By Jason Reid
The question of “Why Hunting” radiates on from the digital world daily. We give our time tested truths about food, conservation and love for adventure, yet are continually attacked for being closed minded monsters. When posed with the same question of why hunting and shooting in regard to their children, there was a common thread among the answers these mothers gave- Personal Responsibility.
Personal Responsibility seems to be a rarity these days. I’ve seen more than one business executive roll their eyes when thinking about the general personal responsibility of many people in society. Christie, also rolled her eyes and chuckled, “Hunting teaches not just outdoor awareness and stewardship, but responsibility, values of patience, resourcefulness and gratefulness in a world of button pushing gratification.” Peg echoed Christie by saying, “Hunting and shooting feeds into their accomplishment as a person. Learning to pay attention to detail when shooting is so critical, it develops in their character and behavior. This is something they cannot always learn elsewhere.”
Peg’s family recently picked up hunting out of necessity for extra meat in the family freezer. Her young son, Dave Jr, watched his father Dave Sr. transition from being a target shooter to hunter. After many training sessions on the target range Peg reported, “There was a difference in the way Dave Jr. handled and carried himself even in his young teens. He had a respect for the trigger which most kids, (and even adults) lack to understand. You can see he walks with a purpose and understanding and an awareness to his surroundings. Christie also added, “You can see a difference in the kids who are trained to hunt and shoot vs the kids who are not. There is a quiet confidence abounding in the veins of those trained to hunt. Because even at young ages, they get to experience the authenticity of life. They have a chance to become connected in a disconnected world.” Peg added “I want my kids to be well rounded and be able to be self sufficient. Self sufficiency is pertinent and learning to hone one’s skills in today’s world is overlooked.” She added with a bit of fire in her eyes,
“Self sufficiency has become quite trendy. But where is the real grit? Where is the true grit of self sufficiency which gets into your soul and becomes a part of your mental toughness? I want my kids to have the authentic grit to survive. Hunting is a reality because death is a part of how we eat. Just how many people are removed from this reality? So many are sanitized from the reality of life. Meat doesn’t really come wrapped in pretty yellow styrofoam packages.’
Despite the constant attacks from the digital realm, there are still moms in this world who see the value the struggle of hunting and shooting provides to growing minds. Peg is right, self sufficiency has become trendy and perhaps the younger generations have a skewed vision of the concept. Perhaps society doesn’t want people to understand the real meaning of self sufficiency. It wouldn’t really fit the narrative of our government would it? From the point of view of these mothers, hunting and shooting is seen in an incredibly positive light which should force everyone to question the opinions of those bashing what we do. If mothers see the benefits of hunting and shooting through the self sufficiency and responsibility of their children, why can’t everyone?
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com
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