally opposed to veganism.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  13. BOB

    This is dumb. Katniss hunts for survival, and she feels somewhat guilty about it (like the scene where she shoots a young buck). It's not a hobby or passion of hers. She's not going outside to enjoy nature (though I guess she does that too), but to feed her starving family.

    Honestly, though, how is eating mass-produced factory meat more humane than hunting?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  14. Aimee

    Please don't hunt!
    It pains me soooo deeply to think of hunters killing these defenseless animals. I literally feel pain every year when I hear gunfire during hunting season.

    Honestly, I think taht all hunting licenses sold should come with a referral to a good psychiatrist, since the connection from gun violence and propensity to kill others is thoroughly well documented. You all need professional help, and I sincerely hope you can get it.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • andrew jackson

      I think the one who needs help is you. Do you somehow feel superior to hunters by eating meat thats has been tied up and bludgeoned to death? Is it that that makes you better? I personally think that hunting a animal in the wild then using as much of that animal as possible is what GOD meant in the bible. So, I say to you need to seek professional help.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • VinoBianco

        i was with you until you brought "god" and the bible into this. can't we have our own ideas without referencing a 2000 year old book? ugh.

        March 16, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • VinoBianco

      I respect your opinion, IF you are a vegetarian. But if you eat meat and think hunting is wrong, that's just hypocritical.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Technicality...

        I don't respect the opinion even if the OP is a vegetarian. Millions of rodents die in agony from being poisoned in order to keep them from eating the grains, nuts, an so on destined for the plates of vegetarians and vegans. Billions of "pests" are killed using insecticides for the same reason.
        If someone chooses to eliminate meat becasue they think it is healthier, I don't care one way or another, but when they make hypocritical pronouncements about "suffering," they are just demonstrating that they have NO IDEA where their food comes from.
        At least a hunter witnesses and admits the killing they do.

        March 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
        • jlv

          Don't forget the joy the animals and insects feel when they are killed when the soil is tilled. Yes it is so much more humane.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • koorihawk

      I love the thought that animals are innocent they are not. Have you ever seen a hawk tear apart a rabbit or pigeon while its still alive or two bucks kill each other over the right to mate. Wolves will kill coyotes just because they are in their territory. This is nature its rough and there are no rights. Either you survive or you don't. Sometimes its just dumb luck that an otherwise healthy individual animal gets killed.
      I am sick of humans anthropomorphsizing their feeling of equating animals with innocent or projecting the concept that animals live a carefree life removed from stressors of human life. People don realize that they embody their own feeling and concepts into or when looking at an animal. Surviving in the wild is very stressful and isn't care free.
      As far as violence towards people and hunting there are no studies that even suggest there is a link. Aimee I find your speech hateful and uninformed.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • Debby

        Get a clue people. Yes, nature is violent and cruel. The point is animals kill to survive. They don't kill each other for fun and sport. We are supposed to be the "higher" species. Well that includes some repsonsibility to the "lesser" ones.

        March 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
        • jlv

          Mating isn't critical to the survival of an individual animal, although it is to the species, the species survival is not dependent on every animal successfully mating. On top of that if you think that nature is not cruel, mother rats will eat their young not defend them if a cat find their burrow. Life isn't fair, things die and sometimes its awful. But people can make choices to not make it worse, by healing animals and keeping them from suffering from disease and starvation sometimes this requires hunting and farms to tends them. Nothing is perfect and even benevolent people cause harm by not knowing the facts take a biology class, learn the truth and don't pretend like your choices don't have a downside too.

          March 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
        • koorihawk

          Animals do kill for sport see the domestic cat. Weasels will also kill just to kill there are many documented cases where dozens of chickens where killed at one time. Many predators do kill to kill. Killing other chimpanzees by chimpanzees seems very ritualistic and not driven by hunger. So it is incorrect to say predators only kill for food they don't.

          March 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • todd

      That is probably the one of the dumbest arguments i have heard. So you are saying that hunters have a higher gun violence and propensity for violence than the general population. Where did you get these facts. I think you made them up. If you are going to make arguments, base them on facts and not myths that you make up in your head. Maybe you should see a shrink because you are suffering from delusion.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  15. Sarah Palin

    I went Beau Hunting and ended up with Todd.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  16. koorihawk

    What most people do not realize is the amount of land that is preserved via the funds generated from hunting and hunting permits. Because of hunting there are lands available for people to hike, bird watch, kayak, and other activities. Without the income generated by hunting these lands would be sold to developers and more house and strip malls would be built. Animal rights groups have contributed zero to preservation of the natural resources.
    The other issue I have is the pure ignorance and delusion many vegetarians have on their impact on the environment. Just existing causes animals to die whether from electrocution to supply electricity to our homes to car strikes from our vehicles. Lets not mention the medical benefits achieved from animal testing. Our homes take up space that once was habitat for animals. There is no such thing as a cruelty free lifestyle.
    I have hunted before and continue to hunt. Hunting is not easy (I use bow and arrow). More times than not I don't get something. I eat what I kill and I have a full understanding of where my food comes from. Do I enjoy killing No. What I enjoy is providing food that I harvested myself to my family. I should have the right to do this and not be tied to some company or meat products that I do not know the content of or how the animal was raised. I also forage for mushrooms, berries as well as wild plants.
    Organic farming BTW is no less killing than conventional they still use pesticides and herbicides to kill pest and weeds. Lets not mention the animals that died getting the food to the store.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  17. TAK

    Has anyone clicked the link to Georgia Pellegrini's cookbook? Yum. And the recipes don't look bad either.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  18. HunterBob

    "Hunters like to kill", well not really, and for me defenetly not as implied. The hunting experience is far richer than the 5 seconds it takes to shoot something. That also implies I cannot enjoy myself in nature outside of hunting seasons or on days where no shots where fired, and that just not the case. And that is concept non-hunters have a hard time getting there minds around, it not something verbalized well and need to be experienced.

    There is an honesty to hunting and I find it funny that most of the more ardent anti hunters I have met were not vegans, but meat eaters, ironic.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Tracy

      As a female hunter, I agree with HunterBob. I enjoy the peace while out stalking and trekking through the trees. I tell people that when sitting and watching an open area in the mountains, I listen to the trees sing (in the wind). I find a release and enjoy being out there. I more often than not, do not kill anything because if I don't have a clean shot that I am confident I can take, I won't take it. I love hunting, but the work begins after that 5second shot, it isn't pleasant, but I respect the animal enough that I am going to do the dirty work, clean it, and then utilize everything I can from it. I even use the bones for treats for my pet dogs. How many slaughter plants that are inhumane and in the news constantly can say the same? I bet most of these people complaining about hunting eat out at resturants though – if you eat there, even if you don't eat the meat they sell, you are supporting thier practices by supporting their company. That is what I find hypocritical. If you even like to enjoy looking at wildlife, then you need to thank a hunter – because most of the wildlife are healthy and have open space to be viewed on because of hunters.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  19. Jason

    I don't eat meat, but I consider hunting a lot more honorable than paying someone else to kill and package it for you.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • bah

      Problem is if everyone that eats meat starts to hunt.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Myriam

        Read the thread. Obviously not a problem-to-be...

        March 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  20. Robert Harris

    have no problem with hunting in the general sense or "fat slobs that can't see their feet" as long as they are hunting responsibly. But the majority of hunters I've known do not hunt specifically for food and should not compare what they do to the natural order. True predators tend to be opportunistic and kill the slow, the weak, and the hobbled. THIS is the natural order and helps to keep populations strong. Most hunters, however are looking for trophies to put on their wall...e.g. the big buck with the big rack; this is NOT the natural order and removes the best genes instead of the weakest. Responsible hunting is fine...trophy hunting is wrong.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Chad

      Actually Robert, trophy hunting, as long as it is properly regulated, ensures genetic diversity in the animal populations. By harvesting the dominant animal it ensures his replacement in the breeding hierchy by another male that has not significantly contributed to the current gene pool.

      I hunt predominantly for meat however I do not judge those who hunt for antlers. Do some research, and try not to choke on your next hamburger that is loaded with chemicals, hormones and stress related protiens caused solely by the very unhealthy operations where the non-hunters get their meat.

      Hunting is the most organic way to enjoy a well balanced and healthy diet.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  21. JLS639

    I know space is limited, but the story could have mentioned Annie Oakley who is probably the most famous woman hunter in American history. The line about shooting through the eye is close to one of her quotes about hunting.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  22. redmd

    the circle of life is a funny thing even the plants live off of other living organisms.PLANTS ARE LIVING TOO. us as humans the top of the food chain is eaten by worms and bugs. we become the soil and we eat alot of things that come from the soil even cows that eat the grass that is grown from the soil so this is the circle of life eating meat is part of life. would you rather me get off of my lazy butt and hunt down a deer and kill, cook, and eat my own deer or would you like me to eat that nice juicy steak from the butcher house?

    March 16, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  23. EE

    I say we put all the "commenters" that think hunting is bad, cruel, barbaric, etc. into a Hunger Games arena and see how they fare beating each other with sticks and eating leaves.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  24. Myto Senseworth

    I'm just glad there are a few real women left in this world.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Robin from 'Da Hood

      I'm all a Quiver by your post. I must agree.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  25. Anne Muller

    I’ve never found it a worthwhile effort to try to convert a killer. I prefer to focus on wildlife mismanagement for hunting. It’s bad enough that all those bows and arrows, guns and ammo carry a special tax that pays to create more hunting by increasing the population of deer and elk, thus depriving other animals of food and shelter; it’s even worse that OUR tax dollars pay for this very small population to get their jollies from killing. It’s criminal during this bad economy that wildlife watching is given short shrift by game agencies when it could save the day and bring so much more revenue to the coffers of these agencies for decent, compassionate management. Visit: http://www.abolishsporthunting.com

    March 16, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Hunted

      I'll remember that next time I pay those taxes you speak of.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • PJ

      At least that deer has a chance when it comes to the hunt. That hamburger you enjoy came from some forced fed bovine. Hunting is our legacy. We have been hunters and gatherers a hell of a lot longer than an agrarian society.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Myto Senseworth

      People like you are the reason wildlife is going away.....Taxes are a small price to pay to keep your world arround you and hunters are the only people that care about the management. When the government can't feed you, don't knock on my door.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • T

        Hunters don't give a crap about management. They care about pretending that they're outsmarting some wiley animals, when in fact the animals they hunt have intelligence levels on par with a toddler. Remember, these are the same animals that will stand in a road with a tractor trailer bearing down on them. Hunters hunt for entertainment, period. But even hunters have enough intelligence to refuse to admit it. Even hunters understand how disgusting it sounds to admit that they kill helpless animals for fun. You're all absolutely pathetic. As I always said, if animals ever evolve the ability to shoot back, the woods are going to be littered with fat, dead, rednecks.

        March 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
        • TommyTucker@T

          Well aren't you the Animal whisperer. If you have ever been around a Big Truck, not the Little Dodge Dakota that you drive,you would realize that ALL Truck Drivers are Very Aware of Animal Crossings and are very prepared to avoid hitting these animals. In fact, Your Daddy,if you know where he is, Wants his foreskin back you Puss.

          March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Bryan

      "pays to create more hunting by increasing the population of deer and elk, thus depriving other animals of food and shelter"

      ..so....what animals "exactly" have the right to live? Just wondering?

      I guess you can't convert stupid.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • koorihawk

      Its funny the argument that because a majority of a population doesn't do an activity then it should be banned/outlawed. With that thinking we should outlaw skiing, yoga,welfare, windsurfing, knitting, bird watching, not to mention tons of other activities. As far as tax dollars are concerned the permit hunting/conservation is one of the most efficient government activities requiring less than 10% tax contribution. Find me an organization that would be willing to replace hunters and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into land conservation that many people not just hunters benefit from.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Myriam

      Where I hunt, they have what's called Deer Management Permits for does. Currently, the overpopulation of deer is creating an environmental disaster that will take decades to recover, if ever. The hungry deer eat everything in sight, thus compromising the long-term biodiversity and survival of the forest they live in. They have no other predator than (1) humans and (2) coyotes.
      If wolves could be brought back to the area, the population would be culled to healthy levels in no time. But wolves brought back near civilization would create an uproar dwarfing the comments written on this thread.
      So hunting it is.

      March 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  26. DC

    To all Vegans: Did you know that plants can feel too? Or that the legumes and nuts you snarf down are no different than eggs?
    Bottom line is, living beings survive by eating nutritious parts of other living things – be it plants or animals.
    When your food comes entirely in synthetic form – then you can think of getting back on your high horse.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • smartaz

      I can definitely say that nuts feel. I was kicked there yesterday and dropped to the floor.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:51 am |
      • DC

        ROFLMAO :))))))))

        March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • WASP

        @smartaz: dude you made me almost blow coffee all over my computer.....be less funny next time. lmfao

        March 16, 2012 at 9:57 am |
      • Renee

        Okay, so I have now had my laugh for the day (maybe for the week). Thanks for the post – hope you feel better soon!

        March 16, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Technicality...

      Not to mention the millions of rodents poisoned to keep them out of the food destined for the plates of vegans...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Midloo

      Please... The choice to avoid all meat products is a personal one that can arise for a number of reasons – not just out of regard for suffering in animals. Stop being a silly bully. Enjoy your meat and let us eat what we want. Aren't most of your kind obsessed with "freedom of choice" at any rate? Start really thinking about what that means before you open your mouth and reveal yourself to be a Grade A jerk.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • Big jump there...

        from a discussion (two separate views, whatever the level of knowledge, on a subject) to being a bully for not being on the same side of an opinion...way to go.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • jlv

        They're a jerk for name calling, but somehow your not for doing the same thing, hum something stinks about that, wait I've got it its not only hypocrisy but its a form of bullying where you pretend to be the morally higher victim at the same time brow beating your opponent into silence. Just like when you make the straw man arguement claim that the nonvegetarians want to eat or even care if you don't meat. They don't and are in no hurry to make you eat meat. You and others on this discussion are trying to force people from eating meat or hunting.

        March 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • BP

      DC – I'm not a vegan and am sure I never coule be, so I'm not saying this to stand up for the vegans. However, I just have to say that your post is idiotic. Yes, both plants and animals are living organism, but to imply there isn't a big difference between the animal and plant kingdoms is to deliberately set aside your critical thinking ability in order to make a point. Sure, there are gray areas between the kingdoms, such as the Elysia chlorotica, because as life forms have evolved they haven't kept to our hard-drawn categories, but the fact is, dogs and humans are in the animal kingdom, while broccoli and carrots are in the plant kingdom. There are meaningful differences. Your suggestion that the rudimentary sensory abilities that some plants have is comparable in any meaningful way to the central nervois system of sentient creatures is just stupid. I suggest you stop surfing the net and pack your lunch & backpack before you miss the bus to middle school. And please pay particular attention in science class.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • The Real Truth

        Hypocrite.....i call hypocrite!! Studies have been proven to show that plants have an instinctual reaction to pain, not just to themselves, but to others of their type. You are calling the world flat when Columbus has found it to be round. Rational thought is a good tool, but there is so much we do not know, that your claim to such just makes you an arrogant fool.

        March 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • jlv

        You are so right because plants developed toxins (chemical warfare) and thorns (weapons) and bark (armour) because they don't know any better or just want to be eaten. I'm pretty sure the carrots and potatoes were hiding in the ground not to feed burrowers, who by the way to get at the good stuff when the plants tried to play keep away, but the plants hide in the ground to keep away from your greedy mouth. You being the self rightous jerk went after them anyway and pretend like its okay because they can't complain. Lets ignore basic biological responses and dismiss the facts that life is life and it does what it has to to survive. Sometimes thats eat meat sometimes thats not.

        March 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  27. mugsey

    I'm more concerned with the rediculous position of the arrow in the picture accompanying this article. The people setting up this photo shoot obviously know NOTHING about shooting a bow! If you're going to do a movie or TV show about hunting at least get the details like this right. Anyone trying to copy what this girl is doing with her arrow is setting themselves up for some trouble.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Matt

      Yeah, letting go of that string is probably going to cause some pain...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • DAG

      Agreed – as a avid traditional archer for 30 years, I have to say her form is terrible. The arrow is way to high on the string, and where is the arrow resting, on her wrist? And what's with the stupid finger pointing? I cringe every time I see that photo...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Joe

      I'm not even an archer outside of high school gym class and even I was wondering about the way she's holding the arrow in that picture.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • JLS639

      The interesting part is that often filmmakers know the form they use with bows, knives, guns, swords, etc. is incorrect. However, there is a fear that if the use correct forms, the audience won't accept it. Think about how many people criticized 2001: A Space Odyssey for the completely realistic portrayal of the protagonist traveling briefly through space without his helmet. If you are willing to go to a dangerously addictive web site, the "Movie Tropes" web site describes "The Coconut Effect" and "Artistic License – Gun Safety" for good explanations of movie weapon use.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  28. Mtngal

    I've fished my whole life (taught by my father and grandfather), and I am a woman. I get looks from men who can't cast as far, or from those who I outfish. And they are always shocked that I know what I am doing – girls aren't supposed to do things like this. But I put food on the table. I don't like to kill the fish, but I do it. I say a prayer to them first, thank them for giving their life, and do it. I'm now teaching my husband to fish, and he has trouble with the killing part, so I do it for him most times. After a while you get used to it – but taking any life is not a joy, and for the many that we take home, we make sure that we relase some, too.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • WASP

      @mtngal: you native american? never heard of anyone else thanking the animal for giving it's life to feed us. btw, i'm lakota.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • Punky

        I am an avid fisher and soon to be hunter. I am also an atheist. Whenever i kill a fish, i thank it. It's not so much a prayer as an acknoledgement of life. It is an important part of the eexperience. I too throw back a lot of fish. Too small, not worth killing. Too big, let them make babies. Most hunters and fishers i know are super respectful of nature.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am |
      • Jim

        I am not a Native American...but I thank game after i've killed it. As a hunter, I feel it is our obligation to care for our environment. Take what you can use and leave it better than you found it.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Mtngal

      I am not native american – just realize that being at the 'top' of the food chain requires some thought about where our food comes from, and how much we are consumnig. I am taking a life when I keep a fish, and for me, that isn't to be taken lightly. And I agree, make sure some go back to keep breeding. Especially salmon and the trout in the remote lakes (I live in the Pacific NW).

      March 19, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  29. Friar Tuck

    I'm going hunting for some VEGANS. They are all over Sherwood Forest. Nasty creatures.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • mmmmmm

      I don't think posts like this help change the perception of hunting as a less evolved pursuit in this country. Many vegans actually have no problem with hunted, wild meat. They're more opposed to industrial farming practices than ethical hunting.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • WASP

      @friar: lmao how do you like your vegen? broiled or extra crispy?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:51 am |
      • rob

        Quiet. I like my Vegans Quiet.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  30. Zaphod2012

    Yes, of course, because killing is such a wonderful way for families to connect then we wonder why sixteen year olds are shooting friends at school.
    The NRA is wrong. Like in Virginia. How many feakin' guns do you need to buy a month? There are so many cases of criminals not having a gun until they come into a house full of guns that are then used to subdue or kill those in the house and now the criminal has guns!
    This is not the wild west or when we had to have guns to hunt for our food!!! Unless you can't drive from your trailer park double wide to go shop for food.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Hunted

      Another ignorant comment.
      I live in Maine, highest amount of registered guns per capita, and the lowest rate of gun related violence.
      Why? Might it have something to do with so many people being raised to respect the weapon?
      School shootings take place because too many people are irresponsible and don't teach their kids anything useful. Like how to hunt.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:44 am |
      • N

        Maine is a great state where people grow up around guns and have the respect for them that they deserve. I have hunted there twice for sea ducks and I am hoping that I will get a moose tag one of these times.

        March 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • smartaz

      That sounds extremely factual. Everyone knows that criminals have a really hard time getting a gun.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • jlv

        Yeah they have that 10 day waiting period and background check on the purchases from that van in the alley right.

        March 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Bubba

      Asking how many guns someone need is like asking a golfer how many clubs do they need.....

      March 16, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Kana

      Most gun related accidents are due to the lack of education or improper handling. Most kids and adults today are not taught how to properly handle a gun, they are taught to fear the very site of one. Not to mention the over glorification in entertainment media ie: video games, movies, etc.
      A gun is nothing more than a tool, when properly used it performs well. Legal gun ownership is not to be taken lightly.
      If you don't want to own a gun that's fine. However if you do you should learn how to properly handle and secure it.
      Hunting is a tradition in this country that is being eradicated through legislation and over development.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Shaun in MS

      I'm a proud member of PETA. People Eating Tasty Animals. As for the driving from the doublewide to get food dang right. Except its a single wide and it's driving to town to get more bullets to get more food. If God had intended on humans being vegetarians he wouldn't have made animals taste so darn good.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • the Murgen

      Zaphod, that attitude is abusive and rather snide. You throw many many different things together in a rant that rally don't match up to one another.

      Yes, I hunt, and I fish and I eat what I kill. There are three lessons that make sportsmanship important:

      1) Humans have fundamanetally altered the ecology, and not for the better. By displacing the skunk, raccoon, weasel, coyote, raptor, and wolf populations, humans have upset the predator/prey balance across the globe. This has caused significant damage to the game populations, as well as represents a threat to humans (e.g. deer versus car). It is our duty as sportsman to work with governement resources to redress this imbalance. This means hunting only what is allowed, when it is allowed, within the limits set by the experts to preserve and stabilize the game populations.

      2) Responsible sportsman understand that well maintained wilderness is crucial to the survival of the game, the sport, and humanity as a whole. As I traverse my hunting grounds, I leave as little a trace as possible, and improve the area if I can. I support efforts to reclaim natural grounds and minimze suburban sprawl which put pressure on wildlife.

      3) I understand that killing animals to eat is a sad thing. I do my best to make their deaths with as little suffering as possible by practicing to be a good shot and studying my target. I choose to forego a shot that may result in a wounded animal. I eat what I kill, for to waste part of that animal does a disserive to the creature's sacrifice.

      I firmly believe that it is our lack of connection to our food that allow us to gobble endless steaks, fried-chicken and cheeseburgers without any pangs of conscience. It is part of why the society is so obese. We do not appreciate the sacrifice for our food. We do not see the connection between the living animal and the peice of pink flesh wrapped in plastic at the store. Most people couldn't pick up a steak and tell you what part of the animal it came from.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • JLS639

        We need more people with your attitude in this nation. I am not a hunter myself, but I am a conservationist. Over the past 120 years or so, hunters and trappers have done as much to conserve wilderness and animal populations as anybody. Hunting turns part of the cost of proper wilderness management into a profitable recreation.

        March 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  31. N

    If you are against hunting then WHY ARE YOU READING THIS ARTICLE?

    March 16, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Uninformed Liberal Stooge@N

      Because it is never enough that I don't hunt, I don't want ANYONE to hunt!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Midloo

      Because the internet shouldn't be a tool to just filter out only the things we are interested in. Didn't your parents ever force you to eat vegetables for your own good? You need to be exposed to viewpoints that you don't immediately agree with. Geez don't you get that?

      March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am |
      • N

        i get that there are losers out there like you that cry about animal rights but do nothing to help the overall health of the species. i am really looking forward to tomorrow when I will go turkey hunting and hopefully get to shoot one in the head. I really feel sorry for you that you will never get to experience the thrill of the hunt and comradely that goes along with celebrating over a good kill or even the experience of being outside. Remember... A day hunting will alway refresh your mind from having to deal with liberals!

        March 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
        • T

          Way to go coward. You're perpetuating the stereotype of hunters being ignorant and pathetic. It's not at all a coincidence that as educations levels increase, hunting and religion become less practiced. Let me guess, you also call yourself an outdoorsman and someone who appreciates nature. You're an idiot. So go ahead, go out tomorrow and shoot at something that's defenseless. Maybe it will make up for your tiny genitals.

          March 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  32. Chris

    Hunting is fine as long as it's a level playing field. The problem is that too many people do it like Dick Cheney, "hunting" just released penned up animals. Others sit in a blind with a high powered rifle complete with a scope waiting for an animal to find the food they've put out.

    If you track an animal down and kill it then you can call it hunting, but if you don't then you are just ambushing Bambi.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Dliodoir

      Why is it ok if it's on a "level playing filed?" The animal is dead either way. Is it on a level playing filed in the slaughterhouse? Of course not! So get over your trumped up indignation, accept that they are just animals and that we are predators and that they are our prey. A predator does not look for a "level playing field." A predator looks for the easiest kill it can get. Unless you're hunting for fun, which I do all the time. . .I don't HAVE to use a bow and arrow to kill deer and boar and turkey and bear. . .but I do. . .because it's FUN! So called "animal rights" and anti-huntin are first world affectations of an affluant society. They are psycho-social constructs to make people feel more compassionate and to show others that they are more compassionate than them.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • Chris

        I'm not saying hunting is bad, it makes no difference if animals are killed by "hunters" or slaughter houses. I'm just sick of fat slobs who think they're macho hunters because they go out in the woods with a rifle. Most of them can't even see their own feet!

        March 16, 2012 at 9:52 am |
      • Robert Harris

        I have no problem with hunting in the general sense or "fat slobs that can't see their feet" as long as they are hunting responsibly. But the majority of hunters I've known do not hunt specifically for food and should not compare what they do to the natural order. True predators tend to be opportunistic and kill the slow, the weak, and the hobbled. THIS is the natural order and helps to keep populations strong. Most hunters, however are looking for trophies to put on their wall...e.g. the big buck with the big rack; this is NOT the natural order and removes the best genes instead of the weakest. Responsible hunting is fine...trophy hunting is wrong.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:14 am |
        • jlv

          Serial killers are oportunistic does that make them okay. Pretty much all killing is opportunistic.

          March 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • WASP

      @chris: lol. hey bambi has sharp pointy horns, my high powered infared scoped rifle is leveling the playing field. lmao

      March 16, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • kjay

      You sound like you've never been hunting before in your life.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • TAK

      Chris, I disagree with your view of hunting pen raised birds. While Dick Cheney gave quail hunting a bad name, in many parts of the country suburban sprawl has eliminated natural upland bird habitat. The only bird hunting left is on private preserves that augment the bird population with pen raised birds.

      But I do agree with your view of what deer hunting has become. I was watching a hunting show on TV recently. The hunter was sitting in a blind with more amenities than some homes. The deer he shot fell and knocked over the automated feeder that it was standing next to. That most certainly is not hunting.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • James

      I strongly agree with you. I had an anthropology professor in college who told us of a tribe he spent some years with in the early 80s. When he told them how we americans hunted, they laughed and thought he was joking.

      He said that their bows were so underpowered, that they had to be within 30-40 feet of an animal to kill it. After hearing about that, I no longer consider what we do in America "hunting". If it involves a stand or a rifle, it is not hunting. It's just killing.

      Show me a person who can kill deer or rabbit with a reflex bow on foot, or a person who can kill a bear with a knife, and I'll show you a real hunter.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  33. Mark

    I live in squirrel and rabbit central. I just need some snares. Squirrel on rotisserie or some Hosenfefer.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Alliegirld

      Have a good recipe for Brunswick Stew? Been wanting to try that. . . .

      March 16, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  34. smartaz

    I kill animals to prevent global warming. I have to reduce those carbon footprints.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Yes

      Imagine how much carbon we could save by killing your fat arse!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • smartaz

        you must have a small carbon footprint due to that huge stick up your rear.

        March 16, 2012 at 9:39 am |
        • jlv

          I think I just stepped in Yes's carbon footprint. And it smells terrible. You can't say they're full of it it because they keep letting it out all over the internet.

          March 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • WASP

      @smart: lmfao

      March 16, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  35. Hunted

    Blow something away to start your day!

    March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  36. Pat

    @Kim, It would be a just world if idiots could know exactly how stupid that they are too...

    March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Grammar Patrol

      Wanna try that again in English, Skippy?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  37. friendfromlj

    Interestingly enough, purchase of hunting/fishing licenses has gone up with the economy's downturn (at least in the New England states). As grocery prices go up, people are going to have to become more self-sufficient. I'm not saying it's the end of the world, just changing with the circumstances.

    Why is it if I mention I have a 20X40 garden, tell people I do my own preserves, make my own juices, and freeze vegetables for the winter, people ask all sorts of questions. However, if I mention I hunt & fish, they get all offended, or like the article says, they raise their eyebrows with the "I don't know what to say expression".

    Also, many of the hunting shows aired on television, either before or during the end credits, will say where they are donating the meat from the episode; a veteran's hospital, a shelter, etc. Talk to a hunter, things don't get wasted.

    Whether it's a plant or an animal, something has to die for something else to live. We have yet to come up with a completely synthetic food source. Like it or not, we are still part of the world around us; we use it, take from it, and even in death, go back to it.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • jlv

      Thanks you pretty much described the Biology 109 & Biology 109 Lab I had to take in College.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  38. Observer

    I happen to know for a fact that individuals connected to the Obama administration are working on a program very similar to "The Hunger Games".

    March 16, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Fork

      Nice try, spoon.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Gracko

      Ironic that you say that, since the Hunger Games as written, are more an extension of Republican policy than Democrat... Rich people using poor and impoverished people to supply them with labor and goods for their entertainment.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • ZnHcats

        ditto. This's what I felt while I was reading the trilogy. Can't wait the move release but I also don't expect it as good as the book.

        March 16, 2012 at 9:48 am |
      • HunterBob

        An argument can be made that it is also a reflection of left wing politics since in the book the act of hunting , non approved trade and genertal self sufficiency is very illegal. Self sufficiency is defenetly not a vurtiue in the left wings eyes.

        March 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  39. JoJo

    I am learning to hunt. I do it because I want to have the skills if I need them. I take no pleasure in killing any living creature. I waste nothing. Hunting for need is justified. Hunting for sports/entertainment is sick. I understand the sentiment of animal lovers, but if it came down to a survival situation you guys are definately going to be thinking twice about eating that animal. Sadly, you won't have the skills to catch anything that matters, particularly in a cold winter.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Alliegirld

      Good for you! I'm working to improve my shot. If you are curious about marksmanship, go online and check out "Appleseed Shoot." These are great programs for training.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • T

      You won't ever need to hunt. You're living in a fantasy world. And it doesn't take skills to hunt. Hunters are some of the dumbest people you can find in the wilderness.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  40. Jeann

    That Americans hunt is proof of just how crude and barbaric their culture is. That you would teach your children to hunt furthers this point. Do you teach them to relieve themselves in public as well?

    Europeans would never act this uncivilized.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • smartaz

      Nor would they go to a dentist or shave their armpits.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • SteakWrappedInBacon

      So you'd rather eat something raised in a cage and killed without ever experiencing its own freedom? Seems like you are the one thats barbaric. Do you eat Veal? A baby calf that's raised in a small cage so it cant stand and develop leg muscles. Because that would toughen up that delicious meat!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Mark

      Nor would Americans care about your arrogant opinion.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • John@johnjchappell.com

      ...I thought a "European" was a mythical creature?..............

      March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • James

      Europeans dont hunt? Are you kidding?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Manda

      Which is why they have a Federation of Hunters Association of the European Union. Don't be so ignorant.


      March 16, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • WASP

      @jeann: we hunt because it a good skill for our population to have and helps use appreicate our place in nature..........best part makes our population as a whole ready for full scale war. oh and reminder our brutish culture saved your scared ar.se during WWII.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Hunted

      "Europeans would never act this uncivilized."

      Which is probably why we both won our freedom from Europeans and had to save their asses... twice

      March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Shannon

      Fox hunts in Ireland? Deer hunting in almost every nation in Europe> Boar hunting in France? Bear hunting in the Czech Republic? No....Europeans would never hunt. How about checking your facts before you post such ignorance! What sort of magic do you think produces the food you buy in the market? There is no difference between hunting your own food and paying someone else to butcher it for you.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • BSflag

      I belonged to hunting clubs in both Germany and England when I lived in those countries.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Tired

      Europeans hunt also, but thank you for your enlightenment.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • History Expert

      Jeann, perhaps before writing something as inane as "europeans would never do this" you should brush up on european history. Most european countries have hunted to near extinction most of the animals that once roamed their forests and plains, so perhaps in that sense you're right, they would never hunt. Just look at Italy.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Angela


      Your comment shows your ignorance of the subject. Release such judgement until you educate your self about how the food you eat gets on your table. Then judge your self for your part in that.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • artie2

      Idiot. There is a 'hunting society' in just about every country in the World.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • OneMeanSquaw

      Then WHEN the day comes that people will have to be totally self sustaining, Europeans will be among the first to die.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Dude

      Ummm....Europe extends beyond the German car commercial you saw on TV. Hunting is quite common in Scandinavia. In Sweden, many of my relatives enjoy hunting. In Lapland, the people tend to herds of reindeer which are raised for meat and fur. If you don't want to hunt or eat meat, have your dentist remove your incisors and commit to the herbivore lifestyle.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Dan

      Um, @Jeann, not to point point out your obvious ignorance, but many Europeans hunt. Unless, in your world, England, France, Spain and Switzerland are not European anymore. Pretty much every European country has hunting.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Jack

      Wow! The ignorance around here is astonishing today.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  41. Jeff

    I am only opposed to hunting when you eat what you kill. If you let the animal die, its carbon will return to the ecosystem.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • Tired

      Yeah, or it's carbon will return to the environment in other forms, in other areas. Something is going to eat the kill, why not you?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • jeff

        Because I think the world needs more wildlife, If we were living in the 1800's I would be Teddy Roosevelt. Nowadays, there just isn't much wildlife left so I think it is better to just let it live. If another animal kills what I would have hunted then its all the better, that animal can use that carbon to reproduce.

        March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Alliegirld

      It's carbon will eventually return to the planet even if you eat it.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  42. SHRIKE

    Humans are omnivores not herbivores

    March 16, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  43. Jackie Gleason

    "And awaaaaaay we go!"

    March 16, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  44. A

    I always wish my family had taught me how to hunt. My father died when I was young and there's no question in my mind that I would've learned if he was still around. I should really get my uncles to teach me one of these seasons. I'm screwed if something catastrophic happens unless I can make the 1200 mile journey back home to find my uncles.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  45. smartaz

    Meat is bad! blah blah blah.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  46. DB5

    As long as there is no over hunting and you eat what you hunt I am not opposed to hunting. While on the subject of hunting, I think poachers should be hunted...with extreme prejudice.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • cykill

      WOW...just like in the hunger games....you should run for pres...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • T

      Except that most hunters don't need to be eating any more food. Forcing animals to give their lives to make fat people fatter isn't a legitimate argument for hunting.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  47. Kim

    It would be a just world if hunters could feel exactly the same pain that they are causing.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • eldono

      Yes. Hunters are killers. Make no mistake about it. Gender is irrelevant. If you like to hunt, you like to kill.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Mike

      Idiotic statement.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • A

      Then I hope you're a vegan, because hunting is much, much more humane than typical agricultural practices. If you eat free range type meat, then just because the farmer kills your meat from you doesn't make it any different than hunting for yourself.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:17 am |
      • Technicality...

        Do you know how many rodents die in horrible agony after being poisoned to protect food destined for the plates of vegans? Vegans do immeasurable harm to living animals, they just do it indirectly so they can preserve their sanctimonious illusions.

        March 16, 2012 at 9:48 am |
      • AM

        My God – no scientist on earth would support the statement that vegans do more harm to animals than meat eaters. What a rationalization. Do you actually HEAR yourself? This sounds like Rush Limbaugh (you know, trying to convince people that Hummers are more enviornmentally-friendly than Priuses).

        March 17, 2012 at 7:13 am |
        • KanneM

          AM, next time read more carefully before commenting. Technicality never said anything about doing more harm – the post reads " Vegans do immeasurable harm to living animals." It is undeniable that that assertion is true when one takes into account the loss of animal habitats when carving out farmland, the animals killed by farm machinery, and the animals injured and killed during transportation of produce to markets. Accusing someone of something they didn't say, so that you might react with an excess of emotion and illogical analogies does you no credit.

          March 19, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • SHRIKE

      I pity you.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Me

      Probably spoken by an abortion supporter.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:17 am |
      • reed


        March 16, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • James


        March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • amanda hugenkiss

        Best response ever

        March 16, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • Truth@me


        March 16, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Mike

      I'd love to see you telling a tribe of Native Americans this. Or how about Eskimos? Should they all his their local Piggly Wiggly and shop the produce section?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • T

        Completely idiotic statement. Hunting because it's necessary for survival is completely different than hunting to make yourself fatter.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • reed


      March 16, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Andy

      Where do you think hamburgers and chicken fingers come from you dolt?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • Kana

        chickens don't have fingers just like buffaloes don't have wings...

        March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Axel123

      Tell that to the Tiger or Lion who hunts the rabbits, gazelle, ... Hunting is a natural part of life on this planet for carnivorous species.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Hypocrite Kim

      It would be a just world if every ignorant vegan didn't benefit from scientific advances made from animals. If only...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • WASP

      @kim: you eat cheeseburgers? how about hot dogs? any meat product at all? how do you think that delicous dead animal makes it to your plate? it doesn't die of natural causes first that much i can assure you. we have to kill to eat, it's just in america people have become lazy and try to seperate themselves from nature......as if they are better then nature. everything kills to eat except for a few plant types. so you are being a hypocrite thinking you're not involved in the nature of killing to eat.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • 286

      I killed a carrot last summer...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Veggie Tails

        Baaaaaad Bunny!

        March 16, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Chuck

      What a blow hole idea! In a just world you would starve to death from having such ideas

      March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Jeff S

      I don't think of hunters as causing pain and suffering – I think of corporations such as McDonald's, Monsanto, etc., causing pain and suffering.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • SteakWrappedInBacon

      Please, have you seen the conditions these farm raised animals live in? You are the one thats enabling animal cruelty. Not hunters...

      March 16, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • T

        Hunters also eat food from these sources. A hunter has no concern for the well being of animals, whether they're raised for food and slaughtered, or killed in the woods. Seriously hunters, just give up and admit that you enjoy the cowardly pass time of shooting animals for entertainment. No one believes that any of you have more admirable reasons.

        March 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
        • KanneM

          Learn to speak only for yourself. Many of us know hunters who intentions are sound, humane and ethical.

          March 19, 2012 at 3:06 am |
        • KanneM


          March 19, 2012 at 3:09 am |
    • Fred

      Unless you are a total vegitarian, and don't wear any leather products, all these anti-hunting statements are hypocrital. If I were an animal, I'd much rather be killed in the field by a hunter than a processing plant. BTW – they still hunt in Europe too!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • James

      Animals raised and killed in slaughter houses feel far more pain, throughout the lives, the wild animals. A deer in the wild feels no more pain from a hunter than it does from being taken down by a pack of wolves. Hunting is probably the "most" humane way to harvest an animal for food....

      March 16, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  48. Mano de Nada

    Why are the less and less hunters in the US? Because less and less people need to hunt. Ya know the NRA is desperate when they send out the teen girls!

    No hate for proper hunters by the way, but facts are facts; less and less people find hunting less and less "fun".

    Ya know what's healthier than wild meat? No meat at all.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • J.C.

      "No hate for proper hunters"

      What's your definition of "proper hunter"? A hunter who actively works against the NRA?

      March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • occupyEVERYTHING

      The NRA is behind 'The Hunger Games'? I can't believe the nerve of these brainwashing hatemongers.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Jack Sinclair

      Crop based agriculture is responsible for more animal deaths through habitat loss than hunting and also resposible for huge amounts of chemicals in our water . At least by hunting and raising my own livestock I take resposibility for my food intake and also ensure the animals I raise are killed cleanly and humanely and not in some crap infested feedlot. Having hunted my whole life I can also say the kill is the worst part and I make sure it is as painless as possible. I dont want to take away from your self righteousness though as it seems you take pleasure in it.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Alliegirld

        Exactly. I know how my animals lived and how they died. I'm a big fan of Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan, if you have not read anything by either one you might really enjoy it, Jack.

        March 16, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Tired

      Actually, you are incorrect. Wild game is a much healthier lifestyle than the "no meat" lifestyle. I challenge you to eat no animal products for the rest of your life and not take one supplement. The human animal is an omnivore, that means we can survive on anything edible for a short while but need both for the long term.

      Even your beloved Bambi would eat meat if it was starving.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Kana

      No, the reason there are less hunters is because states keep increasing the fees on hunting and fishing licenses. Not to mention more and more regulations on gun owners.
      And lets not forget the over development and posting of lands that hunters used to have access to.

      March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  49. paintpaintpaint

    As long as you eat what you kill, I'm ok with that. But I don't like the 'thrill of the kill'... I wonder does it translate over to killing humans, as well, for a person who has mental issues.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • CN Red

      Or all people who have a username that starts with "p."

      March 16, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • washingtonpharmgirl

      yeah cuz, you know, wolves and lions are frickin nuts!!!

      March 16, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Tired

      Did you know that roughly 2% of the population of the world has psychopathic tendencies? So I am sure there are some people out there who love to hunt other people.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:54 am |
      • Predator

        You make it sound as if only people can hunt other people....

        March 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
        • William

          I was surfing one day out in New Zealand and my friend kept yelling at me and waving his arms...then others started doing it. I was a head in the clouds type person and thought I was not suppose to be on that area of the beach. As I was paddling back to shore, I could hear them clear as day "Great WHITE Mate!!!" Notice how they didn't just say shark. I looked back and didnt see it, I got onto shore and they pointed it out. 50 yards to the right of me, it was just swiming, at least 18 feet. Every living thing is food for something. Good hunting as they say.

          March 19, 2012 at 1:18 am |
        • Stevie Wonder

          That's what she said....

          March 19, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Kana

      Soylent Green is people....

      March 16, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  50. Chmee

    I think it's good for women and adolescents to at least know how to hunt. I don't hunt but I used when I was a kid and even into my 20's and I know how to hunt. If it ever became necessary that I provide for myself and my family by hunting, I could certainly do it easily. It's a good thing to know. I also know a little about farming. So if there was some kind of catastrophe, I could cope with it. I'm not a doomsday prepper, but I do have some basic skills.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Jaime

      lol I was just gonna say you could give those doomsday preppers a run for their money. I hope you're more sane than they are though, because I feel like with all the preparation, they would scare themselves stupid.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • DenyIgnorance

      If you are one of those 2012 Doomsday Mayan prediction people, I could see your point. However, there is absolutely nothing crazy about prepping for disasters/ dangerous situations, especially nowadays. You people who live in bubbles, where nothing bad could possible happen, are the oddballs in my mind. Wake up and take a look at the world, study history. I'll be prepared for anything. You'll be lucky if you have your shoes on. Good luck.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:34 am |
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