Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Natural State

I get tickled at some people. They think that hamburger and other meat products grow on trees or something. It's dumbfounding that there are people out there in our day and age, that don't know that the things you buy in a grocery store come from animals.
I guess that they have gotten so far into the concrete and cyber jungle, they have lost touch with reality.
Mankind has been a hunter and gatherer for hundreds of thousands of years. Possibly millions. Even before modern man, I am sure we were out there in the natural state. Those millenium will not be erased in the blink of an eye. Though at times now it seems to be happening.
Even with my country boy lifestyle I stray away for a while and have to get back out there in the natural state. My favorite way to do that is bow hunting. Ninety nine per cent of the time I spend out there I am soaking up nature and all its wonders. It's like meditation for me. A true spiritual experience. I can identify with the native americans reverence for the the natural state. Everything fits like a magical puzzle. And man is very much a peice in that puzzle. He belongs there as much as the oak tree and the fox. Many try to demonize the hunter. It is they who have lost touch with reality not the hunter. I feel sorry for them, truly I do. X.


  1. Is that wooded area near your home? I love the wilderness.

  2. So true. We have gotten so far from being in our natural state. Too many people spend too much time indoors, away from the cycles of nature, or from raising/growing/hunting for food, which comes from many different sources and is built on a delicate balance of the amazing chain of life. I never demonize hunters if they hunt for food and use the meat. I do despise the folks who go out there and hunt and leave the carcass to rot while they take the rack or the head of the animal to mount as a trophy. Of course, those people are not hunters in my eyes. They don't deserve that title to me. If you hunt, you use the animal for everything you can get out of it. That's seeing the animal as sacred and it gives its death some meaning.

  3. Mary, my family owns several tracts of land that are a combination of forest, grazing fields and cropland. Spending time in the woods is among my favorite things to do. Hunting is actually a small part of the time I am there.
    Bird, I have hunted my entire life. My dad started me at an early age. He taught me a lot about respecting nature. It seems I shoot more animals with my camera now, than with one of the bows I make. Taking of any life is a difficult thing. And most times I feel some sadness. It's a difficult thing for me to talk about. But it is part of what I am. I take wildlife because I believe it is a lot healthier to consume than most of the domestic stock that is being raised today.

  4. For awhile I was anti-hunting after witnessing cruelty under the name of "hunting". The mentality in some is frightening! It took me many years to get those images out of my head and realize not every hunter is like that.

    My husband used hunting to escape home when he was a boy. My kids hunt with him on our property and sometimes with friends elsewhere. I am not against it when it is done right, with compassion and reverence. As it should be.

    I remember when I was dealing with this with my husband I asked him why he likes it. He told me the same as you wrote about, that it is the getting out, watching nature, being apart of it all. I told him you know nature is there there 365 days a year. I found it quite sad that he felt he needed an excuse to be out and enjoy nature. This was many years ago and now he does go out and walk and explore. Not as much as I would like but he does in his own way.

    I don't know why I am writing this, LOL.